This doesn’t have anything to do with anything, other than this was one of the funniest SOBs ever. His shows were cutting edge for the time and hilarious … he was the evil Noel Edmonds. Bye bye Beadle.
TV presenter Beadle dies aged 59
Television presenter and prankster Jeremy Beadle has died aged 59.
One of ITV’s most popular hosts during the 1980s, he was admitted to hospital last week suffering from pneumonia.
He was best known for fronting You’ve Been Framed, Game For a Laugh and Beadle’s About, but raised millions for the charity Children with Leukaemia.
Former You’ve Been Framed producer Dianne Nelmes said he was known for his pranks, “but in reality he was the kindest person you could ever meet”.
Mr Beadle, who was born in Hackney, east London, leaves behind his wife Sue, daughters Cassie and Bonnie, and his stepchildren Leo and Claire.
In his heyday, he regularly attracted television audiences of 15 million for Beadle’s About and You’ve Been Framed.
||I loved and admired him and I shall miss him desperately
But in recent years he had battled poor health after being diagnosed with a mild form of leukaemia in 2005. He also had a cancerous kidney removed.
He attracted funds for Children with Leukaemia all through his life and is thought to have raised more than £100 million for all charities.
In 2001 he was awarded an MBE.
Mr Beadle was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, but this did not lessen his work rate.
In autumn 2007 he released three books, and he had been working on ideas for television programmes when he fell ill.
Growing up during the 80′s Beadle made me laugh so hard that at times it hurt Gavin Eyqum
Henry Kelly, who co-presented Game For A Laugh with Mr Beadle, said: “Jeremy and I were firm friends for nearly 30 years.
“I loved and admired him and I shall miss him desperately.”
Noel Edmonds said the pair enjoyed a “friendly rivalry” when Mr Beadle presented Game For A Laugh and he hosted the Late Late Breakfast Show.
He added: “I am so shocked at the news. I didn’t realise he was so ill.
“He was a consummate professional but also a greatly misunderstood man – a great TV talent who was never truly appreciated.
Eddie O’Gorman, Children with Leukaemia’s founder, added: “Jeremy was not only a close personal friend and an extraordinary entertainer, he was one of the most dedicated supporters this charity has ever seen.
Michael Cohen, chairman of MPC Entertainment, Mr Beadle’s agents, said the star was “one of the biggest TV stars in reality television, and raised many, many tens of millions of pounds for charity, and I am sure that’s what he would like to be remembered for.
“He was a fantastic human being, a very close friend and he will be greatly missed.”
Paul Jackson, ITV’s director of entertainment, said: “We are incredibly saddened to hear the news and our sympathy goes to Jeremy’s family.”
The effects of the booming Vacation Home industry are now being felt by the Hotel Industry. All the years of taking customers for granted, treating them like sardines and giving impersonal customer service are now taking a toll … not to say the overpriced rooms … read on from the Orlando Sentinel.
Metro Orlando’s hotel-occupancy levels falter in December
A report says that hoteliers in December experienced the largest monthly decline since last spring.
Metro Orlando’s hotel occupancy levels dropped nearly 4 percent last month compared with December 2006, the biggest monthly decline since April 2007 and the first downturn since last summer.
Hotel occupancy and room rates were down in all price categories except budget, as many hotels had to cope with a slowdown during a historically active travel month.
Smith Travel Research reported Thursday that 60.6 percent of the hotel rooms in its Metro Orlando survey were occupied in December, down from 62.9 percent in December 2006. The average room rate slipped from $102.70 a night a year ago to $101.97 last month.
Although the decline wasn’t large — and Smith’s survey misses many hotels, including those in Walt Disney World — it came during the holiday-travel season and as the economy was weakening and energy prices were rising.
“We’re disappointed as an industry,” said Rich Maladecki, president of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association. “We are monitoring the situation closely, but we don’t see a trend yet.”
Even after this month’s big drop in stock prices and widespread speculation that the economy is slipping into a recession, many hoteliers remain optimistic about 2008.
“We had a poor December, year over year. It was mostly group business that was down,” said Gary Dybul, director of sales and marketing with the 781-room Renaissance Orlando SeaWorld Resort. “But January and February are looking pretty good, and so is the entire first half of the year.”
Hotel occupancy has a direct effect on Central Florida’s economy. It reflects the volume of tourists and business travelers coming to the area, and room revenue is the main source of resort-tax income, which is used to fund promotional campaigns and the Orange County Convention Center — and the new basketball arena and performing-arts center planned for downtown Orlando.
Gary Sain, president and chief executive officer of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said he is “cautiously optimistic” about travel to Central Florida this year. His agency is using resort-tax revenue to help fund a stepped-up advertising campaign this winter aimed at persuading families to visit Central Florida.
“With a destination like this, we have to constantly be telling our story,” Sain said. “This is particularly true in tough times. We think this will be an up-and-down year. I’m hoping there will be more ups than downs.”
James Enos, general manager of the 246-room Orlando Vista Hotel near Disney World, said his hotel had a soft December. This month, however, is on par with last January, he said.
“We’ve been keeping an eye on gas prices, but we haven’t seen an impact yet,” Enos said. “We think that maybe people were just cautious at the end of last year. Some hotels showed declines, but that’s behind us. For now, we’re pacing ahead of last year.”
MAYBE THEY WILL BUCK UP THEIR IDEAS … BUT I DOUBT IT. No complaints here … we are waiting to serve you up the lifestyle experience you deserve when vacationing in Central Florida … www.floridaleisure.com
Are you a great singer? A skilled comedian? A superb ventriloquist?
Take your gifts to the “America’s Got Talent” auditions this weekend in Orlando.
You should go to www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/ and register. But the auditions are open to everyone, NBC says. The Orlando auditions will be Saturday at Royal Plaza Hotel, Walt Disney World Resort. The address: 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd. in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 32830.
Other auditions will be Wednesday in Nashville and Feb. 2 in Charlotte, N.C.
“America’s Got Talent” will start its third season this summer on NBC. Last year’s winner, ventriloquist Terry Fator, won $1 million from the show and later signed a contract, valued at more than $1.5 million, with the Las Vegas Hilton.
Diana inquest: Despite my wife’s tears, the judicial steel of this court has done us all a service
Dominic Lawson: thought the Diana inquiry pointless and extravagant
We are now well into the fourth month of the public inquest into the deaths of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed and the patience of the British media seems to have been exhausted.
Last week BBC’s Newsnight and The Guardian both proclaimed it a colossal waste of time and money, a mere indulgence of far-fetched conspiracy theories.
Even the more popular newspapers, which in the past have been obsessed with everything to do with Diana, have cried “Enough!”.
I confess that I am one of those who had thought at the outset that this was a pointlessly extravagant exercise, given that we have already had a two-year inquiry by the French police – who collected 6,000 pages of evidence – and a very thorough investigation by the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Lord Stevens.
His 832-page report, published just over a year ago, concurred with the French that Dodi’s chauffeur, Henri Paul, had been drunk, and lost control of the car he was driving at well in excess of the speed limit in the Alma Tunnel.
Yet Dodi’s father, Mohamed Al Fayed, continued to insist that his employee was not responsible and that the deaths were organised by MI6 under the orders of Prince Philip, allegedly because Diana was engaged to his son and pregnant with a “Muslim child”.
He wanted these claims to be tested in a full investigatory inquest with a jury drawn from the general public. Now he has got his wish – and one commentator last week complained bitterly: “How gleeful he must be at what he has unleashed.”
I wonder if that is really so. He certainly looked anything but happy when I attended the court for two days while my wife, Rosa Monckton, was giving evidence.
Indeed, as witness after witness has paraded in front of Lord Justice Scott Baker, acting as Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner West London, to be cross-examined by a battery of lawyers, the confident and yet changeable claims of the conspiracy theorists have been put under a fierceness of scrutiny they have never before had to endure.
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Princess Diana with close friend Rosa Monckton. She was reduced to tears while giving evidence during the inquest.
The allegation that the Duke of Edinburgh had written vile letters to Diana as her marriage to Prince Charles broke up had previously gone unchallenged, thus giving a sort of credence to an entirely malicious characterisation of his relationship to his late daughter-in-law.
Yet Scott Baker boldly used the power vested in his court to demand that the Duke’s office release copies of the letters.
I doubt the Duke was happy about this – the Royal Family would rather pretend that these proceedings were not taking place at all – but, once revealed, the letters showed that he and Diana had a very friendly relationship.
She addressed him throughout as “dearest Pa” and one of the letters began “Dearest Pa, I was particularly touched by your most recent letter which proved to me, if I didn’t already know it, that you really do care.”
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Paul Burrell attending the Diana inquest. The coroner revealed his ‘last big secret’ had already been widely published
Far from being detrimental to the institution of the Royal Family, as many claim of the public inquest’s intrusion into private matters, this has refuted the commonly held belief that the residents of Buckingham Palace had treated Diana with nothing but cruelty.
Other myths have been destroyed in more clinical fashion by the coroner’s smooth-toned but gently insistent barrister, Ian Burnett, QC.
The conspiracy theorists had derived great succour from an extraordinary account by Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, of the Queen warning him of “dark forces” at work in Britain. Whom could the Queen have had in mind? The security service? The secret intelligence service?
This phrase appeared in Burrell’s highly profitable book, entitled – without apparent irony – A Royal Duty. Yet under oath Burrell confessed that “the Queen never mentioned dark forces”.
To a doubtless frustrated Michael Mansfield, QC (Al Fayed’s barrister) Burrell lamely described his account of the Queen’s alleged dark warning as “an error”.
Burrell had ended his book with a tantalising suggestion that there was one big secret left, something he could never reveal, which must forever remain “between the Princess and the butler”.
What could that be? That Diana really had been pregnant? Again, Scott Baker showed a flash of judicial steel: he ordered Burrell to go back to his home in Cheshire, retrieve the papers which contained this “final secret” and show it to him the next day in court.
Scott Baker duly revealed to a court agog to learn the truth that this so-called final secret was not a secret at all: the document merely referred to Diana’s desire to live abroad, preferably in America – a fact which had already been widely published.
Thus, yet another pillar of the conspiracy theorists crumbled into dust.
Burrell’s humiliation at the hands of Scott Baker has been widely broadcast: not so his court’s forensic examination of the claims of Michael Cole, the former BBC “Royal Correspondent” who became Mohamed Al Fayed’s spokesman.
Cole told the inquest that he knew, in the immediate aftermath of their deaths, that Diana had been pregnant with Dodi Fayed’s child, and insisted Dodi had personally told him that they were going to get married.
Yet, somehow, the inquest had managed to find a letter which Cole had written to me a couple of months after the fatal accident, when I was editor of The Sunday Telegraph, in which he insisted that “Dodi never spoke to me about their relationship”.
Cole seemed most put out when questioned about this glaring inconsistency. He seemed even more troubled when shown a letter he had written to another newspaper some months after the crash, protesting that their suggestion that Diana was pregnant was “scurrilous” with “no factual basis” and demanding that the allegation be withdrawn.
At this point, even the scrupulously polite Scott Baker suggested to Cole that he had been “less than honest” – which is as close as any judge is likely to come to calling a witness in his court a liar.
Of course, Al Fayed’s barristers – and the Harrods owner is paying not just Michael Mansfield thousands of pounds a day, but also for the very eminent QCs representing the Ritz Hotel and the family of Henri Paul throughout the inquest – have had their moments, too.
In particular Mr Mansfield might regard it as a “result” that he had managed to reduce my wife to tears during his questioning about her friendship with Diana.
Mr Mansfield last week made great play with the notorious “Mishcon” letter of October 1995, in which Lord Mishcon, Diana’s then lawyer, recorded her fear that the “authorities” would “get rid of her” in a car accident, involving “brake failure”.
Lord Justice Scott Baker, however, drew the jury’s attention to the fact that in the Mishcon letter the Princess accompanied this claim with the assertions that Camilla Parker Bowles would also be “put aside” by Prince Charles so that he could marry Tiggy Legge-Bourke (William and Harry’s nanny) and that the Queen would abdicate in favour of Charles in April 1996.
I was not in court to see their facial reaction to this extraordinary catalogue of conspiracy theories; but, from my own two days of studying the jury while my wife was giving evidence, I can say that they are extraordinarily attentive – many of them taking frequent notes, even though transcripts of the proceedings are put up on the inquest’s website within hours. So perhaps we should thank Mohamed Al Fayed for insisting on a full investigative jury inquest.
Before it ends, however, he himself will be called upon to give evidence and face the sort of public examination that he has successfully demanded of others.
I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
If I had to go back to the UK, I’d be miserable as well …
He’s found fame in America playing a curmudgeonly doctor in the TV drama House.
And on a rare trip home to Britain to see his wife and three children, Hugh Laurie seemed to be staying very much in character.
The 48-year-old actor looked grim-faced as he and Jo Green, his wife of 18 years, returned from walking their dogs on Hampstead Heath in North-West London.
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Hugh Laurie: said to have become a sullen figure in LA too
A grim-faced Hugh Laurie goes for a stroll on Hampstead Heath with his wife Jo and their dog
Laurie has been taking a well-earned rest from House, which is shown here on Channel Five, after the U.S. writers’ strike halted filming.
In recent months he has cut a forlorn figure, separated from his family by his huge success in Los Angeles, where he is reported to earn £150,000 an episode. He has often complained about the tough filming schedule.
An onlooker who saw him on the Heath said: “You would have thought he would have been happier to be back in the UK. It was surprising to see him looking just as down as he does on his own in LA.”
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Leading man: Hugh with the cast of House
Despite winning two Golden Globes for his portrayal of the misanthropic genius Dr Gregory House, Laurie is often said to be unhappy with his solo life in LA.
When he moved there in 2004 he decided not to take his wife and teenage children with him so as not to unsettle them. But he has since spoken of his loneliness, saying: “It’s tragic I’m an absentee father.”
He added: “I wasn’t prepared for this at all. We can finish filming between midnight and 4am. Then I am straight back to bed. It is not really a life.”
I love surfing the Internet, especially to find stuff to do at the weekend. Here is a list I found on the web, that I am intend to visit as much as I can … I have already visited over 20 on the list.
An ancient Spanish monastery, spiritualist camp, castle made entirely of coral, undersea lodge, bat tower, seven mile bridge, Navy SEAL museum and other unique curiosities can all be found in the Sunshine State for those travelers who like to stray off the beaten path. Below are 50 of the most offbeat, weird, bizarre and strange attractions in Florida:
African Queen – Key Largo, Florida
The marina at the Holiday Inn Key Largo (Mile Marker 100) is home to the original boat used in the classic 1951 movie, The African Queen, which was directed by legendary director John Huston and starred Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and Robert Morley.
Ancient Spanish Monastery – North Miami Beach, Florida
Built in Segovia, Spain, in 1141, the Spanish Monastery is the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere. Newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst, had the entire monastery dismantled and sent to the United States in the 1920s where it serves today as St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church.
Big Cat Rescue – Tampa, Florida
The world’s largest big cat rescue and sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue is home to lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, bobcats, ocelots, servals, lynx, caracals and other exotic cats. Guided educational tours of Big Cat Rescue are available.
Blue Hole – Big Pine Key, Florida
The largest body of fresh water in the Florida Keys, the Blue Hole is an old rock quarry created during the construction of the Florida East Coast Railway, according to legend. Today, the Blue Hole is home to alligators, turtles, fish, ducks and a variety of wading birds. The Blue Hole is located at Mile Marker 30.5 (bayside).
Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum – Jupiter, Florida
A monument to actor Burt Reynolds’ massive ego, the Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum contains a collection of awards and memorabilia from his movie and TV career.
Butterfly World – Coconut Creek, Florida
One of South Florida’s top tourist destinations, Butterfly World is the world’s largest butterfly aviary – home to more than 80 butterfly species and 5,000 butterflies
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp – Cassadaga, Florida
A Historic Spiritualist Camp founded in 1894, Cassadaga is the oldest active religious community in the Southeastern United States and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Christ of the Deep – Key Largo, Florida
The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, “America’s First Undersea Park,” is home to the famous nine-foot-tall bronze “Christ of the Deep” statue, which lies 25 feet beneath the ocean in the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary.
Citrus Tower – Clermont, Florida
Although these days you will definitely view more subdivisions than citrus trees, you can still ride the elevator to an observation deck 226 feet above the rolling hills of Clermont for a spectacular glimpse of the surrounding area.
Coral Castle – Homestead, Florida
How did one individual endeavor to procure and sculpt more than 1,100 tons of coral rock into a “fantasy world carved out of stone” using only homemade tools? The secrets still lie within Coral Castle, “America’s Stonehenge,” the bizarre masterpiece of obsessive genius Ed Leedskalnin, which was built over a 28-year period.
Creations Pop Culture Museum – Delray Beach, Florida
A variety of incredible exhibits await you at Creations Pop Culture Museum, which features tons of Hollywood movie and TV memorabilia.
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park – Gainesville, Florida
A National Natural Landmark, Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park boasts a 120-foot-deep sinkhole that is accessible from a stairway leading to a lush, “miniature rain forest.” The premises include a visitors center and hiking trails.
Dinosaur World – Plant City, Florida
A unique outdoor museum, Dinosaur World is billed as the “world’s largest dinosaur attraction.” Highlights include life-size dinosaur replicas, caves, hands-on activities, fossil dig area, educational exhibits, gift shop and more.
Dry Tortugas National Park – Key West, Florida
About 70 miles West of Key West lies Dry Tortugas National Park, which is home to historic Fort Jefferson. Dry Tortugas National Park is accessible only by boat, ferry or seaplane.
Flipper’s Grave – Grassy Key, Florida
Grassy Key in the Florida Keys is home to the Dolphin Research Center, which also serves as the final resting place for the original “Flipper” (real name: Mitzi), the most famous dolphin in film and TV history. Mitzi is buried in the Center’s courtyard.
Gatorland – Orlando, Florida
Billed as the “Alligator Capital of the World,” Gatorland features such lively shows as the world-famous Gator Jumparoo, Jungle Crocs of the World, Gator Wrestlin’ Show and Up Close Animal Encounters, as well as the Gator Gully Splash Park, petting zoo, aviary, train ride and more.
Holy Land Experience – Orlando, Florida
A “living, biblical history museum,” Holy Land Experience allows visitors to meet interesting biblical characters in authentic costumes, view a fascinating collection of antiquities and expore the ancient architecture of biblical Jerusalem.
Jackie Gleason’s Mausoleum – Miami, Florida
An immense outdoor mauseoleum at the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Miami serves as the final resting place for Jackie Gleason, who will always be remembered for his role as Ralph Kramden in “The Honeymooners.” The only inscription on the mausoleum is Gleason’s signature parting lines: “And Away We Go.”
Jesus Film Project – Orlando, Florida
The two-hour docudrama, Jesus, has been viewed by approximately 5 billion people around the world since making its debut in 1979. Learn all about the “most widely viewed film in history” at the Jesus Film Project’s master studio, which is located at the World Headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge – Key Largo, Florida
The only underwater hotel in the United States, Jules’ Undersea Lodge lies approximately 30 feet beneath the sea and guests have to scuba dive to reach the two-bedroom habitat.
Jungle Adventures – Christmas, Florida
A 20-acre wildlife sanctuary, Jungle Adventures is home to alligators, bears, deer, bobcats, panthers, crocodiles, monkeys, snakes and turtles. View alligator feedings and wildlife shows, take a jungle cruise and visit a Native American Village.
Key West Cemetery – Key West, Florida
Opened in 1847, the historic Key West Cemetery is home to a monument for sailors who died during the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in 1898, as well as a number of quirky inscriptions such as “I Told You I Was Sick” and “Devoted Fan of Julio Iglesias.”
Monkey Jungle – Miami, Florida
Visit Monkey Jungle – “Where Humans are Caged and Monkeys Run Wild!” One of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the country, Monkey Jungle is home to more than 400 primates that run free on a 30-acre reserve. A total of 30 primate species are represented here such as spider monkeys, colobus, gibbons and guenons.
Monument to the States – Kissimmee, Florida
Begun in 1942, the 50-foot-tall Monument to the States lies in downtown Kissimmee and consists of more than 1,500 fossils and rocks from every state, as well as more than 20 countries.
Mulberry Phosphate Museum – Mulberry, Florida
Mulberry is known as the “Phosphate Capital of the World” and the Mulberry Phosphate Museum features an incredible colleciton of fossils and exhibits that document the town’s role in the phosphate industry.
National Key Deer Refuge – Big Pine Key, Florida
A 8,542-acre National Wildlife Refuge that lies on Big Pine Key and No Name Key in the Florida Keys, the National Key Deer Refuge serves as the home of the endangered Key Deer, as well as nearly two dozen other threatened and endangered plant and animal species.
Navy SEAL Museum – Fort Pierce, Florida
The Navy SEAL Museum is the world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to “the elite warriors of Naval Special Warfare.”
Old Jail – St. Augustine, Florida
The entire family will enjoy a guided tour through this 1891 jail, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse – St. Augustine, Florida
Built in the early 1700s and located near the famous St. Augustine City Gates, the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse contains a variety of unique artifacts and displays.
Perky’s Bat Tower – Sugarloaf Key, Florida
Built in 1929 by Florida Keys entrepreneur, Richter Perky, as a way to attract mosquito-eating bats, Perky’s Bat Tower never attracted any bats but today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Potter’s Wax Museum – St. Augustine, Florida
Billed as “America’s first and finest wax museum,” Potter’s wax museum is nestled in historic St. Augustine and features more than 160 wax figures of such celebrities and historical figures as Albert Einstein, Julius Caesar, Tiger Woods, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Johnny Depp and even a bald Britney Spears!
Reptile World Serpentarium – St. Cloud, Florida
The Reptile World Serpentarium houses more than 50 species of snakes from all over the world such as the Australian taipan, king cobra and East African green mamba. Venom shows take place twice daily.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! – Orlando, Florida
View such oddities as a Rolls Royce made from a million matchsticks, two-headed calf, shrunken head, four-eyed man, cannibal dinosaur, Mona Lisa made out of toast, Egyptian mummy, Van Gogh portrait made from 3,000 postcards and a piece of the Berlin Wall at the Orlando Odditorium, which appears like it is being slowly devoured by an immense sinkhole!
Ron Jon Surf Shop – Cocoa Beach, Florida
Open 24 hours a day, Ron Jon Surf Shop is a massive 52,000-square-foot, multilevel specialty store that features surfboards, clothing and surf-related souvenirs, as well as live music, demonstrations and autograph sessions.
Salvador Dali Museum – St. Petersburg, Florida
Nestled in downtown St. Petersburg (of all places!), the Salvador Dali Museum boasts the most comprehensive collection of permanent works by the famous surrealist painter such as “The Hallucinogenic Toreador” and “The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.”
Seven Mile Bridge – Marathon Key, Florida
A masterpiece of engineering, the Seven Mile Bridge was constructed between 1979 and 1982 on the Overseas Highway and serves to connect the Middle Keys (Marathon Key) to the Lower Keys (Little Duck Key). For the record, the actual length of the Seven Mile Bridge is 6.79 miles.
Solomon’s Castle – Ona, Florida
Internationally known sculptor, Howard Solomon, created this unique medieval-style fortress to house his extensive artwork. Guided tours of Solomon’s Castle are available. The premises also include the Boat in the Moat Restaurant.
Southernmost Point – Key West, Florida
A huge buoy-like structure at the corner of Whitehead and South streets in Key West supposedly marks the “Southernmost Point in the United States,” which is only 90 miles North of Cuba.
Spook Hill – Lake Wales, Florida
Park your car at the bottom of this “gravity-defying hill” in Lake Wales and it will appear to roll up the hill. Is it an optical illusion or some kind of mystical occurrence?
St. Augustine Alligator Farm – St. Augustine, Florida
View Maximo the Giant Crocodile (15 feet and 3 inches long, 1,250 pounds) at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, which also features wildlife shows, nature habitats, albino alligators and much more.
Titanic: The Experience – Orlando, Florida
The world’s first permanent Titanic exhibition features a full-scale re-creation of the Titanic’s Grand Staircase and incredible stories of the passengers and crew who survived the tragedy, as well as more than 250 Titanic artifacts and memorabilia from the 1997 Oscar-winning movie, Titanic.
Venetian Pool – Coral Gables, Florida
Surrounded by Venetian-style architecture and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Venetian Pool is a 820,000-gallon pool that was carved out of a coral rock quarry in 1923. It features a variety of waterfalls, caves, grottos and a diving platform.
Water Ski Hall of Fame & Museum – Polk City, Florida
View the first pair of water skis and other rare artifacts and memorabilia that document the history of waterskiing at the Water Ski Hall of Fame & Museum, which also contains a resource center and audiovisual library.
Weeki Wachee Springs – Weeki Wachee, Florida
Established in 1947, Weeki Wachee Springs still features its ever-popular live mermaid shows, as well as a state-of-the-art waterpark called Buccaneer Bay and sightseeing boat tours.
WonderWorks – Orlando, Florida
Experience an earthquake, lie on a bed of nails, design your own roller coaster and immerse yourself in virtual reality fun at WonderWorks – “Orlando’s only upside-down attraction!”
World Chess Hall of Fame – Miami, Florida
Learn about some of the most famous chess players in history such as Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky at the World Chess Hall of Fame, which also features fascinating chess exhibits and artifacts.
World Erotic Art Museum – Miami Beach, Florida
The World Erotic Art Museum boasts an extensive collection of more than 4,000 artifacts that comprehensively document the history of eroticism from 200 B.C. until today.
World’s Largest Drive-In – Sunrise, Florida
Open since 1963, the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop boasts the largest drive-in movie theater and daily flea market in the world.
World’s Largest McDonald’s – Orlando, Florida
In addition to offering a unique menu that includes gourmet sandwiches and desserts, this two-story McDonald’s offers a 25,000-square-foot play area, as well as more than 60 arcade games. It is located just off world-famous International Drive.
World’s Smallest Police Station – Carrabelle
Basically a phone booth, the World’s Smallest Police Station was built in the early ’60s to accommodate the one police office in Carrabelle, population 1,800. It’s worth the photo opportunity if you ever find yourself driving aimlessly through Florida’s panhandle.
The AKC site listed a Top 10 Dog list for Orlando. The bulldog may have been No.1 dog nationally but in the City Beautiful, the Yorkie reigns. “With the exception of the Chihuahua and the Maltese, Orlando’s favorite breeds closely mirror the national list,” says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “However, combining that fact with the Yorkie’s placement in the top spot, it becomes clear that Orlando dog lovers have a strong preference for petite pooches.”
Orlando is one of only a few cities in the nation that does not have the Labrador Retriever listed in the top spot. The German Shepherd skyrocketed in popularity, rising from the 9th position in 2006 to the 3rd position in 2007. Despite the Bulldog’s rise in national popularity, the breed fell from the 4th position in 2006 to the 6th position in 2007. After exclusion from the Top 10 in 2006, the Poodle reclaimed favor in Orlando, bumping the Shih Tzu (ranked 7th in 2006) off the list
I myself have a crazy Cocker Spaniel … Wallace.
1. Yorkshire Terrier
2. Labrador Retriever
3. German Shepherd
5. Golden Retriever