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Loft cube

A German company has come up with superb idea for 21st century living, called the Loft Cube. It’s a complete ready-made penthouse which can lifted by crane onto the top of any existing flat-topped building. The 55 sq. m 1-bedroom luxury living machine, has every thing built-in and costs 144,000 euro. The architects say it can be installed in 2 to 4 days. Now all you need to do is find a building roof top to install it on. More details available at the LoftCube web site:

Also posted in BusinessOver30.com the business, technology, finance and politics magazine blog web site.

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palm jumeirah from google earth

The superb marketing machine for Palm Jumeirah, the man-made luxury island in Dubai, described it as the Eight Wonder of the World, and it is indeed a tremendous feat of engineering. However all may not be so well in this paradise which has been built by tens of thousands of low paid, migrant workers. Luxury multi-million pound villas are closely packed side by side and the lush tropical vegetation from the marketing materials, is not as evident. There are certainly many good features to this location, but the reality of £800 monthly air-conditioning bills and sometimes 48 C temperature, can take the edge off it.

Read more in the Guardian

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It could only happen in LA…
A plastic surgeon, has sensed the pain that intending cosmetic surgery patients were experiencing when trying to explain to their young children, that mommy was getting her nose reshaped and her sagging stomach, tucked, to become a trimmer, leaner mommy!! He’s come up with a kids picture story book for 4-7 year-olds explaining why mommy is going under the knife.
I can just imagine the kids questions while this “story book” is being read at bedtime. “Mommy, is the surgeon going to cut my tummy open?”

Read more about the solving the plight of those getting a “mommy make-over” on the Reuters site.

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solar panel - cc - pink dispatcher

When you think of green homes, it brings up an image of a hi-tech house in a rural area, with solar panels soaking up the sun’s free energy and a few wind turbines out the back to collect and convert more free energy. But now Robin Wilson has created a zero net energy home right in the centre of San Francisco suburbia. La Casa Verde in the Mission district is as green as they come.

Read more on News.com

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Radiohead tried this “Pay what its worth” approach for their last online album, with mixed results. Now a restaurant (called Penn Central) in Branksome, UK is trying the same thing. Surprisingly, people are paying a fair price, so far, but how long will it last? Its certainly a novel marketing approach, after all, ask anyone in a 20 mile radius, where’s the restaurant where you can pay what you like? and most people will probably know. I guess it really makes the chef work extra hard every day to make sure everyone is satisfied.
View the video on the Time site and hear what the customers think.

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In the USA the top 10 companies to work for are:

  1. Google
  2. Quicken Loans
  3. Wedgemans Food Markets
  4. Edward Jones
  5. Genentech
  6. Cisco Systems
  7. Starbucks
  8. Qualcomm
  9. Goldman Sachs
  10. Methodist Hospital System

Google employees say its the flexibility, financial security and opportunity to get thing done, that make it the best company to work for. It encourages employees to try new things – like using a huge farm of solar electric cells to create green energy, for the vast amount of power consumed by all the hi-tech equipment in one of their offices. Also, employees can devote one day per week on project of their choice.

For Wedgemans Food Markets, with 71 stores, its the flexible schedules, the friendly atmosphere, everyone is well treated, and the employer is genuinely concerned about it’s employees. And this goodwill passes on, through the employees, to the customers.

Read more and view the videos on the CNN Fortune site:

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Facebook, the social networking site, has 66 million users and now more than 50% of daily visitors are 35 years and older, spending on average 2 hours per month on the site. Although not much e-commerce is carried on in this environment it is growing as a location for creative people to build networks. The tens of thousands of communities located in Facebook represent future commercial opportunities for innovative companies to reach, since Facebook applications have been opened up to developers.

Read more about these opportunities on Businessweek.

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