Did the English Spread Suit-Wearing Around the World?

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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?

Is London a Drain on Other UK Cities?

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Cities dominate the UK. Both Manchester and Leeds have economies of over £50bn, which makes them more productive than the entirety of Wales.

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?

Imperial Adventure Stories are an Important Key to Britain’s Past

West Indian women in London

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

Pharrell Williams Reclaims UK Singles Chart Pinnacle

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US star Pharrell Williams has returned to the number one spot in the UK singles chart with his track Happy.

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

Pitti Uomo Holds Strong

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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

Bulgarians and Romanians Free to Work in UK as Controls End

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Bulgarian and Romanian citizens are free to live and work in the UK after controls in place since 2007 expired.

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