UK to introduce plastic bank notes in 2016

The Bank of England announced it will begin issuing plastic bank notes for the first time in 2016, starting with the new £5 featuring Sir Winston Churchill. Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the notes would “combine the best of progress and tradition,” adding that the switch was a “natural evolution”. The plastic bank […]

2014: Artists/Bands to Watch

With the recent announcement of the Grammy nominees, the music industry will crown the best of the best after a solid 2013 full of great albums. Despite the importance of popular artists and their role as shapers of the industry, relatively unknown acts have gained momentum in 2013 and will definitely gain well deserved attention […]

What is Sealand?

During World War II, England set up a number of sea forts in the waters surrounding their island as an extra defense against German attackers. After the war, of course, the forts were abandoned as they were no longer needed. One fort in particular, however, lives on in a rather strange, and little-known manner. In […]

Badger Culls Attempt to Halt the Spread of Bovine Tuberculosis

A few weeks ago, two pilot tests were conducted in England to determine whether badger culls would be effective in curbing the rapid spread of bovine tuberculosis among cows and other farm animals. The culls will be carried out over a six-week period, during which sharpshooters will kill 70 percent of the badger populations in […]

Live from London: Bonding with the locals

One of the best parts of London is that there is no language barrier, which should make it easier to meet locals. However, the British social culture is also more “closed” than the American social culture. In other words, strangers in London don’t normally strike up random conversations with each other, much less with Americans. […]

Twitter fuels the Olympics

Four years ago if someone told me that Twitter would play an integral role in the 2012 Beijing Olympics, I wouldn’t have believed you. It wasn’t until about two years ago I began using Twitter. Now it makes perfect sense to me as to how twitter is such a large role in the games this […]

Pippen, Deng, Outkast’s Big Boi highlight Nike World Basketball Festival

LONDON, ENGLAND— To say basketball “isn’t a big deal” in London is an understatement. A few weeks ago, my friend and I went on a mission to find a court to play on. The nearest one was indoors, but charged a hefty $67 fee per hour. The nearest free one? —A 30-minute Tube ride away. […]

New Research May Have Solved the Stonehenge Mystery

Researcher’s think they may have finally unearthed the truth behind Stonehenge, and it has nothing to do with extra-terrestrials. After 10 years of archaeological investigations surrounding the history of England’s most important prehistoric structure, researcher’s now theorize that Stonehenge was built as a monument to unify the people of Britain.  Archaeological teams from surrounding universities […]

England celebrates 60 years of reign

LONDON, ENGLAND — Imagining an American president in office for a span of 60 years seems unfathomable. However, when it happens in the Great Britain monarchical system, it’s a cause for great celebration. This year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year on the throne, and the people of England are definitely celebrating. The feat of […]

To Fly Solo or Join the Flock

Traveling to a new, unfamiliar place can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking. Many travelers rely on travel agencies to help plan their vacation for them and ensure a safe trip, while others choose adventure and spontaneity. Group travel brings together a diverse crowd of individuals that will get the opportunity to experience a […]