Spaghetti Junction, Jennifer Lopez

24 May

Spaghetti Junction – the UK’s best-known section of road celebrates its 40th birthday today.

Spaghetti Junction is how most of us know what is actually the Gravelly Hill Interchange which connects the M6 at junction 6 with the A38(M) Aston Expressway into central Birmingham.

Its strangely complicated look results from the need to follow the line of the local canal and river network to enable the constructors to build a 6 lane carriageway and attached link roads through a built up area with the minimum disruption to buildings. Construction started in 1968 and it took 4 years to complete the junction.

Spaghetti Junction covers around 30 acres in total and it cost around £10m to build. It had 40k vehicles a day using it when it opened but these days the daily traffic through Spaghetti Junction is now around 210k vehicles.

It was voted the most well-known motorway sight in Britain in a 2007 RAC motorists survey. It has also found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary and has its own weather station.

The term Spaghetti Junction was termed by Birmingham Evening Mail journalist Roy Smith who thought that the interchange resembled spaghetti when viewed from above. Following the adoption of the name for the Gravelly Hill Interchange there are now a number of road systems around the world that are also known as Spaghetti Junction. So far there are 2 Australian, 6 Canadian, 1 German, 1 New Zealand, 1 South African, 24 US junctions as well as one more UK road system,the Worsley Braided Interchange between Manchester and Bolton, that are all known as Spaghetti Junction

Jennifer Lopez – the singer seemed keen to make an impression on American Idol’s finals night.

The 42-year old looked in great shape as she wore a low-cut crop top to sing her new single Goin’ In. She then followed this up with a performance of her previous single Follow The Leader, where she was joined by Wisin & Yandel.

She has recently said on the Ellen DeGeneres talk show that she is unsure whether she will appear on American Idol after this series. It seems that her workload might be too great to allow such a commitment any longer.

Fellow judge Steven Tyler is certainly keen to keep her on the show and said that he loves sitting next to Jennifer: “She’s a sexy beast,” Tyler said.  “I’m always flirting with her. It’s not a bad thing. It’s really a good thing. The best part of it all is that we been able to pick some good talent. Just look at this year.”

This year’s final featured Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez competing for the title with Phillips eventually coming out on top. The finalists had to perform 3 songs each on the night and Phillips got the chance to sing with Credence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty while Jessica took to the stage with Jennifer Holliday for her version of And I Am Telling You.

With J.Lo saying that she might not be a judge on the next series of American Idol there are already rumours about who might replace her on the panel with the name most mentioned so far being Cheryl Cole. If she does get the job then Cheryl may find J.Lo a hard act to follow in the US as she has been named by Forbes this year as the Most Powerful and Influential Celebrity in the World. She was also named the Most Beautiful Person by People last year.

If you are wanting to see J.Lo live in concert in the UK then there is only 1 opportunity this year with her O2 Arena concert on 22 October. Tickets for this show go on sale from tomorrow morning (25 May) at 9 am.

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