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07 марта, 19:01

Tusk: EU doesn’t want to ‘build a wall’ with Britain

Eu President Donald Tusk said yesterday the bloc does not want to “build a wall” with Britain as it leaves the bloc but warned in new guidelines for trade talks of a negative economic impact.

04 марта, 09:07

На США обрушился зимний шторм «Райли»: погибли 6 человек

  По меньшей мере шесть человек погибли в результате зимнего шторма «Райли», который повалил деревья и линии электропередачи от Северной Каролины до штата Мэн, США, и обесточил более 1,6 миллиона домов и предприятий, сообщает The Weather Channel.

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23 февраля, 19:30

Let’s move to Hebden Bridge, West Yorks: a rain-soaked paradise

If the roots of its liberal and creative image are a mystery, its appeal is obviousWhat’s going for it? Nobody knows why Hebden Bridge became “Hebden Bridge”, officially the quirkiest/kookiest/koolest/most LGBTQ-friendly/least chain-store-y etc small town in the universe. I have asked. I asked the people in the herb shop on the narrowboat, at the market, on the towpath, at the Trades Club. I asked Urban Boffins in the university faculty I teach in. Nobody knows. It looks like other northern, post-industrial former mill towns: canal, steep valley, Methodist chapels, chimneys... It feels, though, utterly different, a little rain-soaked paradise. You’d never have guessed it from Hebden Bridge’s starring role in Happy Valley’s grimfest; nor from local boy Ted Hughes’ poem Stubbing Wharfe: “the hopeless old stone trap”. Two decades after he wrote that in the 1950s, though, others saw what he couldn’t – artists, hippies and conservationists doing up its cheap, knackered buildings. Today the town feels festive even on a wet winter Tuesday: all co-ops, carrot cake and bunting – blunt Yorkshire wit, though, perfectly tempering the earnestness.The case against… Such is the demand to live here, and such is the shortage of space, you’ll pay a premium to move in. Floods: though how well it bounced back from the last, in 2016. Cosmopolitan it may be, but it’s still a very small town. Occasionally tends towards over-kookiness. Continue reading...

20 февраля, 21:33

Playbook Power Briefing: TRUMP denies WaPo story about him kissing a woman in Trump Tower more than a decade ago

Rachel Crooks, the woman accusing Trump, has told her story before today.

13 февраля, 19:32

Revealed: Viet Cong Commandos Sank a Navy Aircraft Carrier

Paul Richard Huard Security, Your history lesson for the day.  Despite patrol boats filled with harbor police, Nao and his companion were able to mount their operation because of careful planning and the corruption of Saigon law enforcement. “For the Card mission, my fellow operative and I pretended to be fishermen,” Nao said in an April 22, 2015 interview with Vietnamese News Service. “When our boat reached Nha Rong Wharf, the police chased us to the bank of the Thu Thiem Peninsula. To avoid having my boat inspected, we pushed the boat to a swamp, so that the police boat could not reach it.” Nao told the harbor police that he wanted to shop at a market on a nearby island, offering to share part of the clothing and radios he planned to buy there. Then, he gave the police a generous bribe — and they let Nao go his way. It was shortly after midnight when two Viet Cong commandos emerged from a sewer tunnel that emptied into Saigon Port, each man carrying nearly 90 pounds of high explosives and the components needed to make two time bombs. Their target was the largest American ship in port, USNS Card. An escort carrier that saw distinguished service as a submarine-hunter in the North Atlantic during World War II, during the early morning hours of May 2, 1964, Card was part of U.S. Military Sealift Command. The ship supported an escalating military commitment of the South Vietnamese government that occurred well before the Tonkin Gulf Incident. Since 1961, Card had transported both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to the beleaguered nation as well as the U.S. pilots and support crews need to operate them. Recommended: Stealth vs. North Korea’s Air Defenses: Who Wins? Recommended: America’s Battleships Went to War Against North Korea Recommended: 5 Places World War III Could Start in 2018 Read full article

12 февраля, 23:33

Pippa Middleton’s Style Evolution: 15 of Her Best Looks

Though Pippa Middleton's style has evolved over the past six years, she delivers time and time again with elegant, yet effortlessly cool ensembles.

12 февраля, 19:01

Airport closes as WWII bomb found

All flights to and from London’s City Airport were cancelled yesterday after an unexploded World War Two bomb weighing half a ton was found buried in silt in the River Thames.

12 февраля, 16:10

London City Airport Cancels Monday Flights As WW2 Bomb Found

In an incident that echoes that evacuation of around 50,000 people in Hanover last year over the discover of five unexploded bombs that were dropped during World War II, London City Airport canceled all flights on Monday after the discovery nearby of another unexploded bomb dropped by Hitler's Luftwaffe. All flights in and out of London City on Monday are cancelled and an exclusion zone is in place in the immediate area. I urge any passengers due to fly today not to come to the airport and to contact their airline for further information. (2/3) — London City Airport (@LondonCityAir) February 12, 2018 As Bloomberg pointed out, LCA carries just a fraction of the traffic that moves through London Heathrow, but it’s favored by business travelers for its short boarding times, quick takeoffs and proximity to London’s financial center. About 4.5 million passengers traveled through London City Airport last year, compared to 78 million at the Heathrow hub. The ordnance was found in the River Thames early Sunday during planned development work at the airport, east of the Canary Wharf financial district. Royal Navy specialists established an exclusion zone of more than 200 meters (650 feet) to handle the situation, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. "The airport is cooperating fully with the Met Police and Royal Navy and working hard to safely remove the device and resolve the situation as quickly as possible," Robert Sinclair, London City’s chief executive officer, said in a tweet. It advised passengers due to travel Monday not to leave home and instead contact their airline for further information. More than 20,000 tons of explosives fell on the U.K. capital during the German Blitz, killing 40,000 people. At least 20 percent of the bombs dropped in a total of 85 raids are thought not to have detonated. More unexploded devices have been discovered in recent years as intensive building works on projects such as Crossrail disturb ground untouched since the conflict ended 75 years ago. During the war, the East End, where London City is located, was targeted by German bombers aiming to knock out the city's dock network. The airport itself is built between former harbor basins. Earlier, the British Airways website showed flights to and from London City canceled until late Monday. BA carries more than half of the airport’s total passengers, though the disruption Monday accounts for just 0.2 percent of the flag carrier’s monthly traffic, Goodbody Stockbrokers said in a note. Defusing WWII bombs is a fairly routine procedure across Europe, though can throw entire districts into disarray. The discovery of ordnance containing 1.4 tons of explosives in Frankfurt last year during building work forced the evacuation of 65,000 people. The previous week, 21,000 people in the city of Koblenz on the Rhine river had to leave their homes while a half-ton bomb was defused.  

09 февраля, 19:29

Let’s move to Deptford, south-east London: love it, hate it? Worry not

It will regenerate again before longWhat’s going for it? Deptford has been regenerated. It’s like what happens occasionally in Doctor Who, only with bollards and negroni bars. Like Doctor Who, regeneration comes accompanied with not a little controversy. And, like Doctor Who, this is very much not the first time. The neighbourhood seems to have been in permanent regeneration mode since Henry VIII stuck his dockyard here. Deptford’s latest shape appears to be Peckhamdalstonhackneyorsomewherelikethat. The old new Deptfords – halal butchers, mighty council estates, continental grocers, the brilliant Albany theatre, the beautiful 18th-century St Paul’s church, the splendid Laban Centre (ah, the Blair years!), two pie-and-mash shops, stained mattresses and greasy chicken shop wrappers piled on the pavement – they’re all still there, only they’ve been joined by “creative spaces” and craft gin bars. The library is called a “lounge”, dressed in gold lamé, decking and lattes, with a ball court on the roof, so you can throw a few hoops with your Proust. Love it, hate it? Worry not. It’ll regenerate again before long.The case against… Not for the faint-hearted: it’s a vigorous, noisy, traffic-clogged spot, with little green space and relief, bar a soothing walk along the sludgy Deptford Creek. Even more regeneration, in the shape of the vast Convoys Wharf development, awaits. Continue reading...

09 февраля, 07:25

Manhattan, London Housing Markets Are Suddenly Reeling

When the latest reading on the Case-Shiller 20-City Composite printed within 1% of its record highs from 2006 a little more than a week ago, we asked a question that's seemingly on every real-estate investors' mind: Is this a "top" or a "breakout"? And with the effects of the Trump tax reform plan - which is expected to hammer real-estate markets, particularly in high-tax blue - having yet to take effect, already states - one early indicator that softness might be entering one of the country's most iconic (and expensive) real estate markets was reported by Bloomberg today. To wit, the trend of landlords handing out rental concessions continued to intensify in January, as landlords are increasingly being pressured to hand out incentives like rent-free months or gift cards to entice potentially renters to sign on the dotted line. Concessions jumped to a record in January, with 49% of newly signed leases coming with some kind of incentive, according to appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. and brokerage Douglas Elliman Real Estate. That share surpasses the previous peak of 36% set just a month earlier. All of these concessions have caused the median rent to drop 3.6% from a year earlier to $3,141 - the biggest decline since October 2011 - interrupting six years of near-constant growth. "Landlords have finally realized, 'OK, we have to adjust these prices because the concessions aren’t doing as much,'" said Hal Gavzie, who oversees leasing for Douglas Elliman. "Customers are looking past the concessions being offered and just looking for the best deals they can find." Rents fell last month in almost every Manhattan neighborhood, including some of the borough’s priciest, Citi Habitats said in its own report. On the Upper West Side, the median was $3,450, down 2.8 percent from a year earlier. Rents in the West Village dropped 4.5 percent to $3,700, while on the Upper East Side, they declined 5.3 percent to $3,185, the brokerage said. "The dynamic has shifted,” with Brooklyn, Queens and the New Jersey waterfront becoming viable options to many renters," said Gary Malin, president of Citi Habitats. "Tenants are looking for value, and they’re open to suggestions." While these data strictly apply to the rental market, we pointed out last year, the commercial real-estate market is having problems of its own: In September, we noted that sales of commercial real-estate plunged 50%, bringing commercial property purchases to their lowest level since 2012. And that problem isn't isolated to NYC: Sales of commercial real estate are plunging across the US, and have been since peaking at $262 billion nationally in 2015. And of course this was before HNA announced this morning that it would be liquidating $4 billion in US commercial real estate across New York City, San Francisco and Chicago and Minneapolis. * * * But Manhattan isn't the only high-end luxury market showing signs of softness. In London, according to the Financial Times, the gap between what sellers are asking and buyers offering for high-end homes is greater than it was in either 2008 or 2009. But according to one real-estate market analyst, reality is beginning to set in for sellers. Marcus Dixon, head of research at LonRes, said buyers were becoming more confident in demanding discounts and sellers were ore likely to accept lower offers. "People are going in with relatively cheeky offers, and sellers are accepting them," said Mr Dixon. "There's a bit of realism creeping in about what properties are worth." LonRes's data cover London's most exclusive districts, including Kensington and Chelsea, as well as prime parts of the capital extending from Canary wharf in the east to Richmond in the west and Hampstead in north London. Outside the most expensive "prime central" areas, discounts to initial asking price stood at just over 9% - the highest level since 2009.   In a phenomenon that's also manifested in some of America's toniest zip codes - namely, Greenwich, Connecticut - some sellers are opting to take their homes off the market to wait for another day.   Many sellers have resisted dropping the prices of their properties, instead choosing to withdraw them from the market. Transaction volumes fell across central London in 2017, with the number of properties sold down 3.6% over the year as fewer homes were put to the market. LonRes said people were still taking their homes off the market if they could not achieve their desired price. More than half the homes leaving the market in the fourth quarter of 2017 were withdrawn rather than sold. To be sure, some sellers are still accepting lower offers - but the post-crisis boom times are over, one real estate analyst said. And, as of now, there are few signs to suggest an imminent return. "There have been some transactions - but it's not boom time," said Mr. Scarisbrick. "It's becoming obvious that you don't set foot in the London market unless you really need a London house." Foreign buyers, who are attracted by favourable exchange rates between sterling and most currencies, were an exception, he said."You can do well if you roll your sleeves up and get involved in a proper negotiation," he added. "But I can't see any catalyst for a resurrection in the market." Some sellers are opting to cut their losses. "Sellers are saying, 'if I get a buyer at a reasonable level, I'll do a deal,'" said Charles McDowell, who runs a prime London estate agency. "There are deals being done- quite big ticket deals - but this is certainly a market where buyers perceive value." If there's value to be found now - just wait another 14 months until April 2019, when the UK's departure is expected to be complete. And with cryptocurrency prices tanking after last year's bubble, the great crypto-fueled property boom has seemingly fizzled before it even began.

17 января, 13:09

Disney’s Secret Menu Items You Never Knew Existed

Disney park enthusiasts know where to get the best snacks, meals, and treats. But not everyone knows about the secret menu items. Until now.

17 января, 13:05

Restaurateur Maria Trabocchi’s secrets on how to treat Washington VIPs

Hint: It’s treating them like they’re not.

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05 декабря 2017, 20:17

Chinese property group buys former London home of Bear Stearns

Cheung Kei Group pays £270m for its second Canary Wharf tower in six months

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24 ноября 2017, 13:11

UK digital bank Revolut targets 10 million customers by 2020 - CEO

British digital bank Revolut has signed up a million customers across Europe since its launch in 2015 and is now targeting 10 million by 2020, its chief executive told Reuters. Revolut, based in the Canary Wharf London financial district at the core of the industry it aims to disrupt, is among a clutch of fintech start-ups challenging traditional banks by offering financial services customers can use entirely from their smartphones. The business is adding between 3,000 and 3,500 new users a day, up 50 percent from three months ago, its founder and boss Nikolay Storonsky told Reuters.

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29 октября 2017, 11:00

The Judas Tree review – genius marred by misogyny

Royal Opera House, LondonNot even the Royal Ballet’s finest can make the brutal subject matter of the choreographer’s final work palatableKenneth MacMillan choreographed The Judas Tree for the Royal Ballet in 1992, and it has baffled and dismayed audiences ever since. As MacMillan told Jann Parry, at the time the Observer’s dance critic: “There are things in me that are untapped and have come out in this ballet that I find frightening. This is a dark one.”Now 25 years old, the ballet has been revived as part of Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration. The curtain rises on a set designed by the Scottish artist Jock McFadyen. In the foreground, an east London building site, dereliction, and wrecked cars. In the background, the Canary Wharf tower. Several men enter. We understand them to be builders, although their muscle-mag appearance and narcissistic attitudes make them an unlikely labour force. Directed by their foreman (Thiago Soares), they carry in a young woman (Lauren Cuthbertson), whom they ritualistically awaken. She slinks ruttishly around the stage, lowering herself into crotchy pliés à la seconde, and whipping her legs suggestively skywards. Continue reading...

17 декабря 2013, 16:50

Непарадный Лондон 1973 года

Очень многие привыкли произносить слово "Лондон" с придыханием: мировой центр финансовой мощи и международных интриг,  излюбленное место миллиардеров, шик особняков и роллс-ройсов, легендарная английская стильность и всё такое прочее. Город действительно прекрасный и неповторимый, это подтвердит почти всякий, кому довелось в нём пожить или хотя бы просто побывать. Поэтому довольно странно разглядывать фотографии 1970-х, на которых неотрыточные виды  города кажутся почти такими же удручающими, как облетевшие весь Интернет жуткие кадры нью-йоркской разрухи тех же 70-х. Но всё таки содержание лондонских снимков 1970-х несколько иное: здесь мы видим в основном массовый снос старой и полностью деградировашей застройки, на смену которой приходя громады современных жилкомплексов и башни офисных высоток. Мы видим город, который умирает, чтобы возродиться уже в новом обличии. И это было только начало. Настоящий строительный бум придёт в 1980-е при Тэтчер, когда от исторической застройки Лондона не останется камня на камне. То, что не смогли сделать немецкие бомбы и ракеты, сделали неумолимвые законы капитализма.  Moorhouse Rd mage hosted on flickr  Westbourne Park 1974 image hosted on flickr  St. Stephens Crescent image hosted on flickr  St. Stephens Gardens image hosted on flickr  image hosted on flickr  Demolition Westbourne Park Rd  Wapping image hosted on flickr  Shoreditch image hosted on flickr  Wapping image hosted on flickr  Ledbury Rd image hosted on flickr  Thames from Wapping image hosted on flickr  Milwall at express Wharf image hosted on flickr  Westbourne Park image hosted on flickr  west from Milwall image hosted on flickr  Tower Hamlets i image hosted on flickr  Whitechapel Новые доминанты  в силуэте города, это только начало: image hosted on flickr  Tower Bridge 1973 image hosted on flickr  Stephen and Matilda Houses Wapping image hosted on flickr  image hosted on flickr  Whitechapel image hosted on flickr  Looking from Westbourne Park image hosted on flickr  St. John's Church and school Wapping image hosted on flickr  View towards central London from Brunel Estate image hosted on flickr  Cheshire St. Sunday Market image hosted on flickr  image hosted on flickr  All photos: JB [email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanbarker/ Источник