Cronut Mania Spreads To London

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Who is the first person he kisses? Thats right, Cho Chang – who is a Chinese overseas student at Hogwarts school. Meanwhile, Mr Osborne said he wanted to make it clear to the whole of China that there is no limit on trade with Britain or the number of Chinese people who can come to study or visit. A real dialogue between the two nations, he said, is about learning, understanding and embracing the future together, as he announced a partnership between Peking University, where he spoke, and Manchester University to create a joint centre for genomic medicine. While acknowledging that we should not be afraid of pointing out where we disagree, Mr Osborne said the West should not harbour outdated and nervous views and also welcomed Chinese investment in critical infrastructure such as water and airports. Mr Osborne said: This partnership will – I hope – give even more of you the chance to come to Britain and study there. We already have 130,000 Chinese students like you studying in Britain. I want more of you to come. And more Chinese visitors too. Let me make this clear to you and to the whole of China. There is no limit to the number of Chinese who can study in Britain. No limit to the number of Chinese tourists who can visit. No limit on the amount of business we can do together.

London Mayor in Harry Potter plea to China students

Osborne assured Chinese investors that there would be no restrictions on their travel, while Johnson encouraged Harry Potter fans to visit. Picture: PA

With only 300 cronuts made each day sold at $5 a pop, they are so coveted that they can go for up to $40 on the pastry black market. Even supermodel Heidi Klum had to wait weeks to try one. The ‘Cronut’ vs. the ‘DKA’ The ‘Cronut’ conquers New York Though the cronut has gained worldwide attention on social media since its debut in May, few in the UK have had the chance to taste the unique pastry — until now. “It just went viral because it’s new,” Dominique Ansel told CNN’. “It’s fun; it’s unusual; it’s good.” Read: Starbucks and UK baker in ‘Duffin’ kerfuffle One British bakery described it as the most exciting pastry launch since the sausage roll. But although they have proved extremely popular with British customers, the intense enthusiasm for cronuts in New York is unlikely to be replicated in London. “Cronuts are called “Yum Yums” in this country and you can buy them in [the supermarket Waitrose . We’ve had them for decades,” wrote Richard Turner, the owner of London’s Hawksmoor steakhouse , in an email to his business partner. Adalat Hussain, co-owner of the Wild and Wood cafe in Central London says British cronut-eaters are attempting to master the treat with a knife and fork. “I think using your hands is the best way,” he says. It just went viral because it’s new. It’s fun; it’s unusual; it’s good. Dominique Ansel Back across the pond, a young woman in the queue outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery declared the cronut a typically American invention. “A croissant is a great pastry in the morning; a doughnut is a great pastry in the morning.

Mortgages of more than 500,000 pounds to home buyers dropped by almost 50 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders. Affluent Foreigners Londons property market began to recover in 2009, in part because of affluent foreigners seeking a haven from turmoil in the Middle East and the wider European debt crisis. These buyers, attracted by mansions a short walk from Harrods and Buckingham Palace, helped push the price of luxury homes in central London up 23 percent since their last peak in the autumn of 2007. Prices of prime country homes remain down 20 percent, according to Knight Frank. Now the recovery is spreading beyond London. The number of homes sold in the U.K. reached the most in nearly four years in July, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors . That helped push the value of prime country homes up for the third consecutive quarter, Knight Frank said. House prices in affluent areas about an hour from London climbed 1.6 percent during the three months, while those in the remainder of the south of England climbed 1.2 percent, according to Savills. Homebuilders Rise U.K.s homebuilders have been among the biggest beneficiaries of revived housing demand, with an index of the companies gaining 47 percent this year, compared with the 10 percent advance for the FTSE 100 Index. Persimmon Plc , the largest U.K. builder by market value, rose the most in almost two months on Oct. 9 after Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

London Duathlon 2013 – Crossing The Line

The transition area was filled with everything from the latest time trial machines to folding bikes (yes, really!), with skinsuits, Lycra and baggy shorts all on show. Throw in an event village lined with vocal supporters and it all added up to a fun atmosphere. It seemed as though the emphasis was on challenging yourself rather than annihilating the competition, with many athletes taking part to raise money for official charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support . After some fairly strict pre-race literature landed on my doorstep, I was expecting a more formal setup. As a duathlon newbie this was contributing to my nerves a bit (What if I get disqualified in transition? was one of my main worries) but I neednt have panicked. The event village was full of helpful staff to point you in the right direction, with local shop Bikelab on hand to help with pre-race checks (wheels and tyres, brakes, gears and frame, plus the drop test) and any last-minute maintenance issues. Out on the course the routes were all well signposted, and friendly marshals were there at every turn to offer encouragement or instruction. The closed roads were a treat, and the beautiful if sodden surroundings a welcome distraction when the pain really kicked in. Crossing the finish line, the Move Clinics massage tent looked particularly appealing! As for my results, I finished the 5K/11K/5K route 1:17:36, with splits all within the 24min mark (my transitions could have used a little work, at 00:02:42 and 00:01:20). That put me fifth out of 146 women competing in the Super Sprint. I honestly hadnt given any thought to where I might place, and was just hoping to get round without my dodgy knee giving way, so Im chuffed to bits with my time. In fact, I reckon its a decent PB to try to beat in next years event! If you fancy a multisport challenge for next year, or taking up running to boost your winter fitness, enter the 2014 London Duathlon online now . Super Sprint (5K/11K/5K), Sprint (10K/22K/5K), Classic (10K/44K/5K solo or as a relay) and Ultra (20K/77K/10K) distances are all on offer, with early bird discounts available.