London, the "Big Smoke," is the capital of the United Kingdom and the second largest city in Europe. From Brixton to Big Ben and Bethnal Green to Heathrow, there is always something brewing in the "Great Wen."
Samuel Johnson is quoted too often for writing that "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," but the truth is that the British capital exhausts several million men and women - workers, tourists and the unemployed alike - on a daily basis. The city's comprehensive Underground moves 1.3 billion passengers per year over 402 kilometers of track, for just one metric of London's massiveness. And the 8.5 million people who call greater London home always have something to complain about – except having nothing to do.
David Goffin made a little bit of history by reaching the last four in the season-ending event in London. But going a step further and reaching the final will be a tall order, as he faces Roger Federer next.
London to New York in three hours? That's the dream of a start-up in the US. It hopes to bring back supersonic airliners — 14 years after the noisy, gas-guzzling Concorde stopped flying. But this time, the airplanes should be faster, quieter and, above all, more profitable.
Germany's Alexander Zverev got his ATP World Tour Final campaign off to a winning start with a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic. Earlier in London, Roger Federer beat Jack Sock in straight sets.
The bell of Parliament's Big Ben clock tower in London chimed at 11 a.m. to mark the time World War I ended in 1918. In Paris, wreaths were laid at the Arc de Triomphe, where an eternal flame burns for unknown soldiers.
The European Union is currently grappling with a number of challenges from migration to Brexit. Amidst that backdrop, the Centre for European Reform or CER, a London-based think tank, has just issued a blue-print for change called ‘Relaunching the EU’. So what are its key proposals? Charles Grant is Director of the CER.