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Midlands hotel asked to fill bath with Cadbury’s chocolate, and it’s not the strangest request | Central

A staff member at a Birmingham hotel was asked to fill up a guests bath up with Cadbury’s chocolate, it’s been revealed.

And it’s just one of the weird requests that customers at Birmingham Travelodge hotels have asked in the past year, the company says. One customer at the Fort Dunlop site also asked a member of staff to get them a role on Peaky Blinders.Another customer asked staff if they could sort a gondola ride from the city centre to the Black Country, so they could propose to their girlfriend. Another extraordinary request took place at Travelodge’s Birmingham Airport hotel where one customer asked if staff could arrange for them to walk straight onto the runway from the hotel so they could have a lie-in.


Imagine being asked…

  • Can you get me a role in Peaky Blinders?

  • Can you sort a gondola ride from the city centre to the Black Country?

  • Can you arrange for me to walk right onto the airport runway so I can have a lie in?

  • Can you stop the seagulls from squealing?

  • Can you switch off the Severn Bridge fog horn?

  • Can you identify the UFO hotspots?

  • Can you get my grandma an honorary Oxford University degree?


Travelodge spokesperson Shakila Ahmed said: “Annually we welcome millions of customers from all corners of the UK at our 575 hotels which includes 13 properties in Birmingham.

Throughout the year, our hotel teams receive thousands of interesting requests from business and leisure guests. Where possible, our hotel teams will go above and beyond to help customers as they relish a good challenge.

Travelodge Spokesperson

“Interestingly the requests change regionally, seasonally and this year we have even received interesting requests around social distancing. However, there are some requests beyond their control such as: stopping the seagulls from squealing, switching off the Severn Bridge fog horn, identifying UFO hotspots and getting a grandmother an honorary degree from Oxford University.”

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University of Arizona students asked to minimize holiday travel to stem COVID spread

The school will also be doing a “testing blitz” prior to Thanksgiving.

The University of Arizona has reported at least 2,433 COVID-19 infections among students and staff as of Oct. 20, according to university tracking data.

U of A said it is testing on-campus students every week in order to identify and quarantine asymptomatic cases. While the high number of infections is concerning, the university’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests is currently 0.07%, well below the 5% threshold recommended by the World Health Organization.

The school also is planning a testing blitz beginning Nov. 9 in order to reduce the risk that students will spread COVID-19 into other communities if they travel during the holidays, President Robert Robbins explained on Monday during a remote briefing he holds weekly for students.

Students also will be asked to fill out a survey detailing their travel plans during Thanksgiving break and are encouraged to finish the semester remotely if they leave the Tucson area for Thanksgiving.

“Our primary goal is to minimize the impact of student travel on community spread of COVID-19,” Robbins said.

PHOTO: A student wears a protective mask while walking through the campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 24, 2020.

A student wears a protective mask while walking through the campus at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 24, 2020.

There have been more than 233,000 infections and 5,800 deaths in Arizona due to COVID-19, according to the state health department.

According to data from The COVID Tracking Project, new cases, testing positivity rate and COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Arizona. Experts consider deaths from COVID-19 to be a lagging indictor of the outbreak’s severity, meaning they trail behind indicators like daily infections and hospitalizations.

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    Seven Hills voters asked to approve tax-reducing parks and rec levy Issue 41 on fall ballot

    SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — A tax-increase ballot issue that if approved actually costs residents less money sounds like an oxymoron. However, that’s exactly what Seven Hills voters will be deciding with Issue 41 — the city’s first parks and recreation levy — on Election Day.



    a sign on a dirt road: Valleywood Park in Seven Hills.


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    Valleywood Park in Seven Hills.

    “Being fiscally responsible while protecting our investment in the recreation center, Issue 41 is a way to meet all of these needs without impacting our general fund,” Mayor Anthony D. Biasiotta said.

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    “At the same time, coupled with the expiring (community recreation center) construction levy, it will actually have a net lower tax to all residents of Seven Hills. It’s as close to a win-win situation as I’ve come across in my elected career.”

    The timing of Issue 41 is tied to a 1.65-mill recreation bond issue that voters approved 20 years ago for the construction of the community recreation center. The expiring levy brings in $577,783 a year. It currently costs a $100,000 homeowner $50.53 annually.

    The proposed new levy — if passed — will cost the same homeowner $49 annually and bring in $490,240 a year that will be used to cover both rec center needs, as well as park upgrades.

    “Issue 41 is important in two regards,” Biasiotta said. “First, we need to protect our investment in the rec center. It’s 20 years old, and like any 20-year-old building we’re beginning to see issues impacting the performance, maintenance and even the safety of the facility.



    a large lawn in front of a house: Seven Hills Community Rec Center is located at 7777 Summit View Dr.


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    Seven Hills Community Rec Center is located at 7777 Summit View Dr.

    “Being proactive, the city of Seven Hills earlier this year contracted with Quality Control Inspection Company to review our recreation facility and determine what a long-term cost of maintenance and repairs would look like.”

    The city paid the Bedford-based company $15,000 for the building condition report, which determined a reasonable annual operations budget for the community rec center would be $241,000. Currently, the facility doesn’t have a dedicated operations fund.

    “Our intent with this levy is to provide relief to the general fund for the ongoing maintenance and updates that will protect our multimillion-dollar investment,” Biasiotta said.

    The mayor noted the Summit View Drive facility is facing numerous looming projects — maintaining the pool bottom ($100,000), replacing seven HVAC units ($50,000 to $100,000 each) and making mechanical repairs ($130,000) — over the next decade. In addition, the Nautilus equipment is nearing 20 years old.

    “The second part of Issue 41 is very intriguing,” Biasiotta said. “While the original levy was only for the construction of the rec center, this allows the use of funds to include our six city parks. Many residents of the city utilize our parks, but may not utilize our rec center.

    “We have a unique opportunity here to provide a recreation amenity to those residents without having to pay a membership due.”

    If Issue 41 is passed, the mayor said the plan includes adding ADA-compliant restrooms to North

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    Vacation-rental agencies asked to halt bookings for Pitkin County, Aspen properties | News

    After receiving information that some people recently booked vacation rentals in the area and then sought medical treatment for coronavirus-like symptoms, Pitkin County’s Incident Management Team reiterated on Tuesday that the latest public health order bans short-term lodging.

    Those who violate the order could face misdemeanor charges leading to fines and/or jail time. Officials also contacted vacation-rental agencies VRBO and Airbnb to inform them not to accept nonresident bookings of short-term rentals within county boundaries. 

    “We’ve gotten some information recently to lead us to believe that there are still some companies accepting short-term rentals and reservations, like VRBO and Airbnb. We’ve issued a letter to both of those companies today to ask that they stop accepting them per the Pitkin County public health order,” said Alex Burchetta, IMT spokesperson and chief deputy of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

    “Specifically, they are not to accept any new reservations and they are to cancel any existing reservations,” he continued. “The intent there is to allow nonresidents of Pitkin County to return to their primary [place] of residence.” 

    Burchetta said the county doesn’t have the capacity from a public health and safety standpoint to handle an influx of visitors.

    “As much as we love them … we love having you here, but just not now,” he said. 

    Being at an elevation of around 8,000 feet puts undue stress on a person’s immune system and health, he said. Small and less-noticeable illnesses can be exacerbated by the altitude. While the area has excellent health care providers and systems, would-be visitors might have access to a wider range of health services within their own communities, Burchetta said.

    Section L of Pitkin County’s public health order issued on March 23 states, “There shall be no new bookings or reservations during the pendency of this Order. Furthermore, current reservations for the timeframe anticipated in this Order shall be cancelled for all short-term lodging, including but not limited to hotels, motels, short-term rentals (30 days or less), bed and breakfast establishments, lodges and retreats.”

    Burchetta said officials were alerted by Aspen Valley Hospital doctors that nonresidents who recently booked vacation rentals in Aspen sought treatment Monday of “some symptoms” not necessarily associated with COVID-19. 

    He said he didn’t know how many people were involved in presenting those symptoms to the hospital. Even if it were just two people who got short-term rentals since the order was issued, “it still represents two too many,” Burchetta said. 

    “We started [notifications] with the global short-term rental market” like VRBO and Airbnb, he said. “Pitkin County and the Colorado mountain communities are not a place of refuge as they are most other times of the year. …We don’t have the ability to handle the increased capacity.”

    Those who fail to comply with provisions of the order, including the mandate banning short-term vacation lodging, may be subject to misdemeanor charges and fines of up to $5,000 and/or up to 18 months of jail time.

    “We’re just trying to reinforce [the order],”

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