Saturday, January 1, 2011
UK celebrates new year in style
The new year has been celebrated in style today as fireworks and parties took place up and down the nation to celebrate 2011.
Hundreds of thousands of revellers attended open-air gatherings across the UK, including the two most popular get-togethers in London and Edinburgh.
The London fireworks show was set to music (PA)
Around 250,000 people watched a spectacular eight-minute firework display at the London Eye, which was set to music for the first time ever.
The music, provided by DJ Nihal of BBC Radio 1, was heard by masses enjoying the evening's warmer weather after the country was battered during the week with sub-zero temperatures.
Meanwhile, 80,000 people were partying north of the border at the ever-popular Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh. Glasgow and Cardiff also held large firework displays.
The Hogmanay festival is the only one still going, after kicking off its traditional four-day party on Thursday with a torchlight procession along the Royal Mile.
Unlike the London gathering, Hogmanay had a ticket-only main event, ushering in 2011 with traditional Scottish dancing and performances by Biffy Clyro, Billy Bragg and The Charlatans.
Biffy Clyro were able to perform their hit single Many of Horror, which was renamed When We Collide to become a number one for X Factor winner Matt Cardle this Christmas.
Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/851561-uk-celebrates-new-year-in-style#ixzz19nWd1GOP
Friday, December 31, 2010
Mile high club flights branded 'too distracting' for pilots
Love is no longer in the air for Mile High Flights, after aviation authorities refused to renew its licence because hearing lovemaking may be distracting for pilots.
The saucy air charter company had offered passengers the ultimate pleasure flight, by giving amorous couples - and on one occasion a threesome - the chance to book a plane ride specifically to join the mile high club.
Lovers have been grounded by a 'prudish' ruling (Thinkstock)
It had operated the flights in a Cessna light aircraft, complete with a bedroom area curtained off from the cockpit, from Gloucestershire Airport for the past two years, charging £640 a time for the experience - and even providing customers with a 'certificate of initiation'.
Mile High Flights has now had to halt the service after the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) withdrew it licence on safety grounds.
Mike Crisp, the company's founder, claimed the real reason the flights had been grounded is that someone in the CAA disapproves of people joining the mile high club.
'I am getting emails every week from couples who want to go up in the plane. It's a shame we've had to stop because of some prudish snobbery on the part of the CAA,' he complained.
The CAA insisted it 'cast no moral judgements' and that safety fears were the reason for Mile High Flights' licence not being renewed.
Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/851546-mile-high-club-flights-branded-too-distracting-for-pilots#ixzz19i3jPGxa
Retail giant Costco stocks shelves with alcoholic chocolate milk
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 2:17 PM on 31st December 2010
Last updated at 2:17 PM on 31st December 2010
On sale at Costco: The 40 proof Afult Chocolate Milk is being sold at retail giant Costco for around $15
The drink has gone on sale relatively recently, but is likely to draw the same criticism as its alcoholic friends Cream - the alcoholic whipped cream - and Four Loco.
Adult Chocolate Milk was developed by Newport Beach mother Tracy Reinhardt, who claims she mixed up the liquor in her kitchen after putting her kids to bed one night.
After enjoying the results and spotting the marketing potential, she teamed up with Nikki Halbur, a former classmate from Santa Ana's Mater Dei High School.
Together they refined the formula, then started selling and marketing it.
The high-profile spot in Costco is a major coup for the fledgling company.
In December the
Food and Drug Administration removed Four Loko off the shelves after outcry over the damaging aspects of the drink.
Banned: Four Loko - a caffeinated alcoholic drink - was removed from sale
The agency said Phusion Projects, maker of Four Loko, and United Brands Co., maker of Joose, were ordered to remove their products from retail.
The controversial drinks drew national attention after a girl nearly died and nearly a dozen students from Central Washington University were rushed to hospital.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1342940/Costco-courts-controversy-selling-alcoholic-chocolate-milk.html#ixzz19heylzLQ