Will Dean's Ideas Factory: Room for a smashing lesson in anger management


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The problem with one being incredibly, seethingly, monstrously angry is that, unless you're in the proximity to a punchbag (or, if a sent-off footballer, a dressing room door) there's often no physical way of letting the anger vent out without flirting with criminal charges.

Bottling it up isn't a problem for residents of Dallas. Angry Texans there can head to the city's Anger Room where, for a mere $25 (for five minutes) they can smash the living daylights out of a room of stuff. Those with serious anger issues can go up to a 25-minute "total demolition" session for $75 which, while steep, compares favourably to an hour with a shrink.

The Anger Room was opened in 2008 by Donna Alexander, who told The Week that she saw a hole in the anger room market in her teens. The rooms are filled with old televisions, sofas and other furniture that would otherwise go to landfill.

The only problem with a room in which members of the public can do untold damage to stuff is that, legally, the Anger Room owners have to be extremely careful. So only one angry person is allowed in at a time; pregnant women are persona non grata and angry pets aren't welcome (yet) – which is good news for the Dog Whisperer, if not Texas's testy dachsunds.

And, just in case you were wondering – "Anger Room LLC does not claim to be a mental help or medical facility, we do not treat, give diagnosis or provide medical therapy of any kind," explains its website.

One hotel that's guaranteed to be at risk from rising damp...

A few weeks ago, people were baffled by plans by design firm Atkins for the Songjiang Hotel, a 400-room complex built inside a quarry near Shanghai.

The stakes in bonkers hotel building were raised (or indeed lowered) this week by the news that Dubai's Drydocks World, alongside other firms, is to build the Water Discus Hotel in the Emirate. The Water Discus is impressive, not just for looking like an ancient Greek weapon but because it's to be submerged 10m below the Persian Gulf. And it also spins around (the bit that's above the sea). Bloomberg Businessweek reports that architect Pawel Podwojewski has been planning the hotel for two years – and, as well as spinning it's able to rise back up to the surface in case of any emergency. All very exciting, but there's a catch. Other underwater projects have failed for budgetary reasons, as have a litany of ultra-ambitious Dubai projects such The World – the famous archipelago of man-made islands off the coast of Dubai. They were last seen, wait for it... falling into the sea.

Festival to cost you an arm (but no leg)

By the third day of most music festivals you can guarantee long queues at two outlets: the coffee shop and the (often extortionate) cash machines.

The only festivals where you're not scrabbling around for a loose tenner are the ones in cities – such as London's Wireless in Hyde Park.

So, in, er, possibly-less-useful-than-it-might-be news, Barclaycard has announced that bars and merch stalls at Wireless, which they sponsor, will have facilities for contactless pay. As well as the usual contactless cards, the festival will feature wristbands that can be used for payments, which may be a good idea. With about 400 wallets handed in every year at Glastonbury alone – you might need a one-touch entry point to one's debit account attached to your arm.