Yet you can buy a Walther PPK for a grand
The Aston Martin DB5 used in the 1995 James Bond film 'GoldenEye' is estimated to fetch up to £1.6-million (about R27-million) when it is offered for sale by Bonhams on July 13. Built in 1965, the car starred alongside Pierce Brosnan in one of the franchise’s most famous car chases. In it, Bond races Xenia Onatopp in a Ferrari F355 around the mountain roads of Monaco, before seducing the psychiatrist sent by MI6 to evaluate his mental state. 'GoldenEye' – released after a six-year hiatus in the James Bond films, and accompanied by an extremely well-regarded Nintendo game of the same name – remains a classic example of the series, and helped cement both Bond and his DB5 in the collective imagination of a generation. — The Daily Telegraph
No, that’s not Metallica you’re hearing
The US said a government employee in China suffered a mild brain injury and experienced “abnormal” sensations of sound and pressure, symptoms similar to those experienced by US officials in Cuba last year which were blamed on mysterious “sonic” attacks. The US consulate in Guangzhou issued a health alert to Americans in China on Wednesday and said it was seriously monitoring the incident, which took place in the southern Chinese city. Last September the US ordered more than half its government personnel out of Cuba, after 24 diplomats and their family members had fallen victim to unsolved attacks that left them with injuries resembling brain trauma. — The Daily Telegraph
How much would you pay for a half-hour snooze?
New York is the city that never sleeps, but arduous commutes, hellish hours and ultra-competitive jobs mean even the most wired of party animals or dedicated employees have to recharge their batteries. Now New Yorkers are opting for a quick nap during office hours, and a few pay-for-sleep businesses offer customers a little shut-eye on the QT. Nap York is one. Opening three months ago in a three-story building near Penn Station, $12 buys patrons 30 minutes in a wooden sleep cabin, day or night. The business opened with seven cabins, but demand quickly exceeded supply and they added 22 more. Soon there will also be hammocks on the roof, where half an hour’s kick-back will cost $15. — AFP
Scotland’s rocketing hopes for a Cape McCanaveral
A shipbuilding hub since the days of the British empire, the Scottish city of Glasgow is now reaching for the stars with a growing space satellite industry. Glasgow builds more satellites than any city outside of the US, specialising in small “CubeSats” that can be used for anything from weather forecasting to global positioning. Clyde Space launched Scotland’s first ever satellite in 2014 and within two years it was producing six satellites every month. In Scotland, the space sector has grown by over 70% since 2010 to a turnover of £2.7-billion last year. The industry employs some 7,500 people, and hopes are high that Scotland will soon have its own vertical launch pads.
Gunners before butter in Rwanda
Rwanda has become the official tourism partner of English football club Arsenal, whose players will sport a “Visit Rwanda” logo on their sleeves. The tiny country’s leader, President Paul Kagame, is an ardent Arsenal fan and often expresses his opinions about the club’s performances during summits and on social media. The three-year deal with Arsenal is the latest bid by Kigali to draw tourists and investors to the country, burnishing its reputation as a safe, sought-after destination. Arsenal claims the team’s shirt is seen 35 million times a day around the world. Rwanda is the second fastest growing economy in Africa, growing at 7.3% a year. — AFP
Big stink over new Camembert rules
From lawmakers to Michelin-starred chefs, gourmets across France are seriously cheesed off at new rules that they say could put the country’s famed Camembert on the brink of extinction and destroy its reputation. The culinary row erupted over a recent deal signed between milk producers and Camembert manufacturers in the Normandy region, the cradle of the pungent soft cheese. As of 2021, pasteurised Camembert produced in factories can use the coveted Protected Designation of Origin label — until now reserved for the artisanal version ladled by hand with raw, unfiltered milk. But for patriotic foodies, the move borders on treason. Last week, around 30 award-winning chefs signed an open letter warning the venture would turn “the most popular of all French cheeses into a vulgar soft paste without taste”. — AFP