Well, what month! So much has happened since we last spoke it’s hard to know where to start!
How about with some happy Royal news? The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – aka Wills and Kate – had a baby daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on the 2nd May. She immediately slots in fourth in the line of succession behind her old man, her uncle Harry and her brother George and she weighed 8lb 3oz. As an aside, Charlotte was ranked 21st in the ONS list of most popular girls’ names in 2013. Who wants to bet that it will be higher in 2015?
We also marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day on May 8th.
Here are some interesting VE Day facts for you:
- 20,000 people gathered outside Buckingham Palace to welcome King George VI and the Royal Family, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, on VE Day
- On VE Day, 13,000 British POWs were brought home on 200 Lancaster bombers
- It took 4h 19m from the time the Germans signed the official Instrument of Surrender at Allied HQ in Reims on May 7th (2.41am) to the time Churchill was informed the war was officially over (7.00am)
- Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force secretary Susan Hibbert took 20 hours to type the official surrender document signed by the Allied Expeditionary Force, the Soviets, the French and of course the Germans. It consisted of just 272 words but with everyone putting in their two-penneth, it took a while. When she died in February, we said goodbye to the last British witness to the German surrender
Street parties were recreated with the food, clothes, music and entertainment of the time but as we celebrated, we must spare a thought for those who perished on the battlefields, in the cities and in the concentration camps. Britain lost 450,000 in the war (with an estimated 65-80m dead worldwide) and that should never be forgotten.
Last week, to top off a memorable month for Britain we had the General Election. In the weeks leading up to it, it became clear that no party would get the requisite number of votes needed for a majority and a mandate to do what they liked. Would the Tories have to form another coalition with the Lib Dems? Would Labour have to join up with the Scottish Nationals? Would UKIPs Nigel Farage get the seat he was so desperate for?
The answer to all three was a resounding ‘no’.
Both the Liberal Democrats and Labour were so embarrassingly thrashed, within hours of the resounding Tory victory, both Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband resigned and then when Farage was trounced in South Thanet by the Tories (with not an inconsiderable helping hand from comedian Al Murray’s Free United Kingdom Party, aka FUKP), he also threw the towel in.
So there we have it, a Tory majority and a mandate to do all the things they said they are going to do. Let’s wait and see shall we…?
You know summer’s coming when the football season finishes. At the time of writing, the Champions League final will be contested by Barcelona and Juventus, bringing back the union of Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini, where the latter was bitten by the former in the World Cup, and the union of Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra, where the former was found guilty of racially abusing the latter. Should be a good game!
We also know when summer’s coming when our phones are ringing off the hook. As ever, our city in the summer is a fantastic place to be and we have some fantastic deals on holiday apartments in London. Whether you’re coming as a tourist for a few weeks or as a student for the year, have a look at our selection of vacation and student apartments in London.
Here at Euracom, we have been arranging student accommodation in London for a quarter-century and as well as some great apartments at great prices, we make sure that you are well taken care of. If there’s anything you need or any help we can give you while you’re in the UK, please just ask us. It’s what we’re here for!
If you are looking for outstanding accommodation in London, make Euracom your first phone call (or email!). You can get us on 020 8420 7666 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to making sure you have a fantastic summer staying in a Euracom apartment!
See you in June!By Rob at 1 May 2015