This week we take a look at the true meaning behind Boxing Day! For those of you that aren't familiar, Boxing Day falls on December 26th and is a national holiday in the UK and Ireland. Read on to learn the history and perhaps you will begin the Boxing Day tradition with your family this year! Small firms were pledged a package of support in George Osborne's Autumn Statement and we guide you to Britain's best Christmas markets with gift ideas from independent producers. We have also mapped out London's quirkiest cafes for you to visit after working up an appetite from all the holiday shopping. Read on and enjoy!
Happy birthday to The Who! To celebrate 50 years of concerts, and kick off their 50th Anniversary tour, the English band hosted a “high class karaoke” event benefitting the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. The event featured big names such as Eddie Vedder, Liam Gallagher and Geddy Lee who took the stage to honor the iconic band. Winston Churchill’s paintings are currently on exhibition in Atlanta and we discover an untold and interconnected history between the state of Georgia and his family. Making a trip to London for shopping this Christmas season? We have a list of the best and most-welcoming hotels for your stay. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we’ve mapped out the best spots to get your turkey and stuffing fix across the pond.
Attention Art Lovers! This week, we feature London's ultimate art tour, complete with bar stops and art classes. You won't want to miss this entertaining and hands-on activity. Also, as we approach next weekend's Atlanta Falcons game in London, we take a look at some additional NFL activity abroad. Plus: UGA students are victorious over University of Oxford students in a debate about drone strikes and we take a look at implications following Ukip's win in Clacton. Read on to discover the top 10 "walkable" hotels and B&Bs in England.
This week, we take a look inside the British Airways Heritage Collection Centre where the airline has preserved records and artifacts of British Airways and predecessor companies since its formation. I highly recommend you plan a visit here the next time you find yourself abroad. Stella McCartney added a delicate touch to Paris fashion week and we learn Britain’s economy grew faster than expected during the second quarter. The Atlanta Falcons are coming to town! For anyone planning on being in London for the Falcons game later this month, please "Save the Date" of Saturday, October 25th for a reception event in the city. Further details to follow. Also, if I can be of any assistance during this exciting event, please call me on either my US Mobile: 404.431.7008 or UK Mobile 0775 975 0889.
For the first time in its 260-year history, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews will allow women members. Read on to learn the details of this historic and significant vote. In another historic and significant vote, Scotland rejected independence from Britain in a referendum that had threatened to break up the 307-year union between them. Virgin Atlantic will take over Delta's daily flights to Manchester from Atlanta and a 22-year-old received the Dyson engineering award for her bio-reactive food expiry label. London's fashion week took a surprising turn as designers embraced the "new normal" and we take a look at the top 10 fashion trends from the catwalk.
Calling all Sting fans: you now have the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and help harvest the musician's grapes and olives. Read on to learn what a day of labor at the former Police lead singer's Tuscan estate will cost you. This week, we learn that Atlanta had a record year in exports last year and Britain has increased its ranking to the world's ninth most competitive country. We discover the most beautiful English railways to travel on and why camping is still one of UK's favorite vacations. Read on and enjoy!
This week, we take a look at the "Original Jersey" and how this small country of only 100,000 people located off the coast of France became one of the world's largest financial centers. Virgin-Atlantic's Richard Branson literally "cut ties" with Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson while at the Atlanta airline's corporate leadership meeting. The British airline will come to Atlanta this October as part of a joint venture to take advantage of popular (and lucrative) flights between U.S. cities and London’s Heathrow Airport. Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum will showcase more than 30 original paintings by the late Winston Churchill later this year and we discover 10 beautiful Scottish castle stays that won’t break the bank.
While many were marveling at Rory McIlroy's performance in the Open Championship, one week earlier a most unlikely winner took home a most unlikely win at the Woman's Open Championship. Keep reading to learn what led the American, now known as "Mighty Mo" Martin, to the top of the leaderboards. After 10 years of planning, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games began yesterday and we take a look at some of Britain’s best family-friendly historical attractions to visit this summer. This weekend marks the start of summer vacation for many schools in England - keep reading to learn where the 2 million expected travelers are heading!
State focuses on workforce development as industry continues to have major economic impact
In honor of the Tour de France spinning across London this week, here are five things you probably didn't know about the British capital and why the cyclers were sure to get a warm welcome as they passed through. This week, we learn Britain could have the second largest economy in Europe by 2020 and why Goldman Sachs upgraded UK’s growth rate. The manufacturing of Holdsworth bikes could return to the company’s British roots and we discover why Wales could be your next holiday destination.
Hello from Wimbledon! It's that time of year again and I can't wait to watch all excitement unfold during the next few days. Read on to learn what you can count on seeing during this year's tennis. This week, we take a look inside the London Silver Vaults and history behind the world's largest collection of antique silver. Visit London has developed 10 short films showcasing top spots for visitors and the Queen has opened a revitalized Terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport.
Coca-Cola plans to launch a new natural soft drink called "Coca-Cola Life" in Great Britain this September. Keep reading to learn what makes this drink special - besides the new green label. The World Cup began in Brazil this week and we discover which England player is key in their opening game tomorrow, and why English fans have been called the most doubtful this year! London’s taxi industry prepares for Uber’s entrance into the city and Nigel Farage pushes to make Britain an angling destination to rival Florida.
For the second consecutive year, it was a pleasure to host some of Georgia State University's brightest students for the "Panthers in the City - London" program. The week long study abroad experience gives career-focused business students an opportunity to meet with a variety of companies looking for interns and employees in their field of study. This week we learn why two of Obama's key campaign advisors are outsourcing their political expertise across the pond and how the recent Ukip election victory is making waves in Great Britain. Four Georgia universities have joined a national effort to double the number of U.S. participants in study abroad programs by 2019 and we reveal some of Britain's hidden beaches that are perfect for weekend trips. Read on to learn the best spots to catch World Cup fever in London!
Fancy a golf round with the next James Bond? One of the many upsides of working abroad is every now and then I get to meet some of the many celebrities that call London home. This past week I had the pleasure to meet and play golf with Scottish actor, Dougray Scott. Those who have followed his successful career have seen him in many movies and television shows including, "Ever After," "Mission Impossible," and "Desperate Housewives" to name a few. However, what many don't know is that Dougray was the leading candidate to replace Pierce Brosnan and may very well follow Daniel Craig as the next James Bond. Stories vary, but many say the job was his to take and that he was simply unable to make it to the casting due to filming "Mission Impossible II." Either way, having had the privilege of spending a day with him on the golf course I can say he not only looks the part but is also a great golfer. To all my fellow Georgians: Dougray is currently filming "Taken III" in Atlanta and can be seen around town with Liam Neeson!
It's Harry-mania in Memphis, TN this weekend! Prince Harry and Prince William arrived in the southern city last night to kick off the weekend for a friend of the royal family's wedding. We are saddened by the passing of one of Britain's most loved actors Bob Hoskins, best known for his roles in Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Hook. Companies in Georgia and other states look abroad to fill their need for highly skilled positions and London's Heathrow Airport plans to become the first airport to offer a personal shopper service. Andy Murray's month-old hotel has already been honored as Luxury Hotel of the Year by the Scottish Hotel Awards and we take a look at the top 10 craft beer pubs in Central London.
First, I would like to congratulate my fellow Georgia Bulldog Bubba Watson for another grand victory last Sunday at the 2014 Masters. On that note, we kick off this week's newsletter with five key takeaways from last weekend's tournament. This week, the royal family begins their 10-day royal tour of Australia with the adorable Prince George in tow and Northern Ireland showcases their involvement in 'Game of Thrones' to increase tourism to the region. British inflation fell to its lowest in four years last month and several UK's beaches have been recognized as having excellent water quality. Read on and enjoy!
Despite Prince Charles's efforts to encourage traditional mid-rise architecture in London, Mayor Boris Johnson plans to continue building towers to help accommodate the capital’s booming population. As fans around the world mourn the Gwyneth Paltrow/Chris Martin split last week, we learn that "conscious uncoupling" and "breakup moons" are more common than you may think. On my recent trip to London, Georgia State University Dean Larry Berman and Andrew Lee, Director of Taipei's UK Office, and I stopped for a break at The Orangery next door to Kensington Palace. As the only royal palace where you can have a traditional afternoon tea, I highly recommend making a visit the next time you find yourself in central London.
This week, we are reminded of the parliamentary expense scandal and revisit how Nick Clegg plans to reform the issue with members of the House of Lords. UK’s Wembley stadium signed a six-year sponsorship deal that will involve branding the arena’s iconic arches for the first time and we discover why Princess Diana may have leaked confidential royal directories to a press contact. UK taxpayers will be forced to make up the £1 billion shortfall in public sector pensions and distant relatives ask courts to allow a public consultation to decide where the remains of King Richard III will be reburied. Read on to learn why the EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States!
Ever wish you could turn back time and revisit the "good ole days?" Well, there's an app for that. The Museum of London recently released an app that allows tourists to view real-time street views with overlays of historic photographs at some of London’s most famous landmarks. This week we learn London continues to rank as the top location for the ultra-wealthy and last year's sunny weather drew record numbers to UK's outdoor attractions. House building hits a five-year high across the pond and transportation equipment tops the list of Georgia's exports.
UK football fans may soon get to stand up while cheering for their team! It has been almost 25 years since the installation of all-seater stadiums in Championship and Premier Leagues, but recently, most of the 72 teams have voted in favor of standing option plans. The annual inflation rate for the Bank of England dropped to below 2% this week and a new London Iced tea drink (with vodka) is the result of UK Trade & Investment’s Passport for Export program. A major clean up initiative is under way for parts of England and Wales affected by the recent horrific storms and Atlanta based UPS expands in the UK with a company that has a fleet to deliver temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals
With reports showing the Queen is down to "her last million," we learn how her advisers have failed her and the royal family’s fortune. The number of mortgages taken out has hit a six-year high in the UK and consumer sentiment also reaches its highest level in the same amount of time. Powa Technologies, the revolutionary new photo-based e-commerce platform, receives an additional $20.7 million making it the largest investment fund ever awarded to a technology start-up. Read on to learn why nutrient-rich drink companies are flourishing in the UK market.
This week, we learn that Britain will guarantee Scotland’s debts if the country becomes independent and that British economic recovery is here to stay. US food group Hain Celestial purchased Tilda rice, the brand credited with bringing Basmati rice to the Western World and we learn when the first aeroplane to be fully designed and built in the UK in over 40 years will go into production. In another effort to globalize American sports abroad, the NBA Global series brought the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets to the O2 Arena for an "away" regular season game. While my team, the Atlanta Hawks, lost to the hot hand of former Hawk Joe Johnson, it was a great occasion and I got to watch the game with my friend David Simmons of First Sports International.
Happy New Year! Despite the rain, London's New Year's Day Parade was successful at achieving its main purpose once again...to cheer up the city! Read on to learn what was featured in the 28th annual spectacle. British building activity continues to show strong growth and job confidence increases leading to more permanent jobs. The pound is headed for a third weekly gain versus the euro and Businesses raised £1.02bn through the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme last year.