Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just purchased a luxury mansion penthouse in New York, according to reports. And whilst the $80 million (£63 million) price tag may seem eye-watering for us regular folk, it’s probably a drop in the ocean for Bezos, who holds the title of world’s richest man. Located in the upmarket neighbourhood of Flatiron, Manhattan, the three-story property boasts a 24-hour concierge, golf simulator, fitness centre, screening room and game room. Despite the 17,000 square-foot space, the billionaire will most likely be moving into his new abode alone, since announcing his divorce from wife Mackenzie in January. In April, the pair released separate statements announcing they had “finished the process of dissolving” their marriage. Shortly after their divorce was announced, it emerged that Mr Bezos was dating TV presenter Lauren Sanchez, although sources persist that the relationship did not start until their marriages had ended. Here’s … [Read more...] about Is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos still the richest person in the world?
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You’ve read it at least three times, you refer back to it regularly to deal with all sorts of life issues, and you lend it to friends and demand, in a slightly alarming way, they read it — it is The Best Book in the World. Six Dunedin writers — three this week and three next — explain what is their Best Book in the World, and why. David Loughrey Listen. I’ll tell you something about the best book in the world. The best book in the world is so good you can use it to refine your social life. Take a copy of Irish author Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman: you can lend it to somebody you know, and based on their reaction to its contents, decide whether to accept them as a friend, downgrade them to an acquaintance, or, if they really don’t like it, drop them completely. I have done this more than once, even with people I have known for some time. The Third Policeman has the sort of qualities that any good friend should appreciate, … [Read more...] about Best Book in the World
Marjorie Brennan meets Kenny's Bookshop owner Tomás. Tomás Kenny is the third generation of his family to work at Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway. The show was originally situated on High St in the city centre. It is now based at Liosbán industrial estate on the Tuam Rd, just outside the city, where it also has an art gallery. It has a wide range of services beyond selling books on site and online, including library supply, bookbinding, the handling of archives and book valuation. It also supplies books of Irish interest to the US Library of Congress.Kenny’s has been in business for nearly 80 years, What is your connection to the original owners?Des and Maureen Kenny started the business in 1940. They had six children, of whom five are still in the business — one became a teacher. They all lived in Galway, which was also unusual at the time, in terms of emigration and so on. The eldest, Tom, is my father, and he runs the art gallery we … [Read more...] about We Sell Books: ‘We are the oldest bookshop website in the world’
This year’s Brighton Festival offers the true story of possibly the most successful art forger in the world. The company BERLIN will use what it calls its “genre-curious” style to expose what it sees as the hypocrisy of the art world. When police tracked down Geert Jan Jansen (and more than 1,600 forged works of Picasso, Dalí, Matisse and Hockney) they put a stop to a 20-year career which fooled the art world. Inspired by his story, True Copy explores the constant balancing act required to keep fiction and reality seamless in order to preserve one man’s life – and his deceit of the entire art world. What is the truth and when does it matter when a fakery is just as accomplished as the real thing? The piece will ponder when is it better to play along with an elaborate lie that diverts from the truth… Co-director and writer Bart Baele, who will introduce the piece on stage in English before it proceeds in Dutch with English surtitles, says part … [Read more...] about The story of the most successful art forger in the world
The scale of City's dominance over their outclass opponents highlighted the chasm in class between a dream team that has been built with well over £1billion of transfer cash in recent years, with Kompany insisting his side deserve to be respected as the finest in the game. "It's the best team in the world for me," said Kompany. "To set such a high standard for so long - not just for one year but two years running now. What a club, what a privilege. "What a season this has been. This starts with the manager who sets the standards and the young players in this team have improved so much and gone to the next level. "As soon as we scored the two goals it opened up the game for us and we were able to make more chances. It wasn't as easy as the score makes it look. But what a season, what a tremendous club." A composed Pep Guardiola relished his side's third trophy success of the season, as he was already targeting improvements next season. "We have to get better, always you can … [Read more...] about ‘Best team in the world’