The village of Teissières-les-Bouliès in central France doesn’t get that many tourists. At least not yet. Tucked away in the rural department of Cantal in south-central France lies Teissières-les-Bouliès, a community of just 350 inhabitants according to the latest population census. Since June, the only remaining phone box in this picturesque village near Aurillac has been transformed into a rather cozy office de tourisme, roughly one square metre in size. With the go ahead of the town hall, a young couple of volunteers from Teissières-les-Bouliès got to work with the miniature refurbishment, France Info reported. The outside structure is now made out of larch wood and the inside is equipped with several shelves to hold dozens of flyers and information packs for the many more visitors that Teissières-les-Bouliès hopes to attract. And whereas the Guinness Book of World Records has not yet confirmed that this is indeed the … [Read more...] about French village opens up ‘world’s smallest’ tourist office… in a phone box
By Vladimir Soldatkin SARANSK, Russia (Reuters) – Saransk, the smallest of Russia’s World Cup venues, is adjusting to life without world-class football and the joie de vivre of enthusiastic foreign fans, after hosting its final game of the tournament. And for some, it’s all over too soon. Located 650 km (400 miles) southeast of Moscow and with a population of just 300,000, Saransk was a surprise World Cup host choice because it lacked necessary infrastructure and its own soccer club was languishing in the lower reaches of the Russian soccer league. After building a new 45,000 all-seater stadium, it hosted four group stage matches with the highlight a clash between Iran and Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal, which ended in a 1-1 draw. The quiet city had never seen such an exuberant party, with tens of thousands of overseas fans wrapped in their national colours. But no playoff matches will be played there and the locals are settling back into normal life. “TWINGE … [Read more...] about For Russia’s smallest World Cup city, moment of fame over too soon
0 Post a comment Tuesday, 5 June 2018 - Local People by Sam Acourt - Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette @@AcourtSamantha [email protected] The ‘smallest nightclub in the world’ has opened in the South Hams, as the 5,000th BT phone box is repurposed. Kingsbridge Town Council has bought the phone box at the top of Fore Street, outside the police station, from BT for £1 and BT helped installed a music system, a glitter ball and lighting as part of the celebrations around reaching this national milestone of the 5,000th ‘adopted’ phone box. Instead of making phone calls, the phone box will play records such as ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ by Blondie, 1978, and ‘Telephone Line’ by Electric Light Orchestra, 1976. Music lovers will be able to listen to a record by paying £1 to use a dial-a-disc-type record system. All proceeds will be donated to the charity @115, at the top of Fore Street, which supports … [Read more...] about ‘Smallest Nightclub in the World’ opens for the first time
Sparkling wine sales have continued to rise but at a slower rate, suggesting the UK could be approaching "peak prosecco". Research by accountancy group UHY Hacker Young found that 35.8 million gallons of sparkling wine was sold last year, an increase of 5% on the previous 12 months.But the increase was the smallest since 2011, amid a rising cost of imports from Italy and France because of the weakness of the pound, the report said.UHY Hacker Young suggested prosecco may be suffering from brand overexposure through overstocking at supermarkets."A 5% increase in sales is not at all bad but that comes after several years of double-digit growth," spokesman James Simmonds said."Unless the industry can revitalise its image this year, we may now be reaching 'peak prosecco'."It is hard for a luxury product to make the leap into the mass market without losing its reputation for exclusivity."A lot of English wine producers are now vying to capture the space left, as prosecco moves to the … [Read more...] about UK could be approaching ‘peak prosecco’ amid smallest increase in sales since 2011
RICE LAKE, Minn. — Susan and Geoffrey Bennett raise pygora goats on their Rice Lake farm for their fleece, which produces a prized fiber that can be like mohair or cashmere. Bigger goats produce more fiber; hence, it’s a matter of pure economics that bigger is better. “I don’t want to raise miniature goats,” Susan said earlier this week at their Amity Creek Pygora Goat Farm, the only registered pygora goat farm in Minnesota. But a buck named Hagrid apparently didn’t get the memo. Though healthy-sized himself, Hagrid sires goats that tend to grow up on the small side, she said. One of those offspring, a doe named Ivy, hardly could be said to have grown up at all. In fact, although it is not yet official, she may prove to be the world’s record holder in the category of goat — smallest. Ivy was born 14 months ago. After 4 weeks, Susan said, Ivy simply stopped growing, while a couple of other pygoras born at the same time shot past her. Last … [Read more...] about Ivy, a Minnesota goat, could be the world’s smallest. She’s pretty spunky, too.