Lobby Bar – March 16: Super-Powered Editors, Drive with the Beatles, Smart Stoves, Fly for Free

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – The Only Meeting Place That Makes You Question Your Existence
What-er? Put down that water bottle; turns out there may be some unwanted surprises inside. The special ingredients will give consumers some rare superpowers, but they won’t necessarily be all that great. Sure, some people might join the ranks of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but then again you have the case of FBT’s Anna Breuer, who grew …

Study Finds Microplastic Contamination in Most Bottled Water

by Anna Breuer

The plastic water bottles consumed on the go, in aircraft, in hotel rooms, and at fitness centers may have an ingredient the buyer didn’t bargain for, according to a recently released study.
A study conducted by researchers at the State University of New York at Fredonia, in partnership with Orb Media, a non-profit journalism organization, found that almost all bottles tested had microplastic contamination.
The researchers tested 259 water bottles from 11 …

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, London – Review

by Jonathan Spira

If you want to enter the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, you really should go around to the back to the elegant courtyard entrance on Park Street.
Built in 1929 on the site of the Gloucester House, originally home to George III’s brother and later the Grosvenor family, the Grosvenor House is one of England’s grandest and most historic hotels. Queen Elizabeth learnt to skate here, specifically in the Great Room, …

Review: August Smart Lock Pro – Third Time’s the Charm

by Jonathan Spira

Thanks in part to the many cars that have keyless access, I’ve been a big fan of the very same feature for my home. I first installed the original August Lock in 2015, exactly ten years after taking delivery of my first BMW equipped with such access.
When August introduced a lock with Homekit support, I purchased that model from Amazon and was henceforth able to use my Apple Watch to …

From ‘Angels in America’ to ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘My Fair Lady,’ Major Shows to Open on Broadway in March and April

by Anna Breuer

A number of important Broadway shows including several major revivals will open on the Great White Way over the coming few weeks.
Here’s a look at what to expect, in order of appearance:
“Escape to Margaritaville,” already in previews, will open March 15 at the Marquis Theatre. Featuring music and lyrics by Jimmy Buffett, it’s the story of Tully, a singer/bartender/lady’s man who thinks he has it all figured out.
Disney fans take …

Daylight Saving Time for 2018 to Start This Sunday

by Paul Riegler

Even as winter storm after winter storm batters parts of the country, people are still ready for spring to arrive. One sign of spring is the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, which starts this Sunday, March 11, at 2 a.m. local time in most parts of the United States and Canada.
Clocks should be set ahead by one hour.
In the European Union, Summer Time (called British Summer Time, or BST, …

Volkswagen Says “Auf Wiedersehen” to the Iconic Beetle

by Paul Riegler

Volkswagen’s iconic Beetle, star of stage and screen, will not be replaced when the current version is discontinued.
The original, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1 and suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler who, at that year’s Internationalen Automobil-und Motorrad-Ausstellung, asked the industry to come up with an inexpensive, simple people’s car (Volkswagen is German for “people’s car”) for the country’s new Autobahn network.
Designed by Ferdinand Porsche, what …