Smash­ing idea for re­lease of bot­tled-up anger

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Young peo­ple in China are vent­ing their frus­tra­tion in an “anger room”, which al­lows them to smash up ob­jects, in­clud­ing wine bot­tles, to re­lease ten­sion.

Smash, in Bei­jing, was set up by Jin Meng and her friends in Septem­ber and is equipped with bats and ham­mers. Young peo­ple can take out their rage on old bro­ken ap­pli­ances.

Ac­cord­ing to Sky News, Jin, 25, quit her job in pub­lic re­la­tions to start the room and has 600 cus­tomers a month. It’s aimed at peo­ple aged 20 to 35.

Jin said the room is not in­tended to pro­mote vi­o­lence but to re­duce peo­ple’s stress in a city like Bei­jing where they are un­der mount­ing pres­sure. She has set up links with mul­ti­ple sec­ond­hand stores to en­sure a steady flow of bro­ken ob­jects. The room is go­ing through 15,000 bot­tles a month.

Mis­takes spell re­jec­tion

Bri­tain: Most job­seek­ers make spell­ing mis­takes in their CVs, hav­ing prob­lems with words such as ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­fes­sional, a study sug­gests.

Re­search by jobs site Adzuna in­di­cated that nine out of 10 CVs con­tain spell­ing er­rors or ty­pos.

An anal­y­sis of 20,000 CVs re­cently sub­mit­ted to Adzuna found that al­most two out of three had five or more er­rors, such as adding un­nec­es­sary apos­tro­phes.

Other com­monly mis­spelt words in­cluded li­ais­ing and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Women were more likely to dou­ble-check spell­ing, the study in­di­cated.

An­drew Hunter of Adzuna said: “A good CV should suc­cinctly show off em­ploy­ment his­tory, ed­u­ca­tion, and key skills, but it should also be flaw-free. Em­ploy­ers may be put off by am­a­teur CV er­rors like adding in rogue apos­tro­phes, us­ing Amer­i­can­isms or for­get­ting to put the ‘i’ be­fore the ‘e’.

“They sug­gest a job­seeker lack­ing soft skills such as at­ten­tion to de­tail, and when spellcheck and CV screen­ing tools are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, there re­ally is no ex­cuse for er­ror-rid­dled doc­u­ments.”

What’s brew­ing?

US: A new brew­ery is set to launch in a Cold War-era mis­sile com­mand cen­tre near Pitts­burgh.

The Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette re­ports Grist House Craft Brew­ery has set its sights on a struc­ture known as “the bunker build­ing” at the for­mer Nike mis­sile base.

It was one of sev­eral US Army-op­er­ated bases us­ing anti-air­craft guns and Nike and Her­cules mis­siles to de­fend Pitts­burgh from So­viet at­tack in the 1950s and 1960s.

The build­ing will be­come the brew­ery’s main pro­duc­tion hub. The own­ers re­cently closed on the build­ing but are keep­ing the open­ing date top se­cret.

Death of the fu­neral

Bri­tain: Most peo­ple do not want a tra­di­tional fu­neral, with in­creas­ing num­bers pre­fer­ring fam­ily and friends to go straight to a cel­e­bra­tion of their life at a pub or restau­rant, re­search sug­gests.

Co-op Funer­al­care said there was more de­mand for its “cre­ma­tion with­out cer­e­mony” ser­vice un­der which peo­ple go to a cel­e­bra­tion at a venue of their choice.

A sur­vey of 2,000 adults found that just over half wanted such a ser­vice for their own fu­neral.

David Colling­wood of Co-op Funer­al­care said: “It comes as no sur­prise that peo­ple are more open than ever to the idea of unique and per­son­alised send-offs.

“Cre­ma­tion With­out Cer­e­mony was in­tro­duced as a re­sponse to mar­ket de­mand, with peo­ple want­ing the chance to say good­bye to loved ones in their own, per­sonal way, out­side of a tra­di­tional ser­vice.

“Al­though the tra­di­tional fu­neral is still a pop­u­lar choice, we’re in­creas­ingly see­ing peo­ple con­sid­er­ing al­ter­na­tive op­tions.

“This is ex­actly why we en­cour­age peo­ple to talk more openly about their wishes and what they would like for them­selves, to en­sure they have the fu­neral they want and to re­move some of the emo­tional bur­den for fam­i­lies fur­ther down the line.”

Booker prized gui­tar

Bri­tain: A gui­tar owned by in­flu­en­tial blues­man Booker White is set to fetch up to £120,000 (€134,000) at auc­tion.

The 1933 Na­tional Duo­lian res­onator gui­tar, named Hard Rock, was owned and played for more than 30 years by White.

Booker, known as Bukka, met then 24-year-old English pho­tog­ra­pher Keith Perry at a blues fes­ti­val in New­cas­tle in 1967.

In 1976, a year be­fore White’s death, he sent the pho­tog­ra­pher his prized gui­tar in re­turn for postage and pack­ing costs.

After its ar­rival in New­cas­tle, the gui­tar was played by the likes of Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Brian John­son of AC/DC, and foot­baller David Gi­nola.

Blues­man BB King, who was White’s cousin, also played the gui­tar and dubbed it a “holy relic”.

In 2010, Amer­i­can blues singer and gui­tarist Eric Bibb re­leased an al­bum called Booker’s Gui­tar, which was recorded us­ing the in­stru­ment.

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