Much of London is invisible to its inhabitants. We are largely unaware, for example, of the 250 miles of railway track running underground and the hundreds of other lives being lived in the buildings that surround our own. Despite having lived on the same road in Kentish Town for 20 years, I have never seen the inside of a neighbour’s house. I am continually reminded of those things I can’t see: a plaque round the corner tells me that the River Fleet flows beneath me, and there are always photographs tied to lamp posts telling me to look out for pets who have disappeared, as my cat did, into the maelstrom of back yards. People also disappear in London, which is one reason why they come here. I’m only aware of how much I want to vanish into the sea of faces when I leave the city and find myself uncomfortably visible again. But the most strikingly invisible part of London is the air we breathe. Since the Clean Air Act 1956 we no longer have the peasoupers like the one … [Read more...] about How London became the tuberculosis capital of Europe
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0 Have your say With three universities and a plethora of tech start-ups, Edinburgh was found to be the UK’s fastest-growing tech hub in 2017 by the respected Stack Overflow report, which tracks the movements of developers and their employers. The city’s total developer population now stands at 20,000 – which is the equivalent of seven developers per 100 people in the local labour force. During the second half of 2017, the number of data scientists in the Capital grew by an impressive 19 per cent.More good news for the sector came in June with the announcement that Scotland’s first artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain accelerator was to be launched in Edinburgh, in a move expected to create almost 400 jobs.That announcement came ahead of the finalisation of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal, which aims to establish the region as the data capital of Europe. With the University of Edinburgh … [Read more...] about Can Edinburgh become data capital of Europe?
The UK has established itself as Europe's tech powerhouse, playing home to 37 per cent of Europe’s unicorn-status tech firms and topping the list of global destinations for tech talent. With London Tech Week kicking off today, new figures show the UK claims 13 of Europe’s 34 unicorns - referring to companies with a $1bn valuation - including Deliveroo, Benevolent AI and Oaknorth Bank. As a result, the UK’s unicorns now represent $23bn (£17.1m) out of a combined value of $62bn for all 34 companies, making it the continent’s premier location for fast-growing technology firms. Over a third of all European firms that have gone on to become billion pound businesses since 1990 are from the UK, several of which have listed. Public companies like Zoopla, Purplebricks and Just Eat represent some of the UK’s 25 exits at $1bn or higher since 2010, research from Dealroom and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) finds. Read more: Robot delivery firm … [Read more...] about The UK has been crowned the tech unicorn capital of Europe, home to over a third of the continent’s billion dollar startups
On the evening of 9 June 2017, as bewildered Conservatives struggled to comprehend the loss of their majority in the general election, Kensington turned red. Labour’s victory in the final parliamentary seat to declare was slight – 20 votes – but historic. Since its creation in 1974, the UK’s wealthiest constituency had been the sole property of the Conservative Party. As word of Labour’s victory spread, cheers reverberated around London; WhatsApp messages between party staffers and journalists carried a single word – “Kensington!” – an expression of celebration and incredulity. Kensington: the seat’s very name was synonymous with Conservative supremacy: Alan Clark, Michael Portillo, Malcolm Rifkind. On election night, as the first cracks appeared in this edifice, Rachel Johnson, the sister of former London mayor Boris Johnson, trembled like a French aristocrat confronted by insurgent Jacobins. It gave her … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightThe collapse of Europe’s mainstream centre leftCorbyn’s capital: the story of how London became a Labour city
The man who had chaired the committee that chose Valletta as European Capital for Culture in 2018, Ulrich Fuchs, told The Malta Independent yesterday that he will “certainly not attend any event held by the Valletta 2018 as long as people representing the project destroy European values.” This newspaper contacted Ulrich Fuchs, the chairman of the V18 selection and monitoring committee, after The Malta Independent on Sunday revealed that a group of prominent Maltese artists are currently circulating a petition letter to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat asking him to remove Valletta 2018 Chairman Jason Micallef. This petition letter, which will also be addressed to the Minister for Culture Owen Bonnici and Parliamentary Secretary for Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista, states that local artists are unhappy with Micallef’s behaviour and comments on the murder of assassinated journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and his frequent comments attacking artists who try to criticise … [Read more...] about Chairman of committee that selected Valletta as European Capital of Culture boycotting V18