A car hire firm at Heathrow Airport faced a barrage of criticism on Twitter this week after describing cyclists as a “hazard” in its advice for overseas visitors to Britain, adding that they “become most indignant if you hit them”. The website – Heathrow-car-rental.co.uk – was brought down by traffic as a result of the Twitter campaign but has since issued an apology – adding that “cyclists tend to ignore traffic lights and one-way streets”.
The ‘selfie’ has taken over the world in recent years with everyone from President Obama to The Pope taking part in the trend. This has led to the latest craze of the ‘fakeation selfie’ – taking a snap that makes it look like you are on holiday when you’re really at home. Fakeation selfies have filled social media feeds, fitting in well with the usual holiday photos that clog up our timelines at this time of the year. The fakeation selfie is not as easy to create as some may think; using your knuckles to look like sunbathing thighs against a beach back drop can be quite tricky! In other selfie news, Microsoft has given employees a first look at its soon to launch ‘selfie’ phone with a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera.
After a man was charged £75 for three bottles of sparkling water at a London hotel this week, social media was rife with posts about ‘greedy hotels’. The astronomic bill for what would usually cost less than £2 in a supermarket was attributed to the hotel’s minimum spend policy after 4pm and sparked an en mass rant about overcharging by high end venues. The incident prompted nearby restaurant to take advantage of the situation and reassure tweeters “Confirming that our sparkling water is not £25 per bottle. Even after 4pm.” #Thirsty?
New website to launch this week, Nomadlist.io, showcases the best cities to live and work from and encourages you to break the office boundaries, taking your work to more interesting places. The site ranks cities based on votes from visitors to the site, and provides lots of interesting information on the city for those who fancy a break. Categories include everything from temperature, internet speed and estimated costs of living comfortably. Currently, Asian cities are proving to be the biggest hits, with Chiang Mai in Thailand at the top spot.
Our friends in the Southern hemisphere almost brought the internet to a standstill earlier this week following an amazing #sydneysunset. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were all abuzz with glorious pictures of the orange, pink and purple sky as the sun set across Sydney. Those stuck in the office weren’t to be left out; many joined in the action by posting pictures of the sun doodled on post-it notes.