The Road to Heaven: Val Brelinski's The Girl Who Slept with God
Raise your hand if you've ever thought that no family could possibly be stranger than yours. If asked the same question, Jory Quanbeck, the heroine of Val Brelinski's sparkling debut novel, The Girl Who Slept with God, would undoubtedly raise both hands....
August 4, 2015
This Silver Wall Clock holds the mystery of time…and all your junk
Sometimes stowing your precious items in plain sight is the best way of keeping them off the radar. Using a piece of decoration that everyone is so accustomed to that they stop noticing it is the perfect disguise for a hidden safe. This Silver Wall ...
May 8, 2014
The Really Big One
The building itself was base-isolated, a seismic-safety technology in which the body of a structure rests on movable bearings rather than directly on its foundation. Goldfinger . The other side will rush east, in a seven-hundred-mile liquid wall ...
July 14, 2015
Time Stands Still at Fabled Indian Watch Factory
RANIBAGH, India—In the ghostly reception area of an HMT Watches Ltd. factory, decorated with a space-age chandelier and a conversation pit—relics from a groovier era of Indian industrial optimism—the wall clock reads “8:15.” It's actually closer to ...
June 14, 2015
Five American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a vast dining table at the home of David Bradley, a Washington, D.C., entrepreneur who owns the media company that publishes The Atlantic. It was May 13, 2014 .. Even the ...
June 24, 2015
Reborn and revived: Marines vet Hank Goff rediscovers joy through football
There is playing to the echo of the whistle. There is playing to the faintest trace of the echo of the whistle. And then there was the late hit laid on the Winona State quarterback last November by Concordia-St. Paul defensive end Hank Goff, a personal ...
Hundreds of Watches Are Stolen but a Victim Remains Undaunted
Today, it is crammed with timepieces of every size, from piles of pocket watches to standing clocks to wristwatches that hang from hooks like bunched bananas. The watches are almost hidden behind stuff in this jungle. salon in the building, and ...
May 29, 2015
While some try to find nooks and crannies in the house or buy full-fledged safes, you don’t really need to go too far out of your way to hide a few things. Using a piece of decoration that everyone is so accustomed to that they stop noticing it is the perfect disguise for a hidden safe. This Silver Wall Clock may look as simple as can be, but it hides a shelved storage system. The only issue is that there isn’t a locking mechanism on the clock, so if someone figures out that things aren’t as they appear, you’re going to need a new place to put your valuables. If nothing else, this will make sure kids can’t get a hold of cash, cards, or jewelry unless they figure out how to put a chair by the wall under the clock.
When Wheatcroft was 15, he spent birthday money from his grandmother on three second world war Jeeps recovered from the Shetlands, which he restored himself and sold for a tidy profit. He spent his spare time touring wind-blasted battle sites in Europe and North Africa, searching for tank parts and recovering military vehicles that he would ship home to restore. Wheatcroft is now 55, and according to the Sunday Times Rich List, worth £120m. He lives in Leicestershire, where he looks after the property portfolio of his late father and oversees the management of Donington Park Racetrack and motor museum... The ruling passion of his life, though, is what he calls the Wheatcroft Collection – widely regarded as the world’s largest accumulation of German military vehicles and Nazi memorabilia. The collection has largely been kept in private, under heavy guard, either in the warren of industrial buildings Wheatcroft owns near Market Harborough, or at his homes in Leicestershire, the Charente in south-west France and the Mosel Valley in... There is no official record of the value of Wheatcroft’s collection, but some estimates place it at over £100m. Wheatcroft is a large, quiet man and a legend in the blokey, Clarksonish world of online military history.
He was there to carry out a repair to the old-fashioned chain-pulled cistern and, according to royal sources, as he worked to fix the problem, he leant against the lavatory and part of the structure came away from the wall. What started as a routine job suddenly took on larger and more urgent proportions and at the same time served to sharply illuminate just how serious the problem of the crumbling Buckingham Palace has become. This week aides warned the Queen may have to move out of her London home so builders can carry out £150 million worth of refurbishment. It was said the Palace, which has not been redecorated for more than 60 years, has fallen into such a state of disrepair that the wiring and plumbing will have to be replaced and the works could take up to ten years. Even so it has soared from a quote only two years ago, when officials predicted £50 million was needed to cover the maintenance for all the royal palaces. At a time when many are still suffering the hardship of years of economic restraint it may not have been the best moment to ask for more taxpayers’ money.
Tenants Share Their Horror Stories After Landlords Refuse to Fix Serious Safety Hazards
The entrance was hidden by a sheet hung from the wall so my room was constantly covered in dust ... who legally gained access to the property to make the faulty appliance safe by cutting the gas supply in the street off. “The landlord now refuses ...
August 16, 2015
Lord of the Flies: The Wheelhouse (Epilogue)
He was safe. The beast was gone ... It was painted sea blue and had silver ornaments on the walls and ceiling. On the wall opposite him was a painting of a tropical island where birds flew and dolphins danced in a fixed routine. There was a view to ...
August 13, 2015
Inside the Global Movement to Ban Billboards
Tearing down billboards in São Paulo exposed favelas previously been hidden from view In a recent essay describing the billboard outside her Manhattan apartment, Zadie Smith evokes this intertwining. “Whatever’s on that wall ... it’s safe to say ...
August 13, 2015
Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards
Safe for eyeballs ... exposed favelas previously been hidden from view In a recent essay describing the billboard outside her Manhattan apartment, Zadie Smith evokes this intertwining. “Whatever’s on that wall is my view: I look at it more than ...
August 12, 2015
Hidden infrastructure kept flooding in Cape to minimum
Keeping Cape Girardeau's downtown safe ... hidden. "[Flood protection] is a little bit different downtown because of the floodwall and the way that has to work," said assistant public works director Stan Polivick. "If you're out by Independence and Silver ...
August 10, 2015
The Latest: EPA chief to visit areas affected by mine spill
State and local officials say residents still have questions about when their water will be safe to drink or use for crops or livestock. McCarthy said she understands the frustrations but that the agency is working around the clock to analyze data.
August 9, 2015
The Latest: No changes to Colorado River flows after spill
The former geologist says that if there's a "silver lining" to the disaster ... She took full responsibility for the spill and said the EPA is working around the clock to assess the environmental impact. The mine waste contains arsenic, lead and other ...
August 9, 2015