Man crushed by giant crucifix in Italy, grounded Bali flight ‘hijacked’ by Twitter, New Orleans Jazz Fest kicks off

The Gherkin, from Tower Bridge. Image by Garry Knight / CC BY-SA 2.0

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The Gherkin, beyond Tower Bridge. Image by Garry Knight / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gherkin goes into receivership
One of London’s most iconic buildings is in receivership. The Gherkin, which has been voted London’s favourite tower, is likely to be sold for around £550 million. The owners of the building, officially called 30 St Mary Axe, have been hit by currency fluctuations. Read more: theguardian.com

Summer begins in Iceland
Summer officially began in Iceland this week. That’s earlier than the rest of the northern hemisphere, and comes from the Viking belief that there were only two seasons, summer and winter. It’s a belief based in fact: due to the North Atlantic weather systems, Iceland does have a distinct shift between turbulent, cold winter conditions and gentler summer ones. Read more: icelandreview.com

Geneva station’s central hall reopens after renovation
After four years of renovations, the central hall in Geneva’s main train station has reopened. The original art deco facade has been restored and the new space has 12 commercial stores, a new baggage service and a large glass facade overlooking platform 1. It also includes a new ‘Infopoint’ providing visitor information about Geneva and the station’s services. Read more: thelocal.ch

Last weekend for famous Moscow nightclub
Arma 17, Moscow’s famous electronic-music venue, will close down this weekend after a six-year run. It first opened in 2008 and changed location in 2009, moving to Basmanny district. The club is forced to close down because of property developments in the area, and it’s not certain if it will reopen in another location. Read more: themoscowtimes.com

Bulgaria is best bargain beach holiday for Brits
Bulgaria’s beach resorts offer the best value for British travellers, according to a new Post Office travel money survey. Bulgaria’s Sunny Beach is nominated as the cheapest destination in the survey, which compared typical holiday expenses, including food and drink. Italy was found to be the most expensive destination. Read more: dailymail.co.uk

40th anniversary of Portugal’s Carnation revolution
On 25 April 1974 Portugal staged a largely peaceful revolution that brought down Europe’s longest running dictatorship. A photo exhibition along Lisbon’s waterfront documents the 24-hour coup, and concerts and book events will mark the anniversary. …read more


 

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