A gift to Russia’s Peter the Great from the King of Prussia in 1716, the Amber Room was once considered an eighth wonder of the world. Some 55 square metres (590 sq ft), it contained over six tonnes of amber resin and gold leaf, worth an estimated £225m today. In 1941 it was plundered from the Catherine Palace near St Petersburg by the Nazis and taken east to Königsberg Castle in what was then German East Prussian city of Königsberg. When the avenging Red Army swept west as the tide of war changed, Ivan, then a young sniper, was in the vanguard as Königsberg Castle was besieged. The Amber Room was last seen amid the bomb-blitzed castle ruins shortly before it was over run in 1945 by the Soviets who changed the seized city's name to Kaliningrad. Despite dozens of Indiana Jones-style searches for the treasure across Eastern Europe it has never been found. In 1998, two separate groups of treasure hunters, one German and one Lithuanian, announced they had … [Read more...] about Is the fabled £225m Russian Amber Room looted by the Nazis buried under England’s World Cup FAN ZONE?
By HOLLY LENNON RESIDENTS across Glasgow are braced for another day of extreme weather after snow caused traffic chaos. An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office with snow showers expected to continue across Scotland until late on Friday. A separate wind warning has been issued for gusts of up to 80mph tonight through to Thursday afternoon. Yesterday, motorists reported long delays getting into the city as drivers crawled through the snow . Roads were closed, schools and nurseries closed in south Lanarkshire and Glasgow Kelvin College shut at 3pm. In north Lanarkshire, pitches were closed and cafes in libraries and community centres closed early. Following snow fall of up to 2cm by Tuesday afternoon, council staff worked to clear as much snow and slush as possible to allow them to apply salt to the roads, ahead of freezing conditions taking hold again last night. A Winter Control Room, based in Glasgow Operations Centre, is continuing to monitor city streets … [Read more...] about Residents braced for more snow as warning increased to amber
Falkirk motorists are being warned of a high risk of disruption after the Met Office upgraded its weather warning for parts of central Scotland. An amber warning for snow is now in place for Falkirk and is valid from 3pm this afternoon until 8am tomorrow. A yellow warning for snow and ice will remain in place for most of Scotland until Friday evening. A yellow warning for high winds has also been issued for Wednesday night through to early afternoon on Thursday. Other areas to be ugraded to an amber warning include West Lothian, North and South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Glasgow, Dumfries and Galloway and the western Borders. Traffic Scotland is providing regular updates on social media, as well as through its website and radio broadcasts, with travellers being urged to check the latest information before they set off. Humza Yousaf, transport minister, said: “The Met Office has upgraded its snow warning for parts of south west and central … [Read more...] about Falkirk upgraded to amber snow warning
AMBER Dowding was one of the seven stars axed from The Only Way Is Essex yesterday – but she’s already hinting she could make a return to the ITVBe show soon.Talking exclusively to The Sun Online, Amber says that she’s so happy with boyfriend Chris Clark that she’s got no drama to bring to the show – and that could be why she’s been let go from the cast.“We had a meeting and it was a mutual feeling that it was time to move on. I’ve got nothing but respect for the cast and crew,” she tells The Sun Online.Hinting that the lack of drama with boyfriend Chris was behind the decision, she added: “Chris and I are in a really good place. We all come to a time in our lives when you’re looking for what is coming next.“I’ll miss the people on the show, I have genuine friends on Towie. Like Tommy and Georgia – they’re my genuine friends. I’ll miss seeing them on screen but I see them all the time … [Read more...] about Amber Dowding reveals she was sacked from Towie because ‘she’s too happy in her relationship’ with Chris Clark as she hints at return
Amber Rose has become the latest victim of a string of home invasions in Los Angeles. According to E! News, the intruder broke into her house and spent hours inside while she and the rest of the household were asleep. The model reportedly woke up on 18 May to find a broken window in her kitchen. On going through the surveillance footage, they found that after entering the house, the man left the property almost four hours later. Rose's son, mother, assistant and bodyguards were asleep during the invasion, but according to authorities no one was harmed and TMZ confirms that nothing was stolen. A source claims the nightclub owner's assistant even got up to make food while the suspect was in the house. This break-in comes on the heels of a gun-point robbery at the home of American rapper A$AP Rocky. According to the LAPD, approximately $1m worth of property was stolen. "At 11.30pm last night officers responded to a home invasion robbery," a police spokesperson said. "A female was walking … [Read more...] about Amber Rose’s home broken into and intruder stays for hours while she sleeps