Quirky World ... Bouncy castle said to be world’s biggest

Wales: The world’s largest bouncy castle, which is said to be taller than the Great Wall of China, has been unveiled at a music festival.

Quirky World ... Bouncy castle said to be world’s biggest

DJ and festival organiser Rob da Bank, along with Cardiff-based Something Creatives, helped create the bouncy castle, which has been inflated at the Common People event in Southampton, Hampshire, and will later in the year visit Camp Bestival and Bestival.

The attraction is 23.8m long, 20.7m wide, and 12.8m high compared to the previous record holder, which was 19m long and wide and 12m high.

Football break

Britain: Firms are being urged to be flexible with staffing, as workers plan how to watch their teams in the Euro 2016, which starts on June 10.

The conciliation service Acas launched new guidance to help employers prepare for potential issues, and avoid workers being given a “red card” for sloping off.

Acas said firms should have agreements in place to cover requests for time off, sickness absence, website use during working hours or watching TV during the tournament, which runs until July 10 and includes day games.

Hot ticket

US: A Republican Tennessee politician says getting a traffic camera ticket is not a problem — he just burns them.

State representative Andy Holt set such a ticket ablaze and posted the video on Facebook. A news release urges others who are issued traffic camera tickets in Tennessee to ignore them.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said ignoring or burning a ticket “does not make the violation and accountability go away”.

Hollywood hooligan

US: A YouTube prankster has been arrested after climbing the famous Hollywood sign.

KTLA-TV in Los Angeles reported that Vitaly Zdorovestskiy was arrested after climbing the sign. In a video taken from on top of the sign and later posted on Snapchat, Zdorovestskiy said: “I’m all the way up, nothing can stop me.”

Zdorovestskiy has more than nine million subscribers to his YouTube channel, where his videos show off dozens of pranks. One video is a compilation showing Zdorovestskiy and others getting arrested following various pranks.

Fine print

Norway: A consumers’ group took inspiration from slow television to produce a marathon webcast of a team of readers going through the fine print of terms and conditions when downloading apps.

Finn Myrstad from the Norwegian consumer council said that the idea was to point out the “absurdity” and even illegality of some of the conditions. The Runkeeper app apologised to 45m users after the council revealed that it was sending user information to a third party even when not in use. The show began on Monday morning, with the team reading through the terms of around 30 popular apps and ended 32 hours later. Norway has popularised “slow television”, putting five hours of knitting live on TV, for example, or a fire burning itself out.

Slow chase

US: Alaska police say a man used a stolen forklift truck to break into an off-licence and then led officers on a low-speed chase.

A witness flagged down Anchorage police at 3.20am to report that a front-loader with forklift attachments had ripped off most of the front entrance to a Brown Jug, an Alaska liquor store chain. The witness saw the driver go inside, take bottles, then hop back on the front-loader and drive east. During a 15mph chase, police followed the driver, Joseph Martin, into a caravan park and blocked the only exit with patrol cars. Police say alcohol bottles were found inside the front-loader, which had been stolen from a construction site.

Rocky start

US: A wedding reception aboard a boat got off to a rocky start when the vessel ran aground off Georges Island in Boston Harbour.

The Majesty, a Boston Harbour Cruises vessel, had 152 people aboard, including 137 passengers. Nobody was injured. A company spokeswoman told The Boston Globe that all passengers were safely transferred to the Asteria, another Boston Harbour Cruises vessel. There was no word on whether the couple tied the knot later on dry land.

Billionaires’ row

US: A property is to become available in what New York estate agents call Billionaires’ Row. It will cost you about $250m (€225m).

Six luxury skyscrapers overlooking Central Park are home to some of the world’s most expensive apartments, and one penthouse near Carnegie Hall sold recently for a record $100.5m (€89.8m).

That, however, might seem like a snip compared to the $250m property: a 23,000sq ft, four-storey apartment towering over New York’s iconic park.

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