Are China’s megacities an insurance challenge or opportunity?
Oct20

Are China’s megacities an insurance challenge or opportunity?

By 2025, China is expected to house over 1 million inhabitants in 221 cities – news which will bring the urban population up to 1 billion and pose both an insurance opportunity and a challenge. Natural risks One of China’s major challenges is their vulnerability to natural threats; especially as two of China’s megacities (Beijing and Tianjin) are defenseless against earthquakes. In fact, since 1965, some of the world’s most expensive...

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Are Brits as polite as they think they are?
Oct01

Are Brits as polite as they think they are?

When travelling abroad, I’m often shocked by the sheer rudeness of people who find it perfectly acceptable to skip queues, stare and burp loudly in restaurants! Although I’ve always found my fellow Brits to be a polite and well-mannered bunch, I can’t help but wonder whether our perception of politeness or fairness is somehow skewed. Just recently the Fairtrade Foundation posed the question: “How Fair are...

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Dan Aykroyd: Catholic Seminarian Turned Actor
Sep10

Dan Aykroyd: Catholic Seminarian Turned Actor

Legendary comedic actor and screenwriter Dan Aykroyd was born on July 1, 1952 in Ottawa. His French Canadian mother, Lorraine Gougon Aykroyd, worked as a secretary, and his father, Peter Aykroyd, was a civil engineer who worked as a policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He has a younger brother named Peter. Aykroyd grew up in the Catholic Church in Ottawa, and until the age of seventeen, he was interested in...

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Human Barbie Blames Interracial Couples for the Increase in Surgery
Jun05

Human Barbie Blames Interracial Couples for the Increase in Surgery

Followers of the cosmetic surgery industry will have noticed an increase in surgical procedures over recent years, however, most professionals and general members of the public wouldn’t put the ‘blame’ of this increase on interracial couples. Nonetheless, the ‘human Barbie’, Valeria Lukyanova has done just that, according to a recent article by The Daily Mail Online. In case you are unfamiliar with...

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Garage Conversion: An Alternative to Buying a New Home
May31

Garage Conversion: An Alternative to Buying a New Home

Many of us are looking to extend our living space in ways that are quick, simple and inexpensive. One of the cheapest and easiest ways of creating a new room in the house is by carrying out a garage conversion. It’s a surprisingly simple job to transform an unused garage into a much-needed extra room; whether it is to be used as an office, studio, guest bedroom or kids’ playroom. 1940s and ’50s-era houses often have...

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Man Utd Shares Rise Following David Moyes Sacking
Apr22

Man Utd Shares Rise Following David Moyes Sacking

The manager is fired after 10 months in charge, as Manchester United shares rise 7% in New York during the first hours of trading. David Moyes has been sacked as Manchester United manager, with Ryan Giggs taking over until the end of the season. A statement on the club’s website said: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club. “The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard...

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