Smashing idea for release of bottled-up anger
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.”
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.