A Doctor Who-inspired toilet makes all your TARDIS dreams come true

first_imgA large undercover entertaining area greets you as walk through the carport of the home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The Tardis toilet is undoubtably a key feature of the home and was built by the vendor last year.ATTENTION Whovians. If you’ve been looking for an other-dimensional toilet experience then this custom-built “Turdis” may just be what’s been missing from your life.Vendor Craig Heeks built the life-size TARDIS in his garage-turned-rumpus room late last year after looking for new ways to expand on his love for the British sci-fi television show.Fully tiled, the fictional time machine and spacecraft hides a toilet, single vanity unit and mirror inside its iconic phone booth style exterior. The ultimate mancave.It’s become a key selling point of Mr Heeks’ home at 3 Blackwood Cres, Morphett Vale which is on the market with a price guide $399,000 to $429,000. “We’ve lived here since 2003 but the TARDIS is fairly new. I only built it last year for no other reason than it seemed like a good idea,” he said.“Doctor Who is my obsession and, in a way, my relaxation from work.“I’ve been collecting and selling for a long time, not just Doctor Who but Star Wars and Planet of The Apes, and this space just kind of became my escape.” OUTSIDE: The home, at 3 Blackwood Cres, Morphett Vale, also comes with an inground swimming pool.Mr Heeks said his Doctor Who obsession started as a young child.“I grew up in the UK and we used to see the film crew move around all the time,” he said.“That’s what sparked my interest and I’ve been a mad fan ever since.”Despite having enjoyed many blissful moments in the TARDIS, Mr Heeks said it was unlikely he would built another one. FANTATIC CREATES DR WHO UNIVERSE IN WEST RYDE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDr Who fanatic creates shop00:51 “If I could take it to the new house, I would, but unfortunately that’s not possible,” he said.“I’ve been asked to build a second one for a friend, but I won’t do that. I want it to be unique; a one-of-a-kind.”Launched to the market barely a week ago, the property has been viewed close to 2000 times on realestate.com.au and also attracted 16 groups through the first open on the weekend.Listing agent Pete Fallon of Magain Real Estate said he hoped the unique feature would help sell the property for a premium price and well above the suburb’s median house price of $310,000. INSIDE: One of the main living spaces at 3 Blackwood Cres, Morphett Vale“It’s definitely one of the more unique properties I’ve sold and so far, it’s been going absolutely viral online and on my own facebook page,” Mr Fallon said.“Most of the buyers coming through have been Doctor Who fans and we even had the son of the original owner come through on the weekend. He’d love to buy it back but says he’d have to convince the wife first.”The property will be open this Sunday from 11am to 11.30am.last_img read more

Juncker’s investment plan gets lukewarm reception at AEIP event

first_imgInvestment experts at a meeting organised by the European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) in Brussels have criticised the EU’s so-called Juncker plan, which they said would be of less use to pension funds than originally hoped.Speakers at the event – entitled ‘Long-term Investment and the Juncker Plan: Which Roles for Pension Funds, Social Insurers & Other Institutional Investors?’ – pointed to the shortage of suitable projects in EU president Jean-Claude Juncker’s €315bn investment plan.Dominique de Crayencour, secretary-general of the European Long-Term Investors Association, said there was plenty of money available for investment but not enough outlets.  On the much-vaunted cross-border infrastructure development theme, he argued that “difficulties” were not fund-related but rather down the fact different countries too often failed to agree on a particular need. And negotiations, he added, could take years.What could help institutional investors, he suggested, was the establishment of a “pipeline” of suitable projects.This could, for example, include small-scale energy-efficiency projects.De Crayencour said this could make these projects more attractive for investors, as local authorities “do not have a clue” about the financial packaging of such deals.Meanwhile, Michael Smyth, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), said the European Commission – which “can’t afford a failure at the present stage” – was taking a big risk with the Juncker plan.Smyth drew a parallel with the the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP), going back a decade or so.“Does anyone remember [that]?” he asked.The EESC recently published a draft “opinion” on the EU Investment Plan, as well as on the European Fund for Strategic Investments.While the opinion welcomed the Plan as “as step into the right direction”, it also questioned whether a “pipeline of projects can be developed that offer returns that attract institutional investors”.On the topic of shortage of good projects, Bruno Gabellieri, the AEIP’s secretary-general and chair for the meeting, argued that the European Commission’s approach had been “top down” and that a more “bottom-up” approach was needed.   Further criticism of the EU policy came from James Watson, director of Business Europe, who raised the question of “additionality” related to the Juncker plan.His point was that projects earmarked in the plan could well have attained the funding required anyway.Not all speakers, however, took the critical line. Renato Guerriero, vice-president at the AEIP, listed points in favour of pension funds investing in infrastructure projects, citing employment and growth.He also pointed to growing pressure for more of this type of investment, in line with Northern Europe, Canada and Australia.Guerriero suggested that, where large infrastructure projects were concerned, small funds could join together in order to get involved.last_img read more

PHOTO: Snohomish River Dredging Operations Continue

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the Port of Everett The project includes maintenance clamshell dredging of the lower settling basin and the Snohomish River Federal Navigation Channel that will improve commercial vessel navigation in the area. The volume of sediment to be dredged is approximately 200,000 cubic yards with disposal by bottom dump scow at the Port Gardner Open Water PSDDA disposal site. Earlier this month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began dredging the Snohomish River Federal Navigation Channel. According to the Corps’ Seattle District, all in-water work will be completed by 14 February 2019.last_img read more

Odisha sprinter duo revel in healthy rivalry

first_imgBy Tapan Mohanta Kolkata, Sep 22 (PTI) On the athletics track, she is her fiercest rival but off it Srabani Nanda is not only like a big sister but one who has inspired statemate Dutee Chand to take up the sprint events as the Odisha duo now reign supreme at national level. Dutee, who has now become the face of womens fight against injustice in sport after winning a landmark gender case, held the 800m national record at junior level before making the switch to 100/200m under the tutelage of Srabanis childhood coach Nilambadhab Deo. “I really respect Srabani Apa (sister) a lot, she has inspired many Odia athletes including me after Rachita Mistri (100m national record holder),” Dutee, who finished on top ahead of Srabani in both 100 and 200m races before both helping Railways win the 4x100m relay at the recently concluded 55th National Open Athletics Championship, told PTI. “I was staying in the same sports hostel in Bhubaneswar and all of us (junior athletes) would hold her (Srabani) in high respect. “It was one fine morning in in 2008-09 Deo sir told me Id be better off in sprint. I gradually came under his tutelage,” Dutee recalled, as she went on to become 100m national junior champion in 2012. But, Dutee admits that relationship with Srabani began to “strain” when she graduated to the senior level and went to pip her to the second place at the 2013 National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship in Chennai. “Srabani Apa stopped talking to me and so did her coach and it really hurt my feelings. Things changed, I moved under the wings of Nagapuri Ramesh sir,” the 19-year-old Dutee remembers. More PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more