7 September 2013

9:00 AM

7 September 2013

9:00 AM

Shining examples

The ‘Walkie Talkie’, a new tower block in Fenchurch Street, was blamed for partially melting the interior of a Jaguar parked in a spot where the sun’s rays are focused by the building’s concave exterior. Other buildings with the same problem:

Vdara Hotel, Las Vegas. In 2010 a guest complained that he felt his head burning as he swam in the pool. Others claim the rays have melted plastic cups.
Museum Tower, Dallas. Blamed for ruining a work by James Turrell in the adjoining Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as burning plants in the building.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Blamed for an unpleasant glare in nearby apartment blocks — as well as raising the temperature in several hotspots in streets to 71°C. The problem has been eased by lightly sanding the glass.

A question of trust

A government health adviser has warned doctors that, after the Mid Staffs scandal, they risked becoming as unpopular as bankers. What percentage of the public trust our professions?

United Kingdom
Doctors 80%
Teachers 69%
Lawyers 35%
Bankers 11%
Journalists 7%
Politicians 7%
United States
Doctors 70%
Teachers 53%
Lawyers 19%
Bankers 28%
Journalists 24%
Politicians 10%

Source: Which?/Gallup

Sporting chances

Gareth Bale took a step towards becoming the world’s highest-paid footballer when he was sold to Real Madrid for £85 million, with a reported salary of £15 million. Which sports pay their stars best?

Highest paid stars in 2012
Golf (Tiger Woods) £52m
Tennis (Roger Federer) £47m
Basketball (Kobe Bryant) £41m
American Football (Drew Brees) £34m
Football (David Beckham) £31m

Source: Forbes

Flight of fancy

Former footballer Vinnie Jones says he will emigrate to Las Vegas because Britain has too many immigrants. Is he making a logical decision?

% of population born abroad
US 13%
Germany 12%
France 10%
UK 8.9%
Japan 1.5%
Las Vegas 22%

Sources: UN, US Census Bureau

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