Luxury hotels feel the pinch and struggle to maintain standards

Around the clock at a luxury hotel As lam nears on a sultry Hong Kong morning, most of the 1000 or so guests of the Hilton hotel have retired. The hotel’s seven restaurants and two bars are closed. Shopping arcade, sauna, gymnasium, tennis courts and swimming pool are deserted. Staff in the administrative departments – […]

Aerial photos on the rise after success of Google maps

How aerial photographs are used to make maps Modern map-makers rely on a method that was used by some of the earliest cartographers. They go to a high place to get a picture of the terrain. In bygone centuries the cartographer would climb to the top of a hill, carrying instruments and drawing equipment with […]

Car deaths increase globally regardless of safer motoring

Road traffic: how cities battle to keep control ¬†written by the¬† After almost a century of improvement in the speed of cars, in roads and in traffic control, it takes as long to cross central London now as it did in 1900. Then, the average speed of horse-drawn carriages was 8mph (13km/h). In 1988, […]

How cities around the globe dispose of all their waste wrongly

How to get rid of your office waste Hiring an office cleaning company will ensure that your environment is clean, hygienic and complies with current health and safety legislations. Any waste that you have will also be cleared and safely disposed. Who do we recommend? There is nobody better than Veri Clean Ltd. This company […]

Car manufacturing made easy

How all the parts come together to make a car Cartoon films portray car factories with lumps of raw iron going in one end and gleaming automobiles purring away at the other. It is of course a false image. Cars are not made all in one place. But the reality is scarcely less remarkable, for […]

CURBING THE STOCK EXCHANGE thieves and gangstars

CURBING THE STOCK EXCHANGE CHEATS Insider dealer New York financier Ivan Boesky (centre) seen leaving the Feder al Court in Manhattan in 1987. After admitting using inside information about company mergers for his own profit, he was fined $100 million and jailed for three years. From the earliest days of stock exchanges, people have attempted […]

How do airports cope with millions of passengers?

An American couple once arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport unable to recall the name of the family they were staying with near the airport or the name of the street. All they had was a street number and `Oh, yeah, the street’s named after a tree, and it’s close to some store called Sainsbury’. To […]

How they make razor blades sharp

Every 24 hours, as many as 25,000 hairs grow up to half a millimetre on the face of the average adult male. The modern razor blade, honed to perfection, can cut its way through this stubble forest to give a close, smooth and safe shave. Men began removing their fast-growing facial hair thousands of years […]

How PTFE is made

PTFE is made from chlorodifluoromethane, a widely used refrigerant liquid known as Freon 22. The American engineer Dr Roy Plunkett discovered that heating Freon 22 produces the gas tetrafluoroethene. Under a pressure of about 45-50 atmospheres and in the presence of a peroxide catalyst, this gas undergoes a chemical change, and the result is PTFE […]