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Giant pint of beer spotted walking down a street

You see a lot strange things in London. Who could forget the lorry carrying an octopus breaking down at Oxford Circus. Or the giant duck on the Thames. Well add to that a giant pint of beer walking down a street in east London. Tower Gateway to be precise. Tweet us if you know why it's there.


A bike with wings? That'll never take off...

One of the weird inventions unearthed by amateur historian Chris Hodge. Credit: Chris Hodge.

An archive of weird and wacky inventions that failed to take off has been unearthed by an amateur historian.

Businessman Chris Hodge, from Chislehurst in South East London, has collected more than 250,000 images spanning the last 100 years.

They include pictures of an amphibious scooter, an early videophone and a bike with wings.

One of the weird inventions unearthed by amateur historian Chris Hodge. Credit: Chris Hodge.

Poster encouraging customers to spend more money at Sainsbury's goes on display by mistake in a shop window

Supermarket price wars are fiercely competitive, with price-savvy consumers shopping around like never before. So it's pretty surprising to see a poster in a shop window urging customers to increase their shopping bills.

Sainsbury's were pretty surprised too when they were alerted to the poster at a branch of the supermarket in Stratford, east London. It was only meant to be seen by staff and kept out of sight of shoppers. But the motivational poster found its way into a very public place. It read:

Let's encourage every customer to spend an additional 50p during each shopping trip between now and the year end.

– Sainsbury's poster

In a statement, Sainsbury's said:

We often use posters to make store targets fun and achievable for our colleagues. They are intended for colleague areas in the store, but this one was mistakenly put on public display.

– Sainsbury's

Not surprisingly, some customers were less than impressed.

Speaking to ITV News Chris Dodd, who found the poster, added:

I was stunned to see the poster in the window of my local store. I can understand why there has been such a backlash against it, the wording is awful.

It's obviously no surprise that supermarkets are trying to encourage more spending, I think the negative reaction to the poster is down to how bluntly Sainsbury's are communicating this message to their staff.

I think the real mistake Sainsbury's have made it to present this to staff as a challenge. As a customer I don't want to feel like I'm being forced or tricked into spending extra by staff who have been challenged to make me do so. Had the poster encouraged better customer service, or more effective promotions I doubt there would have been this kind of reaction.

– Chris Dodd


Goldfinger's house opened to the public

Erno Goldfinger, left, shows some guests the view from his flat in Balfron Tower. Credit: PA Archive

From today, the National Trust will allow members of the public to wander around the former London flat of architect Erno Goldfinger.

Flat 130 at the Balfon Tower, in Poplar, will be open for just two weeks.

Goldfinger - who was immortalised as a Bond villain by Ian Fleming - lived there for two months to try to show the appeal of high-rise living.

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