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A top strategist at JPMorgan's $1.7 trillion investment arm reveals her biggest fear for the British economy in 2018

JPMorgan Asset Management<p><b>Karen Ward, the chief market strategist for the UK and Europe at JPMorgan's $1.7 trillion asset management arm, believes that slow business investment could hurt the British economy in 2018.</b>• <b><br>Brexit uncertainty is stopping businesses from investing, which in turn, is stifling</b> …

Economy

Back in London, briefly – and taking my unholy desires to a place of piety and virtue

“I wonder if I am going to be accosted and asked why I have forgotten my beard and my shtreime”.<p>So it’s farewell to Penge, and the new friends I made …

London

Photos: An 18th-century Persian medical manual commissioned by Tipu Sultan that featured unicorns

The text seems to be a translation of a European manual by Pierre Pomet, chief druggist of Louis XIV.<p>Visitors to the British Library’s exhibition</i> …

Libraries

The size of the solar system if Earth were the volume of a basketball

Using a Google Maps overlay, Solar System Maps shows how large the solar system would be if Earth or other celestial bodies were much smaller than …

Libraries

Artist Melissa Kitty Jarram is updating Greek myths for 2018

As we continue to slog our way through the metaphorical bog that is January, we’re finding life inspiration in unexpected places. Take artist and …

Madonna

Africa is actually sending us her best and brightest

Image taken from page 73 of 'The Story of Africa and its Explorers. [With plates and maps.]'<br>(Image by The British Library) Permission Details …

Liberal View

Here Are All The Shakespeare Quotes Found In Westworld

[Credit: HBO]<p>Let’s take a trip back school and check out all the Shakespeare quotes in Westworld.<p>Westworld did an incredible job of using subtle …

Westworld

The life and legacy of MacDonald Gill

Caroline Walker and Andrew Johnston lift the lid on 20th-century cartographer MacDonald Gill. Learn about his life and career including his wartime …

Maps

What to Eat, See, and Do in London, According to an Insider

The cozy chic neighborhood of Marylebone, London, characterized by its quaint village feel, regal architecture and family-owned businesses, has been …

London

Magic and Enchantment in Literature

Consider potions and portals, witches and wizards – from The Odyssey to Ginger Snaps – by way of medieval romance, C S Lewis and four centuries of …

Libraries

Scientists Baffled After Finding 10th Century Medicine that Kills Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbug’

An ancient Anglo-Saxon potion, used to treat eye infections in the 10th-century, has shown the potential to eradicate the modern MRSA superbug, …

Medicine

Three tech skills that will help small business growth in 2018

Entrepreneurs and experts share the technological skills that will enable small businesses to grow this year.<p>Technology is now such an intrinsic part of business that<br>even simple tasks require at least a basic understanding of it, says Coralie Petermann of digital advertising company, Sublime …

Small Business

Harry Potter exhibition with treasures from J.K. Rowling coming to the US

If you’re a Harry Potter fan visiting New York later this year, you won’t want to miss an exhibition running there from 5 October to 27 January 2019. “Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” will have original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling, and will run at the New-York Historical Society.<p>Wizards …

Harry Potter

Constructing Communities: Identification and Self-Understanding in the Twelfth-Century North of England

This is a study of local communities in the north of England between 1069 and 1200. It examines the way these communities were constructed, imagined …

Medieval

Meet the visual artist who works in total darkness

Most artists, like most moths, are irresistibly drawn to the light. It’s the reason Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and so many others swooped down on softly sunlit St Ives. It’s what drove David Hockney back to California in 2013 (the sun there, he says, is “10 times brighter” than the gloom of …

David Hockney

New Jersey Lifts Prison Book Ban Thanks to ACLU

A book linking racial discrimination and mass-incarceration will now be available to New Jersey prisoners once more, after a complaint raised by the ACLU pointed out that the ban was unconstitutional. The book in question, <i>The New Jim Crow: Mass-Incarceration in the Age of Color-Blindness</i>, is not …

Donatella Versace

To Cowslip FarmCooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

I have long admired the wide children’s borders, also called friezes, designed and produced in the early twentieth century, prior to the Great …

Libraries

Ode to My 2 Favorite Libraries: The British Library and the Newberry Library

My husband and I were sitting in the British Library cafe, staring at the edifice of bookshelves with beautifully bound books that went up several …

Harry Potter

These Letters Tell the Inside Story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Imprisonment

A collection of 43 letters relating to the latter years of the queen’s confinement was recently donated to the British Library<p>Comment on this Story

History

Writing Witches and Wizards

Name:<p>Writing Witches and Wizards<p>Where:<p>Knowledge Centre<br>The British Library<br>96 Euston Road<br>London<br>NW1 2DB <br>Show Map How to get to the Library<p>When:<p>Thu 18 …

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Irish history ‘is being sucked into a digital black hole’

Libraries

The Medieval Magazine: (Volume 3: No. 20): Issue 103: New Year

A behind the scenes look at the British Library's Harry Potter exhibit, book suggestions for your 2018 Reading List, a closer look at the meaning of …

Medieval

Free And Cheap Things To Do This Week In London: 8-14 January 2018

All week A photo from Nadav Kander's beautifully lit and moving exhibition. © Nadav Kander<b>THE TIDAL THAMES:</b> Photographer Nadav Kander has made the …

London

National Library of Wales Joins Prestigious International Framework

The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has joined a select group of world-leading institutions by becoming a founding member of the prestigious …

News (Wales)

Middlemarch: reform and change

• Article by: John Mullan<br>• Themes: The novel 1832–1880, Power and politics<br>• Published: 15 May 2014<p><i>Middlemarch</i> is set in the period leading up to the 1832 …

Literature

EBSCO and BiblioLabs Announce OA Service for Theses, Dissertations

EBSCO Information Services and BiblioLabs will launch OpenDissertations.org, an open access initiative that will facilitate the discovery of …

Libraries

A papyrus puzzle: an unidentified fragment from 4th century Oxyrhynchus - Asian and African studies blog

The Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project team has just started working on five papyrus fragments, which are some of the earliest Hebrew texts we …

Libraries

New "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" Exhibit Coming to NYC

Alongside an exhibit-exclusive companion book.<p>After making the rounds in its native British Library, the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition will make its way to the New York Historical Society this fall. As a celebration of the 20th anniversary of <i>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone</i>, …

Dumbledore

Glimpses of early Christian splendour in Constantinople - Medieval manuscripts blog

For over one thousand years Constantinople (now Istanbul) was a byword for awe-inspiring splendour. Named after the Emperor Constantine the Great (r. …

Theology

BBC 4: A Stitch In Time

<b>HAPPY NEW YEAR!</b><p>I hope you had a joyous start to 2018! I have some very exciting news, as my <b>BBC Four</b> series, <b>A Stitch in Time</b> starts airing <b>tomorrow,</b> …

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