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 and others.

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau bought the ad space on the taxi, painting virtually every inch of it with Memphis images and icons.

A London taxi promotes the legends of Memphis.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 Wales.

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 8 p.m.

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 visible.

The gizmo comes with a bottle of spray disinfectant and a jar of hand-sanitizing lotion.

If that doesn't take care of the problem, move to another room or hotel.

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 saga.

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 screen.

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 TV.

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 table.

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 side.

The morning wake-up call, by the way, did come -- 30 minutes late. The alarm clock never went off.

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