A hotel story that even made the mainstream national news (UK) this week was about the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi who have introduced a vending machine with a difference. No snacks and drinks on offer here – instead, GOLD! This self service machine dispenses gold bars and coins and is itself plated in 24 carat gold. A prices are offered in real time to ensure the value is true. If anyone happens to be staying at the Emirates Palace and wants to bring me back a gift, you know where to go!