Traditionally, destroying a credit card you no longer use was as easy as reaching for a

Traditionally, destroying a credit card you no longer use was as easy as reaching for a pair of scissors or heading to your home shredder. However, more issuers are making the switch to sturdier metal credit cards, and the trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. American Express made the switch with The Platinum Card® from American Express in 2017 and American Express® Gold Card in 2018, and this year’s Apple Card was released to much fanfare for its sleek titanium build. But when your metal card expires or otherwise becomes unusable, scissors, box cutters and even paper shredders are no longer enough to get the job done. So what’s the best way to destroy a metal card? Here are a few options: Sending your expired or otherwise compromised metal credit card back to your issuer is often the best way to make sure the card will be properly disposed. If you receive a new card, your issuer may enclose with it an envelope with prepaid postage for you to return your old card for recycling or disposal. According to a representative from Chase, which offers both the Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card in metal form, Chase cardmembers also receive a prepaid envelope a...

Grand designs in glass: eight ideas for very different windows

This grand Victorian home, 133 Gloucester Road, in London’s Kensington was home to novelist JM Barrie in the late 19th century and it is said that he used its top floor balcony as inspiration for writing Peter Pan. This large double reception room on the ground floor of this six-bedroom property has ceilings in excess of 3m and large grand stone mullion windows looking onto the communal garden of Hereford Square. Agents Pastor Real Estate are asking £8.5million (€9.7 million). To execute something of the scale pictured, a circa 3m by 2m window surround with natural cut stone window head, window cill, cambered quoins, cambered mullions and transoms installed will cost from about €12,000 says stonemason and sculptor Ruairi Dennison.pastor-realestate.com; igs.ie For a room with a view check into Hotel Ottilia in Copenhagen, located on the grounds of the old Carlsberg Brewery site about a 20 minute journey from the city centre. Ask for room on the Bryggernes Plads side of the hotel, where you get round windows offering a built-in seat and giving you probably one of the most perfect perches from where to watch the world go by. Its window has a super smart slim frame that includes sma...