THE WORLD’S LONGEST SEA BRIDGE : Longest, Tallest and Oldest Bridges |

Longest, Tallest and Oldest Bridges

Originally on Q-News on 02. Jul, 2011


China opens world’s longest sea bridge

The 26.4 mile-long Qingdao Haiwan Bridge – the world’s longest bridge over sea water – opens to traffic in China.

The marathon-length Qingdao Haiwan Bridge would easily span the English Channel and is almost three miles longer than the previous record-holder, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in the American state of Louisiana.

The vast structure links the centre of the booming port city of Qingdao in eastern China’s Shandong Province with the suburb of Huangdao, spanning the wide blue waters of Jiaozhou Bay.

The bridge is expected to carry over 30,000 cars a day and will cut the commute between the city of Qingdao and the sprawling suburb of Huangdao by between 20 and 30 minutes.

The sheer scale of the bridge reveals further recent advances made by Chinese engineering.

China is already home to seven of the world’s 10 lengthiest bridges, including the world’s longest, the 102-mile Danyang-Kunshan rail bridge, which runs over land and water near Shanghai.

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Daphne Guinness’s glove story

It is hard to walk around New York at the moment without seeing traces of Daphne Guinness. She is one of the unnamed models used by her friend David LaChapelle in new photographic works on display at the Lever House Art Collection. In the Metropolitan Museum, right opposite her apartment building, there is a major exhibition of work by another friend, the late Alexander McQueen, featuring many dresses from Guinness’s own collection. For the fund-raising event that opened the exhibition last month, Guinness did a performance piece in the windows of the hip department store Barney’s, trying on different outfits before finally putting on a glorious feathered creation by Sarah Burton – who took over the McQueen label after the designer’s death – and leaving for the ball. This September there will be an exhibition at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology entirely drawn from her extraordinary couture collection.


Daphne Guinness in New York at David LaChapelle's 'From Darkness To Light' Opening at Lever House, New York Photo: REX


In the meantime, she is writing a novel, she is painting, and she has just finished three films. Two are by her friend the photographer Joe Lally, and she produced them as well as acts in them. (She has also directed her own short films, and Cashback , the film she produced for the photographer Sean Ellis, was nominated for an Oscar in 2004.) The third is a short about soul-swapping.

‘Anything that’s really just off the radar, I’ll do it,’ she says cheerfully. ‘There’s always zero budget, so I do my own hair and make-up and off we go.’

Guinness has her finger in so many creative pies that it is hard to know how to describe her: artist, actress, heiress, patron, muse, collector, model, designer? What she is, most of all, is something so rare these days that we tend to dismiss it as eccentricity: a woman who is always uniquely, authentically herself. With her striking badger-stripe hair and her quirky mix of couture, vintage and self-designed clothes, Guinness is a true original. Money helps in this, of course – and she is certainly wealthier than most of us will ever be, although not as rich as people think: ‘Hardly anybody ever is.’

via Daphne Guinness’s glove story – Telegraph.

Playful poltergeist Nanny Goony haunting Scottish sweet shop

A SWEET-TOOTHED ghost has whipped up a storm in a teacup at a village cafe.

The friendly “Casper” likes to move sweet jars and other goodies around the tearoom in the night.

But the playful poltergeist sometimes makes an appearance during the day.

Laura McKirdy and her mum Fiona believe they are being haunted by an old lady dubbed Nanny Goony by folk in Cardross, Dunbartonshire.

Laura said: “I had just locked the door one evening when a jar of lollipops went crashing to the floor.

“I thought I’d just pick them all up in the morning but, when I came back, they were back in the jar and stood upright. Other spooky happen-ings include sweets moving on their own, pictures falling off the wall and crumbs appearing on newly wiped tables.

Read the whole story at: Playful poltergeist Nanny Goony haunting Scottish sweet shop – The Daily Record.

Quirky Work: Owners charter fun in Frankenmuth |

FRANKENMUTH — Main Street is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions, but tourists can find some German hospitality on the water in town, as well.


Jerry Kabat, owner of Frankenmuth Fun Ships, 445 S. Main in Frankenmuth travels past the covered bridge while touring the Cass River in downtown Frankenmuth. The boats are 100 percent electric.
Jerry Kabat, owner of Frankenmuth Fun Ships, 445 S. Main in Frankenmuth travels past the covered bridge while touring the Cass River in downtown Frankenmuth. The boats are 100 percent electric.


The Cass River, running along the east side of Main Street, is where Jerry and Bev Kabat make their living.

“A lot of locals may not appreciate the value of the river being right here,” says Jerry Kabat, who with his wife owns and operates Frankenmuth Fun Ships.

The Kabats draw bachelorette parties, business groups and tourists with their electric boat tours. There’s wine tasting on board with 20 varieties from the Mount Morris-based Wolcott Winery and 40 types of chocolates handmade in the shop’s kitchen by Mary Farnham.

Tucked behind their yellow building at 445 S. Main is a two-story deck that leads passengers down to the boats and rental aqua cycles. Customers not keen on boat rides can enjoy chocolate and wine in the recently completed Riverview Wine Garten.

“People think we’re just a little store here, but we are a part of the overall Frankenmuth experience,” Kabat said. “There might be bigger players in town, but there’s not one business that makes it Frankenmuth.”

Fun Ships has been open since 2009, but the Kabats have been entertaining Frankenmuth visitors since the 1980s, owning one of the town’s first horse and carriage businesses, as well as the Riverview Queen, a 60-passenger river paddle boat. The couple turned to activity-related tourism after Jerry Kabat put in more than two decades as a vocational job placement counselor.

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