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Sales of luxe doomsday bunkers up 1,000%

imageNEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A devastating earthquake strikes Japan. A massive tsunami kills thousands. Fears of a nuclear meltdown run rampant. Bloodshed and violence escalate in Libya.

And U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%.

Northwest Shelter Systems, which offers shelters ranging in price from $200,000 to $20 million, has seen sales surge 70% since the uprisings in the Middle East, with the Japanese earthquake only spurring further interest. In hard numbers, that’s 12 shelters already booked when the company normally sells four shelters per year.

Newsreel: protest in motion

Alex Reuben’s new documentary Newsreel is a strikingly contemporary journey through the streets of a London.

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Back in 2008, I wrote about a rather good documentary called Routes in which its English director Alex Reuben took a road trip from North Carolina to New Orleans to document the many and varied forms of music and dance that flourished in the Deep South.

It was a riveting journey, parts of it filmed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, that highlighted the role rhythm played in countless communities, but also the continued existence of rich folk cultures in which music was still a very real expression of both affirmation and defiance. “Someone,” I concluded my short review, “should undertake a similar journey through Britain.”

Transatlantic cruises: The Queen and I

Even after more than 150 crossings, Douglas Ward feels a thrill of anticipation as he boards the Queen Mary 2 for a voyage to New York. But can the largest ocean liner ever built match the style and glamour of its majestic predecessor?

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It was July 1965 when I boarded the original Queen Elizabeth as the fresh-faced leader of a jazz band for my first transatlantic crossing. Some 46 years may have passed, but as my wife and I drove to Southampton’s Ocean Terminal last month for my 157th crossing, I still felt the same thrill at the prospect of embarking on an ocean liner – and sailing in grand style. The journey may now be a more leisurely seven nights rather than the five of yesteryear to save on fuel, but the voyage from the Old World to the New remains special.

The Stubbs that ticks all the billionaire boxes

imageGimcrack on Newmarket Heath, by Stubbs, is about to go on sale at Christie’s, and is bound to go for more than £20m – a buyer has assured the auction house that they’ll pay at least that.

Even without that assurance, it was bound to go for a fortune. Not just because it is a supremely fine, supremely English picture, and an exceptional Stubbs, but also because it is pure modern billionaire art.

The most famous racehorse of the 18th century at the most famous flat racecourse of any century? There are any number of sporting billionaires who’d pay £20m for it. Racing may be called the Sport of Kings; but it is also the Sport of the Superzillionaire with cash to spare, from all over the world, but particularly in the Middle East and America.

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