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....Canadian company Tim Hortons is to open its first UK coffee shop in May, entering the crowded but still growing British market for food and drink on the go. Promising to bring its “signature coffee, delicious food and Canadian charm” to the UK, the chain’s first UK coffee shop – also its first foray in Europe – will be on Argyle Street in central Glasgow, with further outlets planned in other city centre locations around the country. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Always fresh? Canada's Tim Hortons coffee chain steams into UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 04:33:00 PM
....Canadian company Tim Hortons is to open its first UK coffee shop in May, entering the crowded but still growing British market for food and drink on the go. Promising to bring its “signature coffee, delicious food and Canadian charm” to the UK, the chain’s first UK coffee shop – also its first foray in Europe – will be on Argyle Street in central Glasgow, with further outlets planned in other city centre locations around the country. ...
With a whiff of sulphur, George Osborne was gone – but for how long? | Polly Toynbee image
.... That’s an image people understand all too well, though he knew it to be nonsense on stilts when applied to the national economy. In an echo chamber, he hammered in the message: you know Labour always borrows and spends recklessly; you know we could never afford all that extra funding for the NHS and education, all those 3,500 children’s centres, all those splendidly revived proud city centres. ...
Hove's BN3 postcode the most sought-after for 'young urbanites' image
....3m. "Aspiring young professionals are typically well qualified, in well-paid jobs and tend to live in areas not far from the city centre where they work," said Lloyds Bank mortgage products director Andrew Mason. ...
Hove tops property hotspot rankings among young professionals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 07:01:16 AM
....Other regional hotspots for young professionals include Jesmond in Newcastle, Broomhill and Fulwood in Sheffield, West Bridgford in Nottingham, and the CF24 Cardiff Central postcode in Cardiff. Lloyds Bank mortgage products director Andrew Mason said: “Aspiring young professionals are typically well qualified, in well-paid jobs and tend to live in areas not far from the city centre where they work. ...
Lloyds to shrink hundreds of UK branches to two staff image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 06:29:14 PM
....The new “micro branches” will not have counters, with customers paying in cash and cheques through self-service machines and talking to mortgage advisers through video links. Alongside the micro branches it will open 20 larger banks in city centres, offering a wider ranger of services, and introduce 20 new mobile branches operating out of vans. ...
Location, location, location – where will Channel 4 move to? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 02:59:28 PM
....Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, ruled out privatising the broadcaster last week after a protracted review of its future, but launched a 12-week consultation on whether to move C4 out of London to “serve the country” and spread creative jobs throughout the UK. Birmingham, the frontrunner, has been quickest out of the blocks, having put plans in place to offer two prime HQ locations, including a site near the city centre’s proposed high-speed rail station. ...
Brexit budget: what leave and remain voters in Hull and London want image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 6th of March 2017 08:23:59 AM
....Last summer, 60% of people voted to leave the EU in the East Riding of Yorkshire – where Brexit secretary David Davis has been MP for Haltemprice and Howden (and its predecessor Boothferry) since 1987. According to the Electoral Reform Society, the constituency – made up of more affluent areas to the west of Hull city centre and pretty surrounding towns and villages – is a “super-safe” Tory seat, having been represented by the party since 1837. ...
Will the  diesel car you are driving today be worthless in five years’ time? image
. Is this the nightmare future for owners of today’s diesel cars? It’s 2020 and you are already taxed out of driving into the city centre. ...
'The pips are squeaking!' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of February 2017 09:44:16 PM
.... It's an arrangement he prefers. "When I was researching potential sites for my business, the cheapest high street units I could find in the city centre started at more than seven times my current annual rent," he says. ...
‘From bad to worse’: Greece hurtles towards a final reckoning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 12:05:16 AM
.... Disappointment has increasingly given way to the death of hope – a sentiment reinforced by the realisation that Cyprus and other bailed-out countries, by contrast, are no longer under international supervision. In his city centre office, the former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos pondered where Greece’s predicament was now. ...
Giggs and Neville skyscrapers 'threaten Manchester's heritage' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 09:00:37 AM
. A plan by former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville to build two bronze skyscrapers in Manchester city centre is a “planning disaster of a magnitude not seen in decades,” heritage bodies have warned as they urged ministers to intervene. ...
Councils to be told to build thousands more new homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:22 AM
....The housing minister, Gavin Barwell, also promised over the weekend that the white paper would include incentives for older people to sell big family homes and plans for more sheltered housing schemes. Building more homes, close to city centres and transport hubs, is the only way to halt the decline in affordability, Javid will say. ...
Supermarkets ration lettuces after poor weather hits growers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 06:59:03 PM
....British shoppers have already been warned that shortages of courgettes, aubergines, salad and celery will continue until the spring – and they can expect to pay substantially higher prices for the stock that is available. Tesco said the signage had been sent to all its stores but was likely to be most necessary in larger outlets in city centres and towns, where sandwich shops and restaurants were likely to try to buy large numbers of lettuces due to shortages in wholesale supplies. ...
Brum rush: Birmingham becomes tourist hotspot image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 07:05:07 AM
....It has been written off in the past as London’s ugly sister, but hotels in Birmingham are reporting record bookings thanks to the city’s A-list shopping scene, Michelin-starred restaurants and eclectic social calendar. Twenty years ago people might have listed the reasons not to go to the second city, starting with the city centre where pedestrians were faced with a concrete jungle crowned by the brutalist architecture of the old Bull Ring shopping centre. ...
Britain’s housing crisis could be solved – if only the government wanted to | Jonn Elledge image
.... Around London, it would prioritise areas next to railway lines, such as that baffling open space surrounding much of the eastern end of the Central line. In smaller cities such as Oxford, it would designate new urban extensions, linked to the city centre by new tram lines. ...
UK postcodes with highest burglary rates revealed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 07:01:40 AM
....But it added: “We do find plenty of very rural postcodes, where the true burglary rate is likely to be very low. ” Some city centre locations also reported zero claims, but this is likely a result of the postcodes being dominated by commercial office buildings rather than residential households. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:21:21 AM
.... . Property-sharing giant Airbnb has recently come under fire from city authorities - in Amsterdam, for instance - over concerns that it increases city centre congestion and enables guests to avoid paying hotel tax. ...
Shopper's champion goes on the offensive over UK retail's sexist surcharge image
.... As a junior manager responsible for outpatient services in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury, Sherriff found out how chains would sell their products at a premium in hospitals. For example, people were paying 89p more for a bottle of water in a WH Smith shop in a Wakefield hospital than they would in Leeds city centre. ...
UK 4G coverage worse than in Romania and Peru, watchdog finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:01:10 AM
....Britain’s 4G mobile phone coverage is worse than that in Albania, Panama, Peru and Romania, with users able to connect barely half the time, a government infrastructure watchdog has found. In a major new report, the National Infrastructure Commission said the UK is being held back by poor mobile phone connectivity, as it called for an end to “digital deserts” in places that should have adequate signals such as rail routes, roads and city centres. ...
Motor city image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 03:26:00 AM
...."We are looking at how the cars communicate with the pods. For example, you could be travelling along in your Land Rover towards the city centre," marketing director Miles Garner said. ...
Councils make extra £60m from parking charges and fines image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 05:31:28 AM
....Nottingham City Council said its surplus came from the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL). The scheme - introduced in 2012 - charges businesses based in the city centre a fee for having more than 10 parking spaces. ...
George Osborne defends earning £320,000 on speaking tour image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 04:47:13 PM
....2% to stay. But he said that people in the smaller, industrial towns and city outskirts may have felt left out as the city centres boomed. ...
Ikea considers bamboo and new materials to keep prices low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:01:33 AM
....Drakeford said the company is “extremely proud” of the performance and has not changed its investment or expansion plans in the UK since the EU referendum and the drop in the value of sterling. Ikea has opened four small order-and-collection shops in the last year, including a site in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre in east London and in Norwich city centre. ...
Let’s move to St Albans: its beer festival is a sight to behold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 04:30:07 PM
.... Dense, but green and verdant. The city centre is a historical delight, high on a hill and folded into Verulamium park, bursting with Roman remains and ancient trees. ...
Tesco store in Edinburgh accused of discriminating against state school pupils image
....A Tesco store in Edinburgh has been accused of discriminating against state school children by making them queue outside while private school pupils are allowed to come and go as they please. It has been claimed that students from Boroughmuir high school, near the city centre, were made to stand behind a barrier by Tesco staff and only allowed to enter their local store in small groups. ...
Obama defends globalisation on Germany visit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 09:41:43 PM
....Mr Obama's visit to Greece was marked by street protests by leftist groups which denounced US "imperialism". Police used tear gas against about 2,500 demonstrators who had tried to reach the city centre on Tuesday. ...
Redfern housing report 'has downplayed true reasons for homes crisis' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 06:56:15 PM
....Asked whether housebuilders had a duty to solve the housing crisis, Redfern said they had a “reasonable duty not to be part of the problem” and that property developers had an interest in growing home ownership because it boosted sales. But he warned against simply building more homes for first-time buyers, saying it was important to keep a “broad base” of supply, pointing to the collapse in the price of city centre apartments during the financial crisis after a rush of development before 2008. ...
Delayed HS2 second-phase route unveiled image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 07:48:04 AM
....”. Grayling said the government had been clear about its preferred option for a branch to Sheffield city centre but its decision still needed to go through the proper consultation process. ...
HS2: North West and Yorkshire routes confirmed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 12:06:42 AM
.... . The government's preferred option is for the main HS2 route to run east of Sheffield, with a separate spur to take passengers to Sheffield city centre. ...
Move over, Manchester – Midlands motor Birmingham is setting the pace image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 06:01:24 AM
....HSBC and HMRC are moving into new buildings in central Birmingham, whose Victorian grandeur gave way to grim postwar office blocks during the 70s and 80s. HSBC will occupy a building at the Arena Central development in the convention quarter overlooking Broad Street, where city centre living took off in the late 90s. ...
Sheffield Meadowhall submits plans for £300m 'Leisure Hall' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 7th of November 2016 03:18:19 PM
....". In Sheffield city centre, the current demolition of the Grosvenor House Hotel is under way. ...
Alton Towers starts to see recovery in trade image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 06:38:29 AM
....However, he added that its Midways Attractions group, which includes its Madame Tussauds and Sea Life chains, continued to see challenges, with London in particular suppressing overall trade. "Many of our city centre attractions have experienced volatile trading patterns as a result of wider security concerns that have affected both domestic and international visitation," Mr Varney said. ...
Supercar maker McLaren denies Apple investment report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 08:56:39 PM
.... During Formula 1 races, McLaren uses computers to model pretty much any scenario that might occur, so that the team can adapt its strategy on a continuous basis. This kind of modelling can be used in other scenarios too - for example to predict how traffic will flow through a typical city centre, and how problems in one area might have knock-on effects miles away. ...
Housing costs 'dividing young and old' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 18th of September 2016 02:19:30 AM
....It called for:. Angus Hanton, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation, said: "We are drifting towards a two-tier society where the young are ghettoised, paying high rents in city centres to older landlords living it up in rural and suburban bliss. ...
HS2 'needs realistic timetable' say MPs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of September 2016 11:52:04 PM
....It noted that £9bn of potential savings had been identified, but said it was unclear whether these could be made without "adversely affecting the expected benefits of the programme". HS2's recent recommendation of a new route through South Yorkshire, scrapping a proposed station in Meadowhall in favour of a stop in Sheffield city centre, was cited by the committee as an example of the "significant uncertainty that remains about plans for phase 2". ...
HS2 jitters image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of September 2016 03:10:25 PM
....Controversial plans to build a station just outside the city were unceremoniously ditched recently after months of lobbying by the council. It wanted a city centre station instead, saying it was better for the local economy. ...
Standing firm image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of September 2016 11:51:19 PM
...."Our dream is to have a society that is much more resilient to this, and we're much better prepared and we suffer much less," explains Geoff Rodgers, from the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Canterbury. We're in the new structural engineering laboratory on the campus a short drive from the city centre. ...

Senior German ministers call for ban on wearing the burqa 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 02:39:09 PM
....The document, already known as the Berlin Declaration, has already been signed by state interior ministers across Germany. It includes 27 measures to increase security, including thousands of new police officers and video camera surveillance in city centres. ...

Three dead including elderly woman as wildfire hits island of Madeira 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 08:02:41 AM
....The Madeira regional government has told public employees not to attend work in Funchal today unless they are considered essential in the firefighting and relief efforts. The aim is to avoid a large influx of people in the city centre. ...
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Wharf fare image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 11:29:26 PM
....On the corner, a small supermarket offers convenience meals and takeaway sandwiches. And like the rest of Bristol's post-industrial city centre docks, it has been decades since Wapping Wharf saw any serious cargo unload. ...

Vicar leaving church service is car-jacked by teenagers
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 01:43:35 PM
....The Reverend Irene Wilson was forced from her car by two boys before they drove off in it taking her handbag and a "significant amount" of cash. The grandmother of four then ran back into Holy Trinity in Hull city centre screaming for help from the stunned congregation. ...
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Bloody Sunday bishop Edward Daly, who raised a blood-soaked white handkerchief seeking ceasefire, dies aged 82
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....At the time, Dr Daly was a curate aged 39 at St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry.  He joined the march as it passed the cathedral en route to the city centre. ...

Camper dies as tree hits tent as he slept near Edinburgh Fringe
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 01:59:02 PM
. A camper has died after a large tree fell on his tent as he slept in Edinburgh city centre. ...
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Woman kicks and tramples poppy wreaths at war memorial
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 11:14:43 AM
....”. Councillor Pat Karney, city centre spokesman for Manchester City Council, told the BBC: "The protection of our cenotaph is of the utmost importance to Manchester and the message is plain - if you vandalise this monument to those who gave their lives for this country, we will catch you in the act and work with the police to make sure that you are punished. ...
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Rouen bar fire leaves at least 13 dead in northern France
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 03:32:15 AM
...."There wasn't an explosion, it was candles used for a birthday party," he said. The blaze started at around midnight at the Cuba Libre bar in the city centre, and the firemen were at the scene by 00:20am local time. ...

Black Lives Matter protests around the country: motorway route into Heathrow Airport blocked by activists lying on road
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.... Police are in the process of safely releasing these protesters who have 'locked on' to each other. Pictures in from Nottingham, where activists shut down part of the city centre tram and bus network to protest for social justice movement Black Lives Matter:. ...

Rio 2016: Dame Judi Dench to take part in opening ceremony
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:52:18 PM
....The team includes a Syrian teenager, Yusra Mardini, who heroically got into the water and, with her sister and two others, pushed their stricken dinghy for three hours after its motor stopped in the Aegean Sea, getting themselves and 14 others in the boat to safety. Rio 2016 is to break with tradition by positioning the Olympic flame in the city centre rather than in the athletics stadium, it has emerged. ...
Slough has most foreign-owned properties outside London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 04:58:31 PM
....But inside the capital, the concentration of foreign ownership is much higher. In the EC postcodes, which cover the City of London plus parts of Islington, Camden and Tower Hamlets, one in 25 properties are owned by offshore companies, followed closely by the W postcodes, which stretch from the city centre to Mayfair, Kensington and the western suburbs towards Heathrow. ...
Violent outbursts at Doncaster HS2 meeting image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:32:28 AM
....Residents were furious they could not get in and a second meeting was held later to accommodate them. On 7 July, HS2 announced it would scrap the proposed station at Meadowhall in favour of a stop in Sheffield city centre. ...
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Migrant who entered UK illegally raped woman on her morning commute after being allowed to stay
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....Swansea Crown Court heard the migrant knocked her over from behind as the pair struggled on the ground. But Mahmud overpowered his victim and raped her twice as lay pinned down to the pavement in Swansea city centre. ...
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Pokemon Go: Player claims to have caught all UK characters image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 28th of July 2016 11:10:12 AM
....A Brooklyn-based collector, Nick Johnson, was reported as completing the set in the US. Mr Clark, a phone repair engineer and lifelong gaming enthusiast, said he had spent hours walking around Southampton's city centre parks to try to track down the creatures. ...

Ansbach explosion: Syrian refugee bomber was due to be deported, as country faces calls to review refugee policy
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.... . "An explosion went off in the city centre and a man, who the latest enquiries show caused it, was killed in the event," Ansbach police said in a statement. ...

British shopping centres on high security alert in wake of lone-wolf Munich attack
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....British shopping centres have repeatedly been targeted in the past. The IRA bombed city centres in Manchester, London and Warrington during their mainland campaigns. ...

Islamic State bomb attack on Afghan Hazara protest in Kabul kills at least 61
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....Emergency vehicles were at the site and wounded were being carried away. Much of the city centre had been sealed off with stacks of shipping containers and other obstacles as the march began earlier on Saturday, and security was tight with helicopters patrolling overhead. ...

Munich attack: Cry of 'I am German' as families fled in terror 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of July 2016 10:43:43 PM
.... The metro and bus network were closed, too. Reports suggested taxi drivers were bring told by police to avoid the city centre and not to pick up any passengers. ...

Munich shooting: How Friday's deadly attacked unfolded
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of July 2016 09:00:00 PM
....They stated he "probably" acted alone, calming earlier fears there were three gunmen. The all-clear was given for Munich city centre and public transport restarted shorted after 1am local time (midnight UK). ...

Munich shooting: Gunman targeted children outside McDonald's restaurant in shopping centre rampage as terrorism strikes Germany 
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....They stated he "probably" acted alone, calming earlier fears there were three gunmen. The all-clear was given for Munich city centre and public transport restarted shorted after 1am local time (midnight UK). ...

Drunken man performs running kick on Battle of the Somme memorial wreath
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 12:59:19 PM
....It is understood he was drunk at the time. Manchester City Council city centre spokesman, Pat Karney, said it appeared to be a 'moment of madness'. ...
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Bastille Day lorry 'should never have been allowed into city centre'
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of July 2016 09:02:29 AM
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Cardiff bus fire: Extraordinary pictures as bus goes up in flames in city centre
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Street fundraisers threatened with anti-social behaviour orders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of June 2016 07:00:03 AM
.... Newport, in Wales, became the first council to do so, when it introduced a PSPO last November prohibiting anyone “approaching members of the public in a persistent manner with a view to persuading them to subscribe to a service or make charitable donations”. A spokeswoman for the council emphasised that it did not amount to a total ban on street fundraising, pointing to the focus on fundraisers acting in a “persistent manner”, and added that the order had resulted in “reduced presence in the city centre and a reduction in complaints”. ...
Saudi Arabia's Uber venture: a case of if you can't beat 'em, join 'em image
.... Without the cost of drivers’ wages, the price of renting a taxi would plummet. Meanwhile, routing algorithms ensure there’s always a car nearby when you need one, and limit the problems of traffic delaying rides in a busy city centre. ...
Miracle in Athens as Greek tourism numbers keep growing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of May 2016 03:00:07 PM
....It’s been a busy winter in downtown Athens, where scaffolding, tarpaulins and dust have been symbols of hope: a mini construction boom heralding a tourist renaissance. Nine hotels are being built or restored around the city centre. ...
JD Wetherspoon launches price war with 99p tea and coffee image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of May 2016 12:38:34 PM
....”. Most Wetherspoons pubs open at 8am and many are located in towns and city centres, enabling them to serve customers on their way to work and throughout the day. ...
The great leap upward: China's Pearl River Delta, then and now image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 10:42:14 AM
....The port of Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, and the biggest in the Pearl River Delta. The first image shows Guangzhou city centre in 1949, with the spires of its Sacred Heart cathedral prominent above surrounding rooftops. ...
The great leap upward: China's Pearl River Delta, then and now image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 10:42:14 AM
....The port of Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, and the biggest in the Pearl River Delta. The first image shows Guangzhou city centre in 1949, with the spires of its Sacred Heart cathedral prominent above surrounding rooftops. ...
'Everyone’s outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival image
....Now the man who was swept to power on a platform to eradicate austerity has passed the toughest reforms to date – overhauling the pension system, raising taxes and increasing social security fund contributions as the price of emergency bailout aid. As MPs voted inside the red-carpeted 300-seat chamber on Sunday, police who had blocked off a large part of the city centre deployed teargas and water cannon against the thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators amassed outside. ...
'Everyone’s outraged': angry Greeks foresee Grexit and drachma's revival image
....Now the man who was swept to power on a platform to eradicate austerity has passed the toughest reforms to date – overhauling the pension system, raising taxes and increasing social security fund contributions as the price of emergency bailout aid. As MPs voted inside the red-carpeted 300-seat chamber on Sunday, police who had blocked off a large part of the city centre deployed teargas and water cannon against the thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators amassed outside. ...
English businesses 'should be forced to show hygiene scores' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of May 2016 11:01:08 PM
.... Both shops were found to have large mouse infestations when Croydon council food and safety officers visited. Liverpool city council health inspectors found a mice infestation at a city centre branch of Costa Coffee, which was fined £13,200 in court in March. ...
I haggled over a desirable maisonette and won … but it's a hollow victory image
....They say you have a feeling or you just know when you have found the place you want to call home. Stepping into a one-bed maisonette a few miles from Southampton’s city centre, in one of its more desirable suburbs, I came the closest yet to that sensation. ...
House prices on London Marathon route more than triple in 15 years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of April 2016 02:12:03 PM
....Some families who have lived in the area for decades have made small fortunes, but others are seeing their offspring forced to move out to find an affordable home. Property experts attribute the surge to the introduction of the Jubilee line extension in 1999 which connected the post-industrial east with the city centre; the rapid expansion of the Canary Wharf business district in the last decade; and the affordability crisis. ...
Blairs add Manchester flats to property empire before stamp duty deadline image
....Cherie Blair and her eldest son, Euan, appear to have added recently to the family’s property empire, with files for their company showing they took out a mortgage on four flats in the north-west shortly before a new tax for landlords and second homebuyers came into force. Records for Oldbury Residential show that it registered a charge with Companies House, related to four properties in the Whalley Range area of Manchester, a suburb a couple of miles from the city centre popular with young professionals. ...
Rail chaos across country after damage to wires near Birmingham image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of April 2016 10:08:40 AM
.... CrossCountry services between Birmingham New Street and Reading are being diverted via Tyseley, south Birmingham. Roads are being used to transfer airport passengers between Birmingham International and the city centre. ...
Obama appeals for economic revolution in Cuba with call to embrace free market image
....Outside Obama’s speech however, the US visit is, as far as the Cuban public is concerned, a virtually private affair, witnessed by the world’s media and the Cuban elite but not ordinary citizens of the capital. Because there is no internet in the city outside the luxury hotels and special “Wi-Fi parks”, few in Havana seem to know much of Obama’s schedule this morning other than that their city centre is in complete lockdown. ...

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