ACCORDING to The Guardian, a 10-year-old Hermès Himalaya Birkin with a diamond-encrusted white gold lock is expected to become the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction in Europe when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s in London.

It's likely to exceed its estimate of £100,000-£150,000, putting it in line to top the highest price paid for a handbag at auction in Europe, which stands at £155,000.

Christie’s handbag specialist, Rachel Koffsky, commented: “Only three of these particular bags have ever come up for auction. We don’t think there are many of them out there. I have my fingers crossed that we will break records with this bag.”


The BBC's famous Maida Vale studios, which have played host to thousands of musical performers from the Beatles to Beyonce to Girls Aloud, is to be closed after 84 years, reports The Guardian.

The corporation's live music base will be moved to Stratford in east London.

The Maida Vale studios were originally built in 1909 as a roller-skating venue but the BBC took over the building in the 1930s and refurbished it to serve as studios, making it one of the broadcaster’s oldest buildings.


Oh dear....the Daily Express says researchers have come up with the conclusion that the people of Sheffield have Britain's smelliest feet!

The study, by Odor-Eaters, found that nearly a quarter of the city’s residents are afflicted by the problem, while one in five people in Leicester and Nottingham also suffers.

Podiatrist Michael Harrison-Blount said: “We all suffer from smelly feet from time to time, especially in summer but it can be a real problem if you’re suffering all the time and people are making comments.

“A combination approach of reducing the activity of the sweat glands and disinfection of the skin and footwear gives the best results when trying to reduce sweaty, smelly feet. A good home foot health regime is important.”

Eighty seven per cent of those polled thought men were more likely to suffer than women.  Surely it is the women who suffer from the smelly feet of the men!


Another survey outlined in the Daily Express claims that British drivers are baffled by European road signs, with many who have ventured across the channel admitting to having driven on the wrong side of the road.

The study for easyJet and car hire firm Europcar found that 89 per cent of Britons have little or no understanding of foreign regulations and road signs, and 87 per cent conduct no research before driving abroad.

It is claimed that the most confusing road signs are in Italy, Portugal and France.


Fancy an interesting bus ride?

The Daily Mirror says that route 840 by bus company Transdev has come out top in a poll to find the most scenic bus route in Britain, beating other journeys that cover Loch Lomond in Scotland, and the Purbeck Breezer which drives along the Dorset coast to Swanage

Route 840 takes three and half hours from Leeds to Whitby, taking in some beautiful locations in the Yorkshire countryside, travelling through medieval York, and driving through the market towns of Pickering and Malton.


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The Express (www.express.co.uk)

The Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk)

Daily Mirror (www.mirror.co.uk)

BBC (www.bbc.co.uk)