London’s junior market grows for first time since 2007
Cue a last-minute whip around Europe, and then the long flight back to the real world. Those guys are still there, but they’re far from alone. London is also home to plenty of professionals, older Australian residents who might once have been Walkie drinkers, but now have good jobs, career prospects, decent houses and occasionally families. They don’t drink at the Walkie; they eat at St John . For most Australian travellers, there has been a shift in dynamic. It used to be that everyone wanted to go to London to “do the expat thing”, to hang out with like-minded Antipodeans and go crazy for a couple of years in expat enclaves. You’d surround yourself with other travellers and reminisce about how good it is back home, and moan about how crap the weather is over here. Cheers. But travel has changed. The expats I’ve met in London in the last few years are far more likely to drink real ales at traditional British boozers than guzzle snakies at a Walkabout. They want to eat at good local restaurants rather than find a place that does a decent pie and mash. And they want to spend weekends taking cheap flights to continental Europe rather than do a Sunday session at the Aussie theme pub.
View gallery People pose for a picture in front of a giant NFL sign in London’s Regent street on September 28, 2013 (AFP Photo/Andrew Cowie) 4 hours ago New York City (AFP) – The roaring success of the two NFL games played in London will see them host a third one in the 2014 season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Tuesday. Jacksonville, Atlanta and Oakland will all play home matches at Wembley Stadium which sees the NFL assign three fixtures abroad for the first time in their history. Both the opponents and the dates will be announced at a later date. “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” said Goodell. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. “By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.” The first of the two games programmed for this season took place on September 29 which saw the Minnesota Vikings beat the Pittsburg Steelers in front of 83,000 spectators. The Jacksonville Jaguars will welcome the San Francisco 49ers on October 27 as part of the deal that the Jaguars play a match at Wembley for the next four seasons. Sports & Recreation STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford’s David Shaw is one of the most mild-mannered coaches in college football. He rarely shows emotions, and he rarely raises his voice. The Associated Press
London rewarded with third NFL game for 2014
Accountancy group UHY Hacker Young said 20 companies floated on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in the three months to Sept. 30, while 16 delisted. This was the first time more had joined than left since the third quarter of 2007. “More companies are again looking at an AIM initial public offering as an opportunity for growth,” said Laurence Sacker, Partner at UHY Hacker Young. AIM’s attractiveness to UK retail investors has been boosted by the government’s decision earlier this year to allow AIM stocks to be included in individual savings accounts (ISAs) – popular tax-free products – for the first time. The research showed 56 companies joined AIM in the 12 months to the end of September, raising a total of 881 million pounds ($1.42 billion) – up 70 percent on the previous 12 months. The overall value of companies listed on the AIM market was 67.7 billion pounds as of August, according to data from the LSE, down from a peak of 97.6 billion pounds in 2007. Stronger equity markets have helped revive new listings in Europe after years of subdued activity due to the financial crisis, with London one of the busiest destinations. Separate data from Ernst & Young over the weekend showed that, when the LSE’s main market is also included, more than 3 billion pounds has been raised from London listings so far this year, double the amount raised in the whole of 2012. Sacker said next year also looked busy for AIM, but the market is still a way off returning to previous levels – in the 12 months to Sept. 30 2007, 8.8 billion pounds was raised by AIM IPOs.