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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, after the $700m revamp

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Twenty years ago, a Dom Kultury (House of Culture), was found in almost every small town in Russia, where at least once a week there would be the teaching of ballet. Three Czars marked their coronations at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and after the communist revolution of 1917 Lenin claimed the emergence of the Soviet union from the stage. Once […]

Your Pocket Guide Book to State Pensions

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State Pensions are paid by the British government to citizens who have reached the pensions age of 65, and have previously been paid or credited with subscriptions to National Insurance. Your subscriptions to National Insurance entitles you to claim welfare benefits, like the State Pension. Although you do not continue to pay for the Insurance when on the pensions dole, if you are: aged […]

David Cameron’s EU Speech

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Prime Minister David Cameron today promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s position in the EU, if he is re-elected in the 2015 general elections. His much-awaited speech on Europe started off by paying homage to veterans of World War II and the Elysée Treaty, with addressing the agenda behind the EU, being one of the poignant moments. Although established initially to prevent […]

Extreme Weather Insurance for Farmers

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Heavy rainfall in 2012 cost farmers in Britain £1.3bn due to a lack of government delegated national food security measures such as insurance against extreme weather. According to figures released by the National Farmers Union (NFU), extreme rainfall resulted in a loss of £600m from poor wheat and potato harvests, and a further £700m of costs inclusive of feed for cattle unable […]

The Impact of the Fiscal Cliff

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The White House and Congress leaders have reached an agreement which could prevent the worse effects of the “fiscal cliff”, with the present tax rates continuing for those with earnings less than $400,000, the automatic spending cuts being postponed for two months as federal spendings are accommodated through an increase in revenues and spending cuts and capital gains and dividend tax rates increase to 20 per […]

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