With its eclectic fusion of Regency and mythological motifs, Havona House stands out amid the stucco-fronted Victorian townhouses in Notting Hill’s Pembridge Villas. The newly built mansion’s mock neoclassical columns and the limestone carvings of Greek deities on the facade reflect the roots of its owner, property investor Costas Diamantopoulos. Stepping inside the 8,600 sq ft (800 sq m) property, which is on the market for £25m, you are confronted by an array of opulent features, including a free-floating stone staircase, hand-blown glass pendants and marble en-suite bathrooms. But the most extraordinary parts of this substantial home, just a short walk from bustling Portobello Road market, lie below ground in a double-level basement, which cost £4m to build. On its first floor is an underground garage, in which up to three cars can be parked via robotic platforms. On the lower floor is a 70ft swimming pool, which is filled by a waterfall that cascades over … [Read more...] about ‘A pool in the basement is a clear marker of wealth’: how the super-rich are digging down
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Video PlayerClose LHASA, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- The first planetarium in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has opened for trial operation. Located in Lhasa economic and technological development zone, the planetarium covers about 8,000 square meters. With an investment of 186 million yuan (27 million U.S. dollars), the planetarium uses high-tech means such as interactive projection and virtual reality to help visitors learn about the mystery of the universe. "It's so delighted to know that Tibet has its own professional planetarium, which is a new progress for China's astronomical science popularization," said Shi Shuo, an official of the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Shi said he hopes this venue can help people of all ethnic groups in Tibet, especially children, learn astronomy, fall in love with astronomy and foster scientific ideals from an early age. The trail operation is scheduled to last until April 2020. … [Read more...] about Tibet’s first planetarium starts trial operation
Although what you dread is in the future, your feelings of anxiety are in the present moment. When these anxieties are parasitic, they drain your time and resources and offer no healthy benefits in return. In this world, your threats are more psychological than actual. Nevertheless, the feelings are real! Source: (C) Dr. Bill Knaus: The Tangled Self In your parasitic moments of anxiety, you blow possible negative events out-of-proportion. You doubt yourself. You feel helpless.You feel vulnerable. However, the events you dread may not happen. If they do, they are not objectively threatening. But at the time, that doesn't matter. Perception is reality. Your parasitic anxieties are normally about you. This self-anxiety may be the most common, yet underrated, parasitic anxiety. For example, if you dread appearing anxious in public, you’ve experienced one version of self-anxiety. If you worry too much about what's wrong with you, you experienced another. When … [Read more...] about Three Strong Steps To Combat Anxiety And Insecurity
New Delhi [India], June 16 (ANI): Leading co-working chain SproutBox has announced the launch of India's largest co-working facility - SproutBox Suryavilas in Okhla, Delhi's premier business district.Spread over 15,000 square feet, it has the distinction of being the largest and only facility that offers 24x7x365 operations, to cater to the demanding and flexible requirements of its users that includes freelancers, start ups and corporates.SproutBox offers a co-working space, serviced office space, virtual office, or a depending on the needs of its users.Built in partnership with Suryavilas Luxury Resorts, SproutBox Suryavilas (Okhla) will also be a full-time incubator working closely with food, food tech, and hospitality companies. With a seating capacity for 300+ people, an Auditorium that can accommodate up to 50 people, meeting rooms equipped for presentations, an in-house Data Centre, and an Upcoming Maker Space, SproutBox Suryavilas offers an ideal space for Start Ups, … [Read more...] about SproutBox announces launch of India’s largest facility in Okhla
Britain’s social security system is failing thousands of its most vulnerable claimants, with delays and errors in processing welfare benefits leaving many sick and disabled people, including some with cancer, for months without income. MPs have been told that long waits for benefit payments are the single biggest cause of food bank use and are forcing claimants into debt and “survival crime” such as shoplifting, as well as triggering stress, mental illness and homelessness. Charities and local authorities say the millions of pounds they spend providing advice and help to vulnerable individuals left in crisis by avoidable benefit delays is unsustainable, and they cannot “shore up” the system’s failings indefinitely. The claims are contained in over 60 evidence submissions by frontline charities, food banks, councils, housing associations, private landlords, academics and individuals to a Commons select committee inquiry on benefit delivery which … [Read more...] about Welfare system failing thousands of its most vulnerable claimants, MPs told
Ayushmann Khurana starrer 'Article 15' has reached a new milestone and crossed the 50 Crore mark at the Box Office, within just 13 days of its release. It opened its way into widespread praise and acclaim and ever since then, the film has seen a great footfall in the theatres, resulting into the film collecting a whopping 50.83 crores on its thirteenth day alongside garnering high praises for its gritty story and incredible performances! It's a great feeling when films like 'Article 15' do well at the theatres. It’s one key thing to note when the audience acknowledges and appreciates relevant content which is also inspired by real incidents. The Anubhav Sinha directorial is a stark reminder of the deep-rooted issues of our country, highlighted by the heroic character of Ayushmann Khurrana. The movie is the most realistic investigative drama which is inspired by real-life incidents. From Dalit rapes to other atrocities, 'Article 15' gets a hold of the social nerve of the society … [Read more...] about Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Article 15’ Touches New Milestone; Crosses 50 Crore Mark At Box Office!