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Firms on Caribbean island chain own 23,000 UK properties

A quarter of property in England and Wales owned by overseas firms is held by entities registered in the British Virgin Islands, BBC analysis has found.

The Caribbean archipelago is the official home of companies that own 23,000 properties – more than any other country.

They are owned by 11,700 firms registered in the overseas territory.

The finding emerged from BBC analysis conducted of Land Registry data on overseas property ownership.

The research found there are around 97,000 properties in England and Wales held by overseas firms, as of January 2018.

It adds to concerns that companies registered in British-controlled tax havens have been used to avoid tax.

Where are the properties owned by overseas companies located?

Click or tap on the properties owned by companies registered abroad to find out more

Map built by Carto. If you can’t see the map, please click here to open the same story on the BBC News website.

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Boris Johnson wants to build a giant bridge from England to France — but it’s not very feasible

  • British foreign secretary Boris Johnson wants to build a massive bridge from England to France.
  • It’d be one of the biggest bridges in the world, and would be the second link between the two countries after the Channel tunnel.
  • President Emmanuel Macron reportedly told Johnson said “let’s do it.”
  • But there are significant logistical issues facing the idea.

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Emmanuel Macron ‘agrees to loan Bayeux Tapestry to Britain’

French president to allow artefact to leave the country for first time for 950 years

The Bayeux Tapestry will be loaned to Britain after the French president agreed to let it leave his country for the first time in 950 years, the Guardian understands.

Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce that the artefact depicting the Norman conquest of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 will be moved from its current location in Normandy to the UK at an Anglo-French summit on Thursday.

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Rare Medieval text printed by William Caxton found in Reading University archives

Pages printed more than 500 years ago by William Caxton rediscovered in an archive have been hailed as a “thrilling” find.

One of two pages of a 15th century printed text by English printer William Caxton which have been unearthed at the university 

UK’s ‘most desirable’ postcodes revealed

The most desirable postcodes in England, Scotland and Wales have been revealed by Royal Mail.

The firm evaluated the employment opportunities, quality of health and education, crime rates and housing affordability of areas across Britain.

The garrison town of Tidworth, in Wiltshire – postcode SP9 – was crowned the best place to live in England.

Picturesque: The view over Salisbury Plain from Tidworth Hill

G44, on Glasgow’s south side, topped the Scottish table, while LL78, Brynteg on the Isle of Anglesey, won for Wales.

The study, carried out to mark the 40th anniversary of the postcode, was conducted in conjunction with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR).

It took the following factors into account, using data from government agencies, the Office for National Statistics and the Land Registry

  • Employment opportunities
  • Health
  • Education and training opportunities
  • Levels of crime
  • Homelessness
  • Household overcrowding
  • Ease of access to local services
  • Quality of the physical environment
  • Housing affordability

Polo in Tidworth
Tidworth is famous for its polo clubs

In England, Tidworth, on the edge of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, came first. The town is widely known for its military barracks, as well as for its polo club, which is frequented by the royal family.

5 most desirable postcodes in England

1. Tidworth, Wiltshire (SP9)
2. Yateley, Hampshire (GU46)
3. St Bees, Cumbria (CA27)
4. Middlewich, Cheshire (CW10)
5. Earley, Berkshire (RG6)line break Despite being near a nuclear power station, Largs in Scotland is a popular resort

Despite being near a nuclear power station, Largs in Scotland is a popular resort

The south side of Glasgow was named the most desirable place to live in Scotland. An affluent residential neighbourhood, G44 is home to golf courses and parks.

5 most desirable postcodes in Scotland

1. South Glasgow (G44)
2. Erskine, Renfrewshire (PA8)
3. Largs, Ayrshire (KA30)
4. Menstrie, Clackmannanshire (FK11)
5. Port Askaig, Isle of Islay (PA46)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their first years of marriage on Anglesey

Brynteg, on the Isle of Anglesey off the coast of north-west Wales, topped the charts in that country. The village, home to fewer than 2,000 people, offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, and is a popular holiday destination.

5 most desirable postcodes in Wales

1. Brynteg, Isle of Anglesey (LL78)
2. Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan (CF61)
3. Llanidloes, Powys (SY18)
4. Caldicot, Monmouthshire (NP26)
5. North West Swansea, West Glamorgan (SA4)line break

There are around 1.8 million postcodes across the UK, covering a total of over 29 million addresses.

The combination of letters and numbers was chosen because it was considered easier to remember that a string of either numbers or letters on their own.

Formquadrat develops fines a foldable floating island boat (PHOTOS)

formquadrat develops fines a foldable floating island boat

requiring little space in marinas or docks, ‘fines’ by austrian-based studio formquadrat is a foldable, multi-hull concept for 4-6 people. the flexible boat, complete with folded hull option offers optimal traveling dimensions that when unfolded has more space and freedom to move around on deck than most boats. based on the notion of creating a mobile, individual well being oasis, the floating device gives on the option of leaving overcrowded beaches behind, while still having enough space and comfort. the three section hull is arranged according to use, when it is closed, the three elements are interlocked into each other, creating a compact size of 2.6m wide and 7m long. in this closed state the desired destination can be reached quickly and efficiently.

when the location has been reached, the tucked away boot is raised by a tense rope, pressing the side hull elements to a width of 7 meters apart. large lounging areas in the front can also be pulled out, creating chairs and a table – with a fully integrated grill for cooking inserted into the middle. swivel components provide additional stability and help to make an open and spacious area with a lower level at the back – the system is constructed so it aligns to the waves, yet remains stable.