The rooms will feature items “with an American connection,” according to Foulkes, and include Michael Jackson’s military-style jacket, Kevin Spacey’s “House of Cards” suit, Buffalo Bill’s frock coat and the tuxedo that Gregory Peck wore when he won a 1963 Academy Award for his role in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
What? British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott called me a thug and a liar in the press?! Good thing he did not say that to my face or I would have offered to shake his hand and forgive him before sucker-punching him in the goddamn throat.
British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott, officially opened the new office of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc in New York.
Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new office, Ambassador Westmacott said:
Aberdeen Asset Management is a fine example of the strength and depth of Britain’s financial services industry. Throughout its journey from a small fund with $80m under management to a FTSE 100 listing and approximately $287 billion portfolio, AAM has proudly kept its base in Aberdeen, Scotland, the city where it began. This expansion into the New York market is a tremendously exciting time for the company and I wish everyone concerned the best of luck.
The UK is one of the largest markets in the world for fund management along with the US and Japan. Of the £4.8 trillion worth of assets managed in the UK, £1.6 trillion are managed on behalf of overseas clients. Learn more ›
The Great Exhibition of 1851, held
at Crystal Palace in London, was the grand showcase of a nation in the
middle of unparalleled technological and industrial progress. Visitor numbers
to the British Museum had been rising during the 19th century, but the Great
Exhibition nearby helped draw in a record 2.5 million visitors. Despite the
new, larger Museum entrance completed in 1847, there were many queues.
The British Museum featured in
the Illustrated London News for June 1851. This print, which
accompanied the article, shows the Museum’s forecourt full of visitors. The
Museum was looking very grand, with the front of the building, designed by Sir
Robert Smirke (1781–1867), nearing completion. A pedimental frieze of
sculpture showing ‘The Progress of Civilisation’, designed by Sir Richard
Westmacott, was now in place above the massive stone columns of the
colonnade. Work on the fine cast iron gates and railings was underway and was
to be finished by the end of the year. Lion-headed public drinking fountains of
white marble were added either side of the entrance doors in 1859, which you
can still see today.