Visitors to London will get a taste of Memphis, thanks to a new
taxicab awash in bright colors and the images of Elvis, B.B. King
The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau bought the ad space
on the taxi, painting virtually every inch of it with Memphis
images and icons.
If that's not
enough, the driver was trained to answer almost any Memphis-related
question his riders might throw at him.
What's more, the cab is filled with brochures about Memphis.
So, what if you decide to ride a double-decker sightseeing bus
instead of a taxi? No problem. The roof the taxi is decorated with
a portrait of, who else? The king himself.
Bad old days
One day in a conversation about how much restaurants have
improved in the U.K. in recent years, a British travel writer noted
to Insider that hotels are considerably better, too.
To make that case, he recalled for Insider the time in 1969 when
he was covering the investiture of Prince Charles in North
Roger stayed in a hotel and had dinner there with a friend.
Having finished their main course, the pair was asked to take
dessert in the bar because staff wanted to close the restaurant at
The friend refused to move, so the restaurant staff, positioned
behind a screen, could be heard engaged in much buzzy chatter. Then
someone began flicking the lights on and off. The diners persisted
and had dessert in the restaurant.
Nowhere to hide
Obsessive-compulsives, take note: Insider has unearthed the
ultimate gizmo for battling hotel-room bacteria.
On the market now is a battery-operated ultraviolet tool
designed to expose dried bodily fluids lurking sight unseen in bed,
bath and beyond.
The thing works best in a dark room. Users are instructed to
shine the pocket-size light over the bedspread.
An ocean of secrets, hiding in plain sight, suddenly become
The gizmo comes with a bottle of spray disinfectant and a jar of
If that doesn't take care of the problem, move to another room
And here's the kicker: The tool has a variety of uses inside the
home as well.
Like checking kids' heads for lice or their hands for germs and
detecting everything from rodents to counterfeit currency.
This one goes right on next year's Christmas list!
Another hotel tale
Yet another weird twist in the ongoing hotel room amenity
Insider checked into a small new hotel in Paramaribo, Suriname.
The room was simply but comfortably furnished. It wasn't until
bedtime that the flaws cropped up.
The telephone was on a night table on one side of the queen-size
bed, while the television remote control was on a table on the
other side of the bed -- nailed, bolted and screwed down tight.
Not just the base, but the whole device. This meant that all
objects on the bed, such as backpack, purse, open suitcase, had to
be removed from the directional path of the remote to the TV
If the path was blocked by any object higher than the bedspread,
the remote control could not trigger the On or Off power on the
Insider looked for the clock radio to set the alarm, as a backup
to the morning wake-up call, which might or might not come.
It was a long search in a small room. Finally, the radio was
located, tucked back into the bottom shelf of the telephone
It, too, was bolted down. The only way that Insider could see
the time or turn on/off the alarm clock was to lie flat on the
floor facing the table next to the bed.
Insider fell asleep with the TV on because she couldn't make the
stretch from the telephone side of the bed to the remote control
The morning wake-up call, by the way, did come -- 30 minutes
late. The alarm clock never went off.