7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: March 4

March 4, 2014 Updated: March 4, 2014

Spain: ‘Spain could be a world leader in solar power’

If this charismatic German is successful, giant marbles could soon be powering our planet. Now he hopes to go into production. Meet Barcelona-based architect and inventor Andre Broessel. 

A few years ago Andre Broessel had an idea he believes could revolutionize the energy sector. “I was watching my daughter put a marble in an egg cup,” he told The Local recently. “It was a Sunday and I saw the focal points moving on the sphere, and a project was born.” … (Read more)

The Local


Japan: All aboard for train buffs at Gifu model railway cafe

Japan has its share of maid cafes, cat cafes and even bunny rabbit cafes. It was only a matter of time until someone came up with a railroad cafe. …

The railroad-themed cafe is the brainchild of Masaki Shingu, a 40-year-old who used to drive sightseeing and route buses in Nagoya. …

Since its July opening, Haruka has been steadily growing in popularity, entertaining railway buffs with N scale model trains running across a large diorama in the center of the cafe. Customers can enjoy from their seats watching their favorite model trains run around the diorama. … (Read more)

The Asahi Shimbun


Scotland: CalMac giving away 8k ferry tickets to islands

Thousands of free ferry tickets are being given away to encourage more tourists to visit Scotland’s islands. 

Two weeks ago Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides was named the top island in Europe and in the top five in the world by the influential travel website, TripAdvisor. And two other Scottish islands – Mull and mainland Orkney – also featured in the European islands top ten. … (Read more)

The Scotsman


Switzerland: Leaking pipes lead to massive Swiss water loss

Switzerland prides itself on its modern infrastructure but a new report suggests that when it comes to piped drinking water, the country still has progress to make. 

The report, aired on Monday by state TV broadcaster RTS, showed that an average of 14 percent of tap water disappears in the ground because of aging or faulty pipes. … (Read more)

The Local


Iceland: Cream Puff Day in Iceland

Today is Bolludagur, or ‘Cream Puff Day,’ in Iceland. Bakers were busy making cream puffs over the weekend, because today Icelanders are expected to consume thousands of the sweet creamy buns. … (Read more)

Iceland Review


Australia: Maori king snubs time-poor Prince William

New Zealand’s Maori king is refusing to meet Prince William during a royal tour because he says the 90 minutes set aside for the visit isn’t long enough.

Prime Minister John Key said Kensington Palace had hoped Prince William would visit King Tuheitia at the Turangawaewae marae, or meeting place, during his April 7-16 trip to New Zealand with wife Catherine and baby son Prince George. … (Read more)

The Australian


Germany: Xi Jinping’s Germany Trip: Berlin Nixes Holocaust Memorial Request

 Amid tensions over Japan’s historical war crimes, Chinese President Xi Jinping had wanted Chancellor Angela Merkel to show him World War II memorials during his upcoming visit to Berlin. Germany, however, wants no part of Beijing’s propaganda offensive. … (Read more)

Spiegel Online


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