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Monopoly: Pass ‘Go’ by the London Eye

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For the first time in Monopoly’s 75-year history one of the game’s most lucrative spaces has been given its own place in the capital’s scenery.

The starting point for the board game – providing a welcome £200 every time a player makes it round the board – is located between the Old Kent Road in South London and the West End’s Mayfair.

Ordnance Survey, the mapping firm, traced the spot after being commissioned by Hasbro, the game’s maker, using digital technology.

They concluded that “Go” is to be found on the South Bank at Queen’s Walk promenade by the Eye tourist attraction.

Rob Andrews, from Ordnance Survey, said: “It has been fantastic to work with Monopoly and solve the 75-year mystery as to where the exact location of ‘Go’ is.”

Charles Darrow created the property game – in which players try to build up portfolios – in 1935. It was based on The Landlord’s Game by a Quaker woman named Lizzie Phillips which was published in 1924.

More than one billion people have played Monopoly. Hasbro launched the 75th anniversary version earlier this year, which features a computerised bank, a round board and modern day prices.

Motorcyclist wearing barbecue on motorway fined for careless driving

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Police investigated after his antics were photographed from a passing car.

The picture later found its way on to the internet and was widely circulated in emails.

Mr Wiles, a New Zealander who lives in the Australian city of Melbourne, admitted the charge when he appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Paul McClure, his defence lawyer, said Mr Wiles’s excuse was “lack of thought processes” at the time and poverty.

“It turned out the barbecue was a dud and did not work, and that’s probably why it was at the side of the road,” Mr McClure said.

“This is stupid behaviour and nobody should do it.”

Mr McClure said his client had been approached by a barbecue company to appear in an advertisement after his photograph was published but he had declined to do so.

Lionel Winton-Smith, the presiding magistrate, said he could not recall a case like it in his years on the bench.

“I’m trying to think of a word to describe it,” he said.

“Ridiculous?” suggested Mr McClure.

“Ridiculous. That will do,” agreed the magistrate.

He fined Mr Wiles A$800 (£458) and disqualified him from driving for one month.

Outside the court, Mr Wiles told The Age newspaper that he hoped his experience would encourage other people to be more responsible on the roads.

“I felt it was right to accept some responsibility,” he said.

Asked if he now owned a barbecue, he said: “I’m better off without one.”

One in four lap dancers has a degree

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An study of the industry showed that the majority of dancers were attracted into the profession by the money, with all the women interviewed having finished school and gained some qualifications.

The average dancer took home £232 per shift after paying commission and fees to the nightclub where they worked.

Most dancers worked two to four shifts a week – giving them annual incomes of between £24,000 and £48,000 a year.

Many were aspiring actresses, models and artists who hoped to use lap dancing as a lucrative platform for breaking into their desired industry.

Unemployed arts graduates who had who had been unable to enter their ideal careers since university also made up a sizeable proportion of the lap dancers interviewed.

The research, which was conducted by Dr Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy from the University of Leeds, found that the vast majority of dancers reported high levels of job satisfaction, with most citing flexibility as the main attraction of the job.

But the academics called for better regulation to improve dancers’ safety, including the banning of private booths in clubs, where women can be put in danger when left a long with clients.

Dancers were also often left open to exploitation by the clubs which they worked, which could impose unfair charges or fines on them.

On dancer told the researchers: “There’s not enough security. I know of girls who have been raped and abused at work. You cannot go to the police as you are a stripper, so there’s no legal standing.”

The research comes after a change in the law earlier this year saw lap dancing clubs reclassified as entertainment venues, giving local authorities more powers to limit the number of clubs in their area.

But Dr Sanders said she had been surprised at the “endless supply of women” wanting to enter the profession.

She said: “These women are incredibly body confident. I think there is something of a generational cultural difference. These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a three-minute dance and a bit of a chat.”

The preliminary findings of the year-long study, which includes interviews with 300 dancers, show that all the women interviewed had finished school and gained some qualifications.

Almost 90 per cent had at least completed a further education course, while one in four had undergraduate degrees.

Just over one in three dancers were currently in some form of education, with 14 per cent using dancing to help fund an undergraduate degree.

Scaling buildings like Spiderman could be a reality, scientists claim

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Sticky gloves and shoes are being developed using a material that allows the wearing to stick and climb up walls.

They have already created a new textile inspired by geckos which has been tested successfully on a small robot that can scale smooth surfaces such as glass and metal.

Engineers now want to “scale up” the design for humans as part of a project that has been codenamed Z-Man.

Geckos’ ability to defy gravity is due to microscopic hairs on their toes, increasing the surface area, which creates a “one-way adhesive”. A sticky bond is created with each step but that bond can be broken by movement in the other direction.

Technicians have struggled over the last 10 years to create an artificial version strong enough for a vertical climb to be attempted successfully. However, researchers at Stanford University, California, have created a rubber-like material covered with thousands of tiny polymer fibres to imitate the gecko’s hairs. These hairs, which are called setae, are ten times thinner than a human hair.

The material is said to be strong and reusable, and leaves no residue or damage. It has been tested on a “robotic gecko” called Stickybot which can walk up panes of glass.

Scientists are now on the way to making a version of the material that “would allow humans to climb with gecko adhesive.”

This would allow someone to hang and support their whole weight using the material.

Professor Mark Cutkosky, the lead designer, said, “Unless you use suction cups, which are kind of slow and inefficient, the other solution out there is to use dry adhesion, which is the technique the gecko uses.”

The secret lies in the gecko’s “one-way adhesive” which makes them very sticky when they touch a surface in one direction – but then come free when pulled back in another.

“It’s very different from Scotch tape or duct tape, where, if you press it on, you then have to peel it off,” explained Professor Cutkosky, an expert in “bio-inspired robotics”.

He added: “Other adhesives are like walking around with chewing gum on your feet: You have to press it into the surface and then you have to work to pull it off. But with directional adhesion, it’s almost like you can sort of hook and unhook yourself from the surface.”

The Stickybot is shaped like a gecko with four feet, each about the size of a child’s hand. As it steadily moves up the wall, the robot peels and then sticks its feet to the surface with ease, just like a real gecko.

Stanford University said efforts to make the material strong enough for humans was “in the works.”

The development of the robots, which use adhesive toes and an agile tail to scale walls, just like a gecko, is funded by the US Department of Defense’s advanced research projects programme.