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The Most Unusual Restaurants From Around The World

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1. Waterfall Restaurant, Quezon province, Philippines

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Being the part of a Villa Escudero resort in the city of San Pablo, Waterfall Restaurant is probably the only public place in the world (in civilized society at least) where you can eat, admire the beautiful views around and … wash your feet at the same time.

The local Philipino food is being served on bamboo tables at the foot of a real waterfall, so those sitting at the tables closest to the cascading water might take a shower as well.

Taking shower while having lunch

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Sounds good for those who like being closer to nature (primitive beach bars or restaurants in the middle of the rainforest will hardly impress anyone), and it is definitely a perfect decision for hot sultry days, which is quite common for these places.

2. Mazoch café, Lviv, Ukraine

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This famous restaurant, named after the well-known Lviv writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (you are definitely familiar with the term masochism), is the place where you will hardly want to have a breakfast with your kids. The provocative theme and intimate atmosphere with the dim red lights and women’s corset shaped chairs will be a good choice to have a late dinner in a company of close friends.

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The bull’s testicles fried in oil is only one of the things the local menu will impress you with, and the nicely dressed waitresses will handcuff or whip you if you are willing so (just do not be surprised if your friends share the video on the web next day). When you are leaving the place do not forget to deep your hand into Leopold’s pocket, there will be a surprise waiting for you!

3. Restaurant in the Sky, Brussels, Belgium

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This place, or rather an attraction, is not a good idea for those afraid of height. While all the safety procedure are strictly obeyed (you are literally tied to a chair, like in a real rollercoaster) not everyone will be in the mood for a nice dinner on the height of 150 feet. This risky idea of starting the restaurant above the city was first suggested by a Belgian entrepreneur David Ghysles in 2004, now restaurants of the same type are gaining more and more recognition practically all around the world, becoming a popular venue for business dinners, fancy parties and must-visits for the ordinary tourists.

In the clouds

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In addition to extravagant delicious food and drinks (the prices are even higher than the restaurant itself) you will receive the beautiful view and emotions you will hardly ever forget. Just do not forget to check the weather forecast before booking a table, otherwise the fancy dinner might turn into Survivor reality show.

4. Restaurant near Sanyou Cave above the Chang Jiang river, Hubei , China

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Another must visit for those who think that eating on the ground is too primitive is the Cave restaurant in China. To get to your table you will have to experience some shock first (just to get prepared for the dinner itself): the restaurant opens with a simple brick building which leads you to a 30 meter-long narrow bridge. In the end you find yourself in a huge dining hall caved into a cliff, with some parts of it literally hanging over the ground on the height of several hundred meters.

On the edge

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At this point make sure to take a deep breath, order a nice meal (with a bottle of champagne) and start enjoying the view of the Yangtze river flowing below. In case it does not impress you enough, you may try bungee jumping, the platform is not far from the restaurant.

5. Monkey Restaurant, Japan

Monkey Restaurant, Japan

We all know how even the best and most expensive restaurant may leave a bad impression if the service is poor (angry waitress, slow barmen or dirty table is doubtfully what you are expecting to see in a good place). Well, the owner of this restaurant should hardly worry about the quality of the service: who on Earth would get mad for having to wait for a drink too long if the one responsible for delivering drinks is … a monkey.

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Kaoru Otsuka, the owner of this unusual restaurant, says he never really meant teaching the monkeys to take orders and bring food, it was merely their own desire. Kaoru owns two macaque monkeys now: Yat-chan (the most experienced one) takes orders and brings drinks, and Fuku-chan, who still holds the junior position and is responsible for bringing hot towels to the customers. If you are a Greenpeace activist stop panicking: the monkeys are working for only two hours a day, and seems they are pretty happy about that.

6. Opaque, California, USA

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This is a place of a principally different type. While others are looking for the craziest ways to attract your attention and make you buy food in this particular restaurant (dining on the edge of the cliff, being served by a monkey in a fancy suite or handcuffed to a chair by a cute waitress), here you are offered to concentrate on your basic senses. The idea of the restaurant is quite simple: you are eating in complete darkness and being served by legally blind people.

In the darkness

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The author of this conception believes that limiting other senses helps to enhance the taste of the food and enjoy it to its fullest. It might seem quite challenging to eat with a knife and a fork without seeing anything, but, on the other hand, who will notice if you drop the utensils and eat with your fingers? That is another way to enhance the taste of the food everyone is secretly practicing at home!

7. Robot Restaurant in Harbin, China

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Robots greeting guests at the entrance to the restaurant, robots cooking, serving meals and bussing the tables? This is neither a script for some science fiction movie nor a dream from the future. The restaurant hiring 20 robots has opened in June, 2012, and is now one of the most popular tourists’ attractions in Harbin, China.

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Robots are doing practically all the job in the restaurant, except for taking the orders (their human colleagues might be better at this). One might think that it is a good way to save money not having to pay salary to the staff of 20 people, but if you are planning on opening your own place don’t get too excited: the cheapest of the robots costs over $30 000, so you should probably hire someone cheaper to serve your customers

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Channels TV reporter was shot dead during Shiite clash with police in Abuja

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A young ChannelsTV reporter serving out his NYSC with the television station, was caught in the crossfire as police clashed with Shiite protesters in Abuja.

Precious Owolabi, 23, who was interning with ChannelsTV as a reporter, was shot dead as police clashed with members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise referred to as Shiite, in Abuja, Nigeria’s administrative capital, on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Owolabi was serving out a mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program with the television station. He was hit by a stray bullet to his stomach.

“The 23-year-old died of a gunshot wound he sustained while covering the clash between the police and the Shiite protesters on Monday in Abuja”, ChannelsTV reported.

The statement from the broadcast station would add that: “The management and staff of Channels Television are greatly saddened by the untimely and unfortunate death of such a promising journalist.

“We pray that God will grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, and avail his soul eternal rest”.

Recent clashes between Shiites and the police have played out in pristine Abuja, the seat of government in Nigeria.

Protesting a leader’s detention

Members of the Shiite sect have been protesting the arrest of their spiritual leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky who has been in detention since 2015, following a bloody clash between Shiites and officers of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna State.

El-Zakzaky has been complaining of a failing health at recent court appearances.

Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky in court

Shiite leader, El-Zakzaky in court

The Islamic sect has clashed with the Police and the Nigerian Army on numerous occasions since 2015. 

40 Shiites were arrested on July 9, 2019 during a protest march to the National Assembly that turned bloody as two officers were shot, although the sect said the officers were shot by other officers who opened fire on the IMN protesters.

Monday’s protest also claimed the life of the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), DCP Usman Umar, who was confirmed dead in the hospital after a bullet was lodged in his head. 

Usman served as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, before he was later appointed as the DCP Operations.

Eyewitnesses say policemen had opened fire on the Shiite protesters after attempts to calm and ward them off failed. 

Presidency reacts to claims it is keeping El-Zakzaky in defiance of court order

The federal government has denied that it is flouting court orders with the continuous detention of El-Zakzaky, with President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, stating that the Shiite leader is being kept in custody because he is still being tried by the government of Kaduna State, the jurisdiction where the 2015 clash occurred.

“The presidency appeals to El-Zakzaky-led Shiite members to desist from needless violent street protests and await the decision of the court in Kaduna where their leader is currently being tried.

President Buhari and Kaduna Governor Elrufai. Presidency maintains that El-Zakzaky is being kept by the Kaduna State govt (Punch)

President Buhari and Kaduna Governor Elrufai. Presidency maintains that El-Zakzaky is being kept by the Kaduna State govt (Punch)

“The federal government no more has hands in the matter and to that extent, the government at the center can be said to be clear of any alleged violations of court orders as being trumpeted every day. 

“These rallies and street dances ostensibly to openly insult the president and other leaders, threatening bloodshed will lead nowhere because President Buhari will not ask the country’s judiciary to abandon due process and set a suspect free.

“The Buhari administration has absolutely no hand in the on-going court case and the courts are free to determine the bail request and the final outcome”, the presidency said through Shehu. 

The trial of El-Zakzaky 

Even though a Federal High Court ordered his release in December 2016, the Department of State Security (DSS) continued to detain El-Zakzaky.

In May 2018, El-Zakzaky was eventually arraigned before a Kaduna High Court and charged with unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. The court would deny him bail afterwards.

400 IMN members were arrested by the police for disturbance of public peace and law and order in Abuja on October 30, 2018.

They were alleged to have set a police truck on fire. They were arrested with 31 bottles of petrol bombs and other dangerous weapons.

Nigerian police fired tear gas to disperse Shi’ite Muslim protesters (Sabcnews)

Nigerian police fired tear gas to disperse Shi’ite Muslim protesters (Sabcnews)

On October 27, 2018, the Army accused Shiite protesters of attacking a convoy carrying ammunition.

The clash on the day resulted in the death of three people, with a couple of soldiers also wounded.

The protesters returned on October 29 and got involved in another clash with the Army and the Police.

While the Army reported that three other Shiites were killed on the day, the Shia sect claimed around 50 were killed by troops.

On January 20, 2012, Enenche Akogwu, a cameraman with ChannelsTV, was shot three times in the chest and three times in the stomach by Boko Haram terrorists on a Kano street, as the insurgents blew up the northern city with bombs.

Akogwu was 31 years of age.

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Barcelona appoints ‘Valdes’ to coach their youth team

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The Spanish giant ‘Barcelona’ has appointed their legendary star victor Valdes to coach U19A team.

The Spaniard picked up UEFA A and B coaching licences after retiring from football last year and has now reunited with the Blaugrana

The 37-year-old racked up 539 appearances for Barca across all competitions over the course of 12 seasons between 2002 and 2014, winning 21 major titles in total.

Valdes picked up three Champions Leagues, six La Liga titles and won the Copa del Rey twice, earning legendary status at the club while also establishing himself as one of the finest shot-stoppers in Europe.

Barcelona released the following statement on their official website: “Victor Valdes is back at FC Barcelona after signing a contract on Friday morning to become the new head coach of the U19A team. The agreement binds him to the club until June 2020, with the option for an extension by one additional season.

The Spanish born has been enjoying with ED Moratalaz role in the fifth tier of Spanish football before Barcelona reach an agreement with him.

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