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Day: September 26, 2015

Britain’s oldest family business RJ Balson running since Tudor days
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Britain’s oldest family business RJ Balson running since Tudor days

    Each year about 240,000 British businesses collapse. To survive beyond the first couple of years is an achievement; to celebrate 50 years trading is remarkable. But for a shopkeeper to be able to mark a 500th anniversary is worthy of great celebration which is precisely what Richard Balson did last weekend. RJ Balson & Sons, the butcher’s shop he owns in the pretty market town of Bridport, Dorset, has survived the Reformation, the English Civil War, the start of the Industrial Revolution, the end of horsepower, the rise of the internet and more recessions than you can shake a black pudding at. And all the while it’s remained within the same family, so that experts have now declared it the oldest family company in Britain. “It’s unbelievable,” he agrees, in a Dorse...
Putin steps up campaign to reassert Assad’s power in Syria
ENGLISH, Europe

Putin steps up campaign to reassert Assad’s power in Syria

    The Russian president has sent his generals to Baghdad to co-ordinate policy with Iran and Iraq President Vladimir Putin has sent out a fresh challenge to the West, saying he is determined to thwart its plans to remove the Assad regime and sending generals to Baghdad to co-ordinate policy with Iraq and Iran . Mr Putin agreed that his dispatch of weapons including 28 fighter aircraft, armoured personnel carriers and thousands of men to Syria were aimed at shoring up the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad . “Well, you're right," he said in an interview with CBS . “It's my deep belief that any actions to the contrary - in order to destroy the legitimate government - will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region or in other r...