Britain‘s colonial past has a new villain. Step forward the lounge suit. At a regional summit this week Uruguayan President Jose Mujica aired a surprising grievance: “We have to dress like English gentlemen. That’s the suit that industrialisation imposed on the world.” He went on: “Even the Japanese had to abandon their kimonos to have prestige in the world.” FULL STORY Continue reading Did the English Spread Suit-Wearing Around the World?
However, the rest of the country is somewhat outgunned by London‘s size and scale. It accounts for roughly one-fifth of jobs and businesses and one-quarter of the UK’s economic output.
London’s sheer dominance has led some, including business secretary Vince Cable, to call the capital a drain on the rest of the country. FULL STORY Continue reading Is London a Drain on Other UK Cities?
Discussing Miranda Carter’s article (Racist, but important, Review, 25 January) with friends who are both proudly British and acknowledge their Indian, Pakistani and African origins, we were all struck by the same thought. The ignorance of Britain’s colonial past and related literature lies to a great extent with the poor teaching of history and geography in our schools. FULL STORY Continue reading Imperial Adventure Stories are an Important Key to Britain’s Past
The Golden Globes are under way in Hollywood, with a wealth of British stars in the running for glory. FULL STORY Continue reading Golden Globes Begins in Hollywood
Last week the singer was dislodged from pole position by Pitbull and Kesha, who have been pegged back to second place. FULL STORY Continue reading Pharrell Williams Reclaims UK Singles Chart Pinnacle
This season, despite attempted negotiations between Pitti Uomo’s chief executive Raffaello Napoleone and the British Fashion Council, London Collections: Men started on January 6th, just one day before the four day Florence-based trade show was scheduled to begin, meaning the two events would overlap for two days. As a result of the clash, Napoleone made a bold move, chartering a private plane to fly media and buyers to Florence the moment the Burberry show had concluded on January 8th, at a total cost of €29,000 (about $39,000). FULL STORY Continue reading Pitti Uomo Holds Strong
The UK has not released forecasts of migrant numbers but campaigners say up to 50,000 people a year could come.
Immigration minister Mark Harper said curbs on access to benefits would ensure those heading to the UK would contribute to the economy. READ MORE Continue reading Bulgarians and Romanians Free to Work in UK as Controls End