OVER the years, some of the most beautiful tourist attractions and locations once popular with holidaymakers have been lost, be it due to natural disasters or attacks. We've rounded up some of the most stunning attractions - both man-made and natural - which are no longer around to visit. Sutro Baths, San Francisco, US First built in 1896 in San Francisco, the Sutro Baths was a large public swimming complex with saltwater pools. However, it burned down in 1966 and its ruins remain - although was in the process of being demolished anyway after being sold to property develops for an apartment block. Azure Window, Malta One of the most recent attractions to be destroyed, the Azure Window featured in a number of films as well as Game of Thrones. However, it collapsed back in 2017 due to a storm. Jonah's Tomb, Iraq The Nabi Younis Shrine in Iraq, also known at Jonah's tomb, was believed to be the resting place of prophet Jonah and dated back to 600AD. It was … [Read more...] about The tourist attractions which no longer exist due to fires, bombings and volcano eruptions
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ALCATRAZ was once an "escape-proof" prison in San Francisco Bay, home to some of the world's most notorious criminals. Over the years many attempted to escape from the maximum-security prison dubbed Devil's island-unsuccessfully. This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Alcatraz, a failed escape attempt in 1946, where two officers and three inmates were killed. Alcatraz or The Rock is located 1.25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California and was initially used as a fort before becoming a prison in August 1934. It was considered America's strongest prison due to its location, surrounded by cold waters and strong currents. It is believed the prison is still "haunted" by Al Capone who notoriously said: "It looks like Alcatraz has got me licked." The gangster who was convicted by tax evasion served five years in Alcatraz, from 1934 to 1939. Other famous prisoners include Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis, who served 26 years and George 'Machine Gun' Kelly … [Read more...] about Inside ‘escape-proof’ Alcatraz prison ‘haunted’ by Al Capone where world’s worst criminals festered in hell
THE audacious prisoners who used spoons to tunnel their way out of an impenetrable fortress and a raft of raincoats to escape have become the stuff of legend. But just who were the bold bank robbers , how did they get out and could they be alive today? Here's the background to tonight's Draining Alcatraz: The Impossible Escape documentary on Channel 5. Who were the Alcatraz escapees? Brothers John, 32, and Clarence Anglin, 33, escaped the fortress-style island with accomplice Frank Morris. Morris, who was 35 years old when they fled, had a top IQ and headed their exit strategy. He had a history of prison breakouts, having escape from the Louisiana State Penitentiary while serving a 10-year sentence for bank robbery. The Anglin brothers were two of 13 children from farming parents in Georgia. The siblings were inseparable and became skilled swimmers, even swimming in the frigid waters of Lake Michigan as ice still floated on its surface. Later they became bank … [Read more...] about Draining Alcatraz – did anyone survive the ‘impossible’ 1962 escape?
BILL Gates' $80 billion property empire now hangs in the balance after he and his wife of 27 years announced they are divorcing. Properties up for grabs include a $123million mansion with a trampoline room and a $43million oceanfront mansion with a ten-person jacuzzi. Read our Bill Gates live blog for the very latest news and updates... Worth $130.5 billion Gates is only of the eight people in the world worth over $100 billion and is the fourth richest man in the world. Over the years, he has made lavish purchases which include a $40 million private airplane and a large luxury car collection. Below are a look at the properties he picked up over the years. 'Xanadu 2.0' Considered to be Gates' main home, the mega-mansion is estimated to be worth well over $100 million. The home, located in Medina, Washington, was originally bought in 1988 for $2 million. The 66,000-square-foot mansion took seven years to build and includes six kitchens, a trampoline room, … [Read more...] about Inside Bill Gates’ $80BILLION property empire – including $123m mansion with a trampoline room and 60-foot swimming pool
HE is the suave star of the Great British Sewing Bee – and is now rivalling Paul Hollywood as the housewife's favourite. Yet unlike Bake Off’s cheeky chappy Paul, Patrick Grant ’s appeal to a legion of women — and one or two men — comes from being seriously posh totty. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Despite the contrast, Patrick, 48, understands why these unlikely shows — one about cookery, the other about making clothes — have transformed both men into heart-throbs. Patrick, who is six years younger than Paul, 54, said: “We’re very different characters from very different backgrounds, but we’re both incredibly passionate about what we do. “I love what I do and that’s something people find alluring. People are drawn to that. “I’m game for all of the comparisons, but am I the next Paul Hollywood? I don’t know. “I certainly get a lot of messages now. “I can’t even tell you the most extreme because some of them are … [Read more...] about Hunky designer Patrick Grant is TV’s new No1 pin-up after judging The Great British Sewing Bee – and he’d date a fan