18 December 2012
18th of December, 6PM Metropolitan Police Bushey Sports Club, Hertfordshire WD23 2TR Buffet, Lottery, Disco, and Santa Claus performance. Be there, it's going to be fun, but it's going to be very serious too. We are helping young Jack and Rebecca to raise the $100.000 USD needed for the operation that will make them walk on their own legs again. Everyone's contribution of £20 for adults and £10 for children will do a world of good. As a company rule, at Kolumbix we want dreams to come true, and by all means this is no exception. We are waiting for you!
10 December 2012
Time to love, to gather up at a cosy fireplace with family and roast a few marshmallows. With all the cue respect to marshmallows though, this year it's not probably going to be a serene and easygoing spending time when it comes to presents. As the rest of Europe, UK, which is still an economically strong country, is dealing with the general economical difficulties that plague our times. Perhaps this year it will be the case to focus less on presents and more on the loved ones for a change! And don't forget your snowman!
26 November 2012
Who ever said that Brits don't eat well? Absolute nonsense. Of course, it is easy to find cheap and liver-detonating food at every corner, but the general amount of healthy and organic food centres in UK is averagely much higher than other European countries. And did you know that Devonshire is *the* biggest organic farming area in Europe, shortly followed by Westfalia in Germany? And did you know that organic beer is actually delicious? The growing number of organic breweries all over the country is a clear proof of that.
19 November 2012
Traditionally tolerant to everyone and everything British people are still very conservative when it comes to social classes. Not surprisingly, it is still very common to send a letter or card in a ‘first class’ envelope, book a ‘privilege’ boarding pass, or simply... yes go for physiological reasons. So, the fans of Englishness must not worry – the ‘old school boys’ are still around.
16 November 2012
Everyone says that British people are cold and detached. Until they go for a drink with them. In reality, British people are very conscious about their intimate relations. Once you have a British friend, it is a friend for life. This glorious country has a reputation to keep, about manners and education in the most diverse situation. It used to be a country of explorers, colonists and traders, and even though innumerable bonds were sealed with a Gentleman's word (or sword, in the old days!) the style and the character of British people is unmistakably and lordly COOL. Tip of the day: When going on a business dinner with British people, eat a small piece of butter before the meal to contain the devastating effect of the alcohol inundation you'll be facing, and try not to talk about work too much. A business dinner with British people is a bonding and humanly very fulfilling experience. Watch out hangover haters, you're in for big trouble.
12 November 2012
Although technically a country where everyone is a loyal subject of Her Majesty, the United Kingdom is actually historically a place where people have always been allowed to express themselves and go unnoticed, regardless of their garment, hairstyle and background. The very fundament of British culture is about sobriety (certainly not alcoholic one though!) and tolerance towards the different. This probably originates from the fact that as a former colonial empire, people of the most diverse backgrounds and cultures somehow conveyed and and melted together. Nowadays, the colonial times have come to an end. Nevertheless the underground life and the funky albeit slightly rainy atmosphere of London is like honey to the bee-like tourists of all over the world. In fact, we found two tourists hailing from *very* far away in the picturesque Big Ben area.
11 November 2012
No other European city can match London’s department stores for their surprising diversity of goods . The greatest concentration of stores is on Oxford Street, the capital’s main shopping street. Oxford street had been just a highway to the West, linking the City with Oxford from Roman days until the late 17th century. At this time there were a few shops at the Tottenham Court Road end, there was no sign of the development that was to follow, turning the “West End“ into the axis of commerce and the Oxford Street into the main avenue of a new Central London.
05 November 2012
Did you spot someone absolutely brilliant and passionate about travels and adventures? If the answer is ‘Yes’ it was probably us! So, why not we meet at the WTM this week and make the most of our plans real?! Register here: http://www.wtmlondon.com/page.cfm/link=223
31 October 2012
It's pretty incredible how after all the ping-ponging we've given Halloween between our little islands and America, it is still such a big event. Starting off as THE holiday to celebrate the new harvest, and going through very complicated supernatural wicca calculations, Halloween was the day to gather and pray, and maybe have a word with the dead, as it was said to be the day with the thinnest barrier between this world and the next one. After a century long sugar coating in North America, the Day Of The Dead still generates adrenaline in the youngest and the not-so-young in a kaleidoscopic cross dressing night where nothing is as it seems. Not suitable for diabetics.
22 October 2012
Overlooking Greenwich with one of the greatest view is the Royal Observatory, the First Observatory of England. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1675. The first Royal Astronomer was John Flamsteed. He was succeeded in 1720 by Edmond Halley, who charted the course of his famous comet here but died before seeing his calculations proved correct.
19 October 2012
Friday’s cocktail recipes from Kolumbix. DRUNK CHERRY 50 ml of pure grain vodka 50 мл 8-10 fresh cherries 7 ml of Elderflower Cordial 25 ml of Fresh Grapefruit juice Garnish: 5 cherries Mixed it, shake it and enjoy! ROYAL BLACKBERRY 50 ml of pure grain vodka 7 Red Currants 3 table spoons of Champagne Garnish: 3 Blackberry Mixed it, shake it and enjoy!
15 October 2012
St Paul’s Cathedral is the only Renaissance cathedral in England. It took 35 years to build, and in 1970, when Sir Christopher Wren was 78, his son placed the final stone of the building. However, this is the forth cathedral which stands on top of Ludgate Hill. The first cathedral, made of wood, was founded in 604 and dedicated to St Paul by England’s first Christian King, Ethelbert of Kent. This was rebuilt in stone and burned down by Vikings in 962. The third Saxon cathedral was replaced by the Normans, over a 200-year period. The Great Fire of 1666 reduced the cathedral to ashes.
05 October 2012
The village of Masham is a place for pilgrimage for connoisseurs of real ale – it’s the frothing fountainhead of Theakston’s beers, which have been brewed here since 1827. The company’s most famous brew, Old Peculier, takes its name from the Piculier of Masham, a parish court established in medieval times to deal with religious offences, including drunkenness, brawling and “taking a skull from the churchyard and placing it under a person’s head to charm them to sleep”. The court seal is used as the emblem of Theakston Ales.
04 October 2012
It’s widely known that England’s George III was a little nuts. But you’d be forgiven for thinking that “Mad King George’s” eldest son Prince George (1962-1830) was the eccentric in the family upon visiting his princely pavilion in Brighton. The young prince began drinking with abandon and enjoying the pleasures of women while still a teenager. And to daddy’s displeasure, he soon started hanging out with dissolute uncle the Duke of Cumberland, who was enjoying himself royally be the sea in Brighton.