Five Lessons Learnt This Week

Another week has come to an end… time for another round-up of the week’s alternative news in Five Lessons Learnt This Week. 

This time, we’ve learnt what the new £1 coin will look like, who got Ikea hide-and-seek banned, why Internet Explorer is getting binned and how to be like James Bond. Read on to find out…

1. Don’t play hide and seek in Ikea

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.47.07In what we can only describe as a terrible shame, Ikea have pulled the plug on every kid (and big kid’s) dream – a giant game of in-store hide-and-seek.

Last year, an Ikea store in Belgium let hundreds of people play hide-and-seek after a 30th birthday bucket list request from a regular customer, and it seemed to have started a craze after the photos hit the internet. Over 32,000 people had signed up for hide-and-seek events in the Swedish furniture giant’s Amsterdam and Utrecht stores.

But it wasn’t to be. The flat-pack furniture retailer have stated that the children’s game may not be played in stores due to health and safety concerns, with an Ikea spokeswoman remarking: “We need to make sure people are safe in our stores and that’s hard to do if we don’t even know where they are.”

Spoilsports.

You’ll have to cross the best game of hide-and-seek ever off your 2015 to-do list then. But don’t worry, there’s plenty more fun events to get involved with this year – check out our top picks here

2. Don’t put a person in a suitcase

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 11.58.48We’ve all jokingly asked lucky friends who are jetting off somewhere exotic if they’ve room for us in their suitcase. But suspicious border guards were in for a surprise this week after opening a man’s oversized luggage… only to find his (somewhat scrunched-up) Russian wife inside.

After the 30-year-old woman had climbed out of the suitcase, the EU officers (who feared they’d stumbled upon a case of human trafficking) checked the travellers’ papers and found that they were actually husband and wife, and even more bizarrely, that the husband was French and therefore entitled to bring his wife into the EU legally.

It seems the couple were travelling to Nice from Moscow, and that the husband packed his wife into his case before they crossed the border from Belarus into Poland. And even though they would have been free to pass anyway, they will now face charges of trying to breach border regulations. And probably a bit of backache from being squashed into a suitcase…

Don’t take people on your travels with you (at least, not illegally) but do take these cool travel gadgets for traders

 3. How to be like James Bond

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 16.14.16Just leave your iPhone on a bus and then recruit a taxi driver and a policeman to help you chase the bus down and retrieve the phone, like 13-year-old Luca Guerrini-Maraldi did this week. After leaving the number 19 bus he had taken home from school, the teenage realised he’d left his phone behind.

So he did what any quick-thinking Bond wannabe would do – threw down his bags and set after the bus. But a broken arm from a skiing accident slowed him down, and he couldn’t quite catch it. Luckily, a taxi driver who witnessed the drama unfold offered to help the youngster follow the bus, and the chase continued. The taxi quickly hit heavy traffic, but thanks to the help of a police community support officer, they eventually caught up to the bus and flagged it down – and Luca was reunited with his iPhone.

When asked about his adventure, the teenager said: “It was just like being in a chase movie, the taxi driver was not going to give up. It’s the closest I’ve come to feeling like James Bond.” ‘The name’s Guerrini-Maraldi’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, though…

For some gadgets worth a car chase, check out our favourite tech and apps for traders

4. Internet Explorer is no more

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 14.53.43Microsoft announced plans this week to ditch the Internet Explorer brand in the hope of shaking off negative perceptions about its software. The browser has been blighted by complaints about security concerns and sluggish performance – and where once it was the go-to web browser, in light of strong competition from alternatives such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft have decided it’s time for it to go.

Under the codename Project Spartan, they are launching an a brand new and completely overhauled web browser which promises to be faster, sleeker and more user-friendly. The new browser will be revealed alongside Windows 10 later this year, and its name is yet to be revealed. And the ‘browser that everyone loves to hate’ (in Microsoft’s own words) will be no more.

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 5. What the new £1 coin will look like

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 15.03.40A 15-year-old from Walsall’s design for the new £1 coin has been chosen out of 6,000 entries, and it looks like this. The new £1 coin will be released in 2017 and, according to George Osborne, will be the most secure coin in circulation anywhere.

The £1 coin is being replaced for the first time in 30 years because it has become vulnerable to counterfeits (the Royal Mint believe 3% of the pound coins currently in circulation are fake). The new version will feature the shape of the old 12-sided three pence piece, a bi-metallic construction and the Royal Mint’s new state-of-the-art anti-counterfeiting technology to make a more secure coin. And the back will feature David Pearce’s winning drawing, featuring UK emblems including a rose, a leek, a thistle and a shamrock.

We’ve just got one question – how will the new 12-sided £1 fit into trolleys at the supermarket?!

Find out what’s been going on with the current GBP (and other currencies) this week in @LFXJames‘ ‘Forex Week in Review’.