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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Europe, Guest Posts, United Kingdom |

How To Spend 24 Hours in Kensington, London

Are you making a flying visit to London? Why not soak up the culture in Kensington, one of the most exciting districts in London. Kensington is one of London’s most affluent districts, but this doesn’t mean you have to be a millionaire to visit. Situated in the glamorous West End, this cultural district has something to offer everyone. Not only that, but it is one of the most beautiful areas in the capital. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Kensington’s leafy streets… Kensington by Day Morning… There are several museums in Kensington that are the perfect place to visit in the morning, whilst you’re waiting for the British weather to (hopefully) brighten up. And each covers a slightly different sector, so you can choose the one that takes your fancy. I personally went for the Royal Victoria and Albert Museum which I would recommend to any of you who have an interest in history and love looking at glamorous remnants from the Victorian era. Plus, it’s free – that’s incentive enough. Although, it’s worth mentioning that the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are also situated near Kensington. So really, you could do all three if you wanted to; but this may be a little bit too much history for one morning though. I just stuck with the one. Afternoon… Splash Out on Some Michelin-Star Dining Of course, not all tourists will be able to indulge in such an experience, but what better place is there to have a spot of lunch than a Michelin-Star restaurant? I certainly didn’t regret it – this place definitely leaves you wanting more! Still, it’s not as pricey as you would think. If you head on over to Launceston Place, you can opt for their set lunch-time menu which comes to £25 for three courses. Not bad at all ‘eh? Watch out though, they do add a 12.5% service charge to your bill.   Kensington Gardens Kensington Gardens is a royal park which covers 100 hectares of land, so it’s a great way to work off your lunch! And with a...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in United Kingdom |

Two leading UK economists engage in debate about economic consequences of immigration

A new debate about immigration started between the two of leading economists in UK. They are Jeremy Warner, who writes for the right-wing Daily Telegraph and Jonathan Portes, the director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research who writes frequently for the left of centre Guardian. On 2 September warned published and article in Telegraph named “Mass immigration has made Britain a less competitive economy” where he argued that increased labour supply from abroad is driving local wages down. According to him this leads to decrease in efficiency, because employers who rely on cheap labor do not invest in improving the efficacy and effectiveness of their business, which is the reason why the productivity in UK has not increase since 2006. His suggestion is that reduction of the low skilled immigration will encourage growth in productivity. Jonathan Portes criticized Mr Warner’s thesis on the National Institute of Economic and Social Research website. He said that the ‘normally sensible’ Warner had written a ‘remarkably evidence free article in the Telegraph’. According to him the views of Warner are not substantiated with any evidence. Productivity in Britain has been stagnant since 2005. He agreed that the productivity in Britain has been bad since the crisis of 2008, but said that the reasons for this are complex and much debate is needed in order to identify what they might be. The view of Portes is that immigration not only does not lead to reduction in labor productivity but actually might increase it as the highly-skilled immigrants teach their skill to the local workforce. Visa First is a leading international Immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your United Kingdom visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on May 29, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, United Kingdom |

Greatest Cultural Differences Between the UK and Australia

There has always been a history of cultural differences between Australia and the UK and many of the stereotypical observations are light-hearted and humorous, such as how good or bad our national cricket team is, depending on which side of the world you originate from. There is also a long history of people migrating in both directions to seek a new life, so what really are the greatest cultural differences that people will encounter when they venture onto foreign soil on the other side of the world? Individualism There are many ways of measuring how Australian cultural attitudes vary in comparison to the UK and one of them is to look at how independent thinking and individual the nations citizens are compared to other countries. The UK and Australia are considered quite similar when it comes to having an individualistic culture which roughly translates into a high self-image and a loose-knit society when people generally look after themselves and their immediate families. If you are seeking work in Australia, you can often achieve promotion based on merit of what you can do rather than relying on qualifications. Masculinity and Femininity This is an area where a lot of stereotypes can be found but despite the heavily biased beer advertising that you see in the UK relating to Australia, the general consensus is that Australian men are indeed highly masculine with good work values and Australian women do like to exhibit feminine attributes. Overall Australia could fairly be called a more masculine society and environment than you would generally find in the UK. Free-Spirited If you are one of the many campers who travel Australia then you will almost certainly agree with the observation that many Australian citizens are free-spirited and love the great outdoors, displaying a sometimes high-risk or adventurous profile. This is certainly a cultural difference that perhaps some Australians who come to the UK for work, are most surprised to witness when they encounter a generally more reserved outlook developed from a hierarchical history embedded in the DNA of past and present citizens of the British Isles....

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