The much-delayed opening of a £40m hotel within Britain's tallest building is to finally go ahead this spring. The 202-room Shangri-La hotel in the 1,000ft-high Shard will open to guests on 6 May. But it will not be until September 2014 that all the rooms will be available in the hotel, which will occupy levels 34 to 52 in the towering structure, which stands close to London Bridge station. And although guests are all guaranteed fantastic views over London, their nightly stays will set them back a pretty penny, with room rates starting at £450 and suites going for as much as £3,250 a night. Read more >>
The cartoon is by Kipper Williams from The Guardian. The setting is a room high up in the Shard Hotel (the official name the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard). A hotel guest is lying on the bed. His face is green and his head is spinning (= he's feeling dizzy). His wife tells the room service man, "Either it's altitude sickness or he saw the room prices."
Altitude sickness occurs when you cannot get enough oxygen from the air at high altitudes. This causes symptoms such as a headache, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping. The joke is that the Shard Hotel is so high that the man could be suffering from altitude sickness. But his symptoms could also be caused by the sky-high room prices.
Remember: either A or B, neither A nor B, both A and B.