The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project

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The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project is a wonderful display of community effort and artistic vision. 163 steps are tiled with mosaic panels set into the risers . Perhaps the world’s longest mosaic staircase was conceived and fabricated by Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr and Viagra Online San Francisco mosaic artist Colette Crutcher.

The names of over 300 sponsors are woven into the sweeping sea-to-sky design. Over 2000 handmade tiles and 75,000 fragments of tile, mirror and stained glass went into the finished piece.

Urs Fischer’s Dramatically Melting Sculptures

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At last year’s Venice Art Biennale, one of the standout installations involved a full-size wax replica of Giambologna’s 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women.

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Glass Pavement for Tourists Built on 4,690ft Mountain in China

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I get vertigo just looking at it, but if you have nerves of steel, then you should definitely try out this newly built glass walkway in China, called the Walk of Faith.

I hope the glass is as thick as the Popemobile’s because this Glass Plank Road has been added 1,430 metres (4,690ft) up the Zhangjiajie Tianmen mountain. The translucent floor guarantees the tourists some unforgettable sightseeing experiences.

The mountain is very popular with tourists and is located in the Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, five miles south of Zhangjiajie Village in the Hunan province.

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A mother passed a driving test while in labor and then drove herself to the hospital to give birth

A MUM-to-be made an emergency stop minutes after passing her driving test – screeching to a halt outside a hospital before hurrying inside to give birth.

Emma French, 20, went into labour as she was taking the test and did not tell the examiner, even though her contractions were only 10 minutes apart.

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And despite the pain, she passed and then drove herself to hospital to have her first baby. Emma was not due for another month but had woken at 4am to find her waters had broken.
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Yet when the baby did not arrive, she decided to sit the 8.40am test despite pleas from her family.

She said: “Everyone was telling me to go to the hospital but I had waited so long for my driving test, I was determined to do it.

“I didn’t dare tell the examiner I was in labour in case he made me cancel the test. The nurses in the hospital were very confused because I was getting congratulations cards for both my baby and my driving test. When I told them, they were all in shock. They couldn’t believe it.”

The warehouse worker, who lives in Livingston, West Lothian, with her parents, explained: “I had failed my test in March and had to wait for another.

“I knew I wouldn’t have another chance until the baby was a little older so I didn’t tell my instructor or the examiner what was happening and just got on with it.

“When I am determined to do something I don’t stop until it’s done and it’s the same with this. It was really scary and everyone must think I’m crazy but it ended the way I had hoped.”

Boyfriend Neil MacFarlane, 21, her brother Scott, 22, and her mum Rhonda, 44, had urged her to cancel the 45-minute test and go straight to hospital.

And despite offers of a lift after she called at her grandparents’ house to break the news about passing her test and being in labour, Emma was keen to make use of her new licence and drove herself to the maternity ward.

Her labour lasted another six hours and baby Eva MacFarlane was born at 7.30pm on August 30.

Proud new mum Emma added: “I am loving being a mother. It’s the best job in the world.

“I can’t wait to tell Eva this story when she’s older and it’s definitely one for the grandchildren.

“And one good thing about being in labour that day – it really killed my pre-test nerves.”

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Man commits robbery to pay friend’s bail

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — Police arrested a Prescott Valley man after he allegedly robbed two men to pay a friend’s bail.

Police officers responded to an apartment in the 8800 block of Len Court Sunday morning where witnesses said Brandon Marshall Abraham physically assaulted two men and threatened them for money and goods.

Abraham, 31, was upset that his friend was arrested earlier at the same apartment and wanted money and items to pawn to pay his friend’s bail, according to Sgt. Brandon Bonney with the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Bonney said the victims were in fear and gave Abraham more than $600 in money and property. Officers caught Abraham loading the goods and arrested him.

Abraham denied forcing the victims to give him the money and property. He also refused to speak with investigators when confronted with conflicting stories about the events.

Abraham was booked into the Yavapai County Jail for one count of robbery, two counts of assault, three counts of disorderly conduct and one count of threatening and intimidating.

Police discovered that Abraham is on parole.

The worst parking job you will see today

OTTAWA — It would have been quite the thing to be walking down Junction Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, when a taxi cab with three people inside revved its engine, went up and over a grassy hill, smashed through a few tress while airborne, then crashed spectacularly into a parked BMW.

Indeed, paramedics called it “a unique accident,” and it’s little wonder.

The 36-year-old man driving the taxi had just picked up two people — a 42-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man — on Sawmill Private near the Airport Parkway and Heron Road minutes before the crash. His passengers reported to paramedics that he went into a seizure when he approached Brookfield Road just metres away, slammed his foot down on the gas pedal, and then accelerated onto Junction Avenue.

But the taxi didn’t just slam into the BMW after sailing through the air and crashing through trees. Instead, the force of the impact somehow flipped the BMW onto its roof, and the taxi, incredibly, landed right on top of it, right-side up.

“I’ve been doing this for 21 years now, and this was one call where I just had to do a double-take,” said paramedic superintendent Paul Morneau. “This is definitely one of those calls that is extremely interesting.”

The incident didn’t stop when the taxi landed on top of the flipped BMW.

The driver, still in seizure, kept his foot pressed down hard on the gas pedal and so the tires kept spinning, getting hotter and hotter and sending out plumes of smoke. Morneau said that because of all the smoke, some of the first 911 calls reported that there was a house fire in the area.

The 29-year-old owner of the BMW rushed out of the home he was visiting to help, paramedics said, when the left front tire of the taxi exploded, sending shrapnel flying into his face.

“Luckily, no one was seriously hurt,” Morneau said. “Even the cab driver will be OK. He had a medical condition, but it’s a treatable medical condition.”

When all was said and done five people were assessed and treated by paramedics, but only the taxi driver was taken to hospital.

The female passenger suffered a few cuts to her face and refused to be taken to hospital, as did the male passenger, who suffered a few leg cuts. The BMW owner also refused to be taken to hospital despite the cuts on his face.

A bystander who tried to get the people out of the taxi by slamming his elbow into the window was assessed and treated at the scene for a minor elbow injury.

“These two poor people in the back,” Morneau said, chuckling just for a moment. “It’s like out of Hollywood.”

Your dog ate my bird; I burn your stuff. This is Florida, that’s how we roll

CLEARWATER — A man angry that his roommate’s dog ate his bird retaliated by setting the man’s belongings on fire in the front yard, authorities said.

Christopher E. Thrap, 35, of 1749 W Manor Ave. was arrested by Clearwater police Saturday evening and charged with burglary and felony criminal mischief. On Sunday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail on $5,000 bail.

According to arrest reports, Thrap went into the locked bedroom of a man who rents a room from him and took numerous personal items, including a mattress, television and clothes.

Thrap put the items on the lawn and set them on fire, arrest reports show. He told police he was angry that the man’s dog had eaten his “expensive bird,” an arrest report states.

The burned items were worth about $5,600, police estimated.

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