Casinos in British Culture

By Pete | @kingpetey | 14 May 2015

Casinos have always had a yoyo reputation in the United Kingdom and have been supported and discouraged depending on the government at the time. Around the middle of the 19th century, high street gaming establishments were made illegal and the only casino gaming to happen would be underground and, therefore, dodgy for many reasons for the next 100 years. 

Illegal Casinos continued and often there was a ‘look the other way’ policy going on. There was no way the police didn’t know about the scale of the underground betting market that was under their noses. 

As the authorities relaxed the regulations around Internet gambling, casinos have taken off in a big way, the Government keen to cash in on this user driven boom have slowly raised gambling taxes. 

Today there are around 8,000 gaming shops on our high streets, and many customers still prefer to visit the shops and watch the sports or racing while they’re there.

However, far more now play online through their computers and smart phones. There is easy access to slots, roulette, tables & cards and any number of games you can think of from myriad providers online, one of the most successful of which is Magical Vegas.

Playing online on Magical Vegas offers the same fun as going into a live casino and the Jackpots and pay-out ratios are normally higher. As a licensed online Casino Magical Vegas is a very secure and controlled environment.

A range of other factors such as the introduction of the National Lottery, scratch cards and all of the opportunities they provide to win money for customers, along with the ease of using them, has also contributed to the popularity of gaming.

Imagine the situation: for whatever reason, you’ve got a day to yourself. No kids, no wife. Just you and a whole day to indulge in all your favourite hobbies. Thankfully due to the digital age, there’s no shortage of ways to occupy yourself. Whether you’ve got a holiday booked for the upcoming FA Cup Final or you’ve got friends round to watch some upcoming Formula one matches, we’ve got the lowdown of must-have gadgets to make your life easier.

5. Giant Beer Glass

While this isn’t strictly a gadget, you’ve got to applaud Hawkins Bazaar for their efforts. Few things are worse than interrupting a match to get up and retrieve another beer. The enormous beer glass in the men’s section of the website holds two and a half pints. Plenty of drinking time to keep you busy between trips to the fridge. The only trouble you’ll have is keeping it cold, so grab some ice cubes!

4. iPad/Tablet

While you’re kicking back watching the TV you’ll need a second screen to check the news/social media/whatever else takes your fancy. The best way about this is a tablet to browse the web in total comfort. The newest iPad Air 2 is a good option with a blisteringly fast processor and high quality screen. Alternatively, an android tablet can be had for less than £200 and will do the job for most tasks.

3. Hammock

If it’s sunny outside you’ll need a place to look at your tablet and drink your beer. Get the hammock out! If you hang one indoors or outside, you’ll be privy to a select few in society who have enjoyed ultimate comfort. Grab your favourite design from Hammock Heaven.

2. Pizza oven

The pizza – king of the snack. Make homemade pizzas without any effort to impress your friends or your significant other when they’re in from work. Sure, you could always just buy a frozen pizza and throw it in the oven, but where’s the fun in that? Grab a highly rated version from Amazon to avoid disappointing cook times. This version cooks a pizza in about five minutes that tastes like it came from a real wood fired pizza oven. You’ll look like a culinary genius.

1. Home theatre projector

Watching football or whatever else has never been easier due to the plethora of devices available. Tablets, laptops, TV’s and all sorts can stream the important games in your life. However, ignoring the new styles of projector on the market mean you’re missing out on home cinema like viewing. Pick out a full HD, 3D projector from the likes of Epson or ViewSonic and you’ll have access to glorious resolution and crisp imagery. Ideal for days catching up on Breaking Bad or watching the FA cup final. 

While much of the international spotlight is focused on the traditional centers of free enterprise in Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia, a very surprising phenomenon is taking place in the Middle East. The spirit of entrepreneurship has taken hold in such unexpected corners of the world as the Middle Eastern region, and it seems that nations like Iran are finally beginning to take an active part in shaping the destiny of private enterprise in the 21st century.

Bringing Iran Up To Speed 

Leading entrepreneurs, such as Dr Shahram Shirkhani among many others, are doing their best to bring post-Revolutionary Iran up to speed for the new century. While the nation of Iran has been in the headlines most recently for its initiative to meet the West on the upcoming nuclear testing ban, there have been plenty of behind the scenes actions regarding international commerce and trade that deserve to be equally well publicized.

For example, thanks to the efforts of Shahram Shirkhani, the Western region of the nation of Azerbaijan was recently equipped with an excellent new public transportation system. This particular deal, long in the making, was finally realized thanks to the efforts of international cooperation between the two nations, with Dr. Shirkhani at the forefront of the arbitration. These, as well as many other events in the region, are living proof that the spirit of free enterprise is making inroads into the regions of the Middle East and Central Asia.

Moving Into A Brave New World 

Thanks to the efforts of visionary CEO's and progressive minded organizations, the nation of Iran is beginning to move into a brave new world of international commerce. While such efforts may seem surprising, the fact is that the ancient Persian spirit of free enterprise and trade is alive and well, and is beginning to pay off quite substantial dividends. New initiatives are on the table that could eventually transform the region far beyond its present state of partial development into a true powerhouse of free enterprise.

Excellent New Developments Are On The Horizon

Entrepreneurs in Iran and other Middle Eastern nations are spearheading a whole new series of excellent developments in the region. As one of the founding partners of the International Law Firm of Shirkhani and Alavi, Dr. Shirkhani has been able to broker a series of breakthrough agreements between European, American, and Middle Eastern companies that are promising to lead to a new atmosphere of peaceful cooperation and commerce. While these developments are still very tentative, it is refreshing to see that the ground work for a new era of cooperation and peaceful coexistence is finally being laid for the future.

Since the Apple iPhone and Google’s Android phone were launched in 2007 and 2008, respectively, there has been constant competition between the two platforms. While both phones have their staunch supporters, obvious pros and flaws, and very different ways of operating, it is important for business owners to understand what’s on offer when they purchase either.

Apple versus Google

Rivalry has existed between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android offering for as long as both platforms have existed and, since 2008, the two have dominated the mobile market, sharing over 90% of profits between them. These days, mobile platforms are becoming more of a priority as building apps, keeping up to date with information, communicating to the world, and networking via social media become more important. Although Google’s Android phone began to show a clear lead in profits in 2012, it is important to remember that sales figures won’t necessarily reflect what’s best for your business; researching the right technology for your business is absolutely vital.

The first thing to ascertain before making any final decisions regarding your mobile platform choice is how each will benefit your company; this must be a business-led decision, after all. Apple’s iPhone is renowned for being user-friendly and reliable, and comprises hardware and software that is fully compatible, throwing up few interface problems. Apple’s platform is known for working seamlessly between products and, if you have a lot of technology to incorporate, can be incredibly time-saving and cost-effective. Do you work in marketing, advertising, sales, or the creative industries? The iPhone’s camera is often regarded as second to none, and can be used alongside a number of Apple programs to create some truly stunning results. Interested in Android? While the iPhone is often heralded for its reliability, it’s also known for its many development restrictions, something that the Android phone has so far bypassed; the Android is known to be adaptable, innovative, and flexible, and is the right choice if you’re looking for a platform that allows you to stay current with fewer system updates. A reputable online technology news site can offer more in depth analysis of the relative advantages and disadvantages of both. systems

Keeping abreast of technology with smart platforms

It’s important for businesses to maintain their knowledge of technology, and to keep up to date with the advancements and innovations on offer within their field. There are some businesses, such as those in the development of mobile apps, which would benefit from the use of both the iPhone and Android. Utilising software and hardware on both Apple and Google devices could well provide advancements for a business, and operating duel systems can really widen your market. Using both iPhone and Android offers a dynamic approach to development and, if you’re in the business of creating mobile apps, is a fantastic strategy for understanding what the customer wants and needs, as well as fulfilling your own requirements.

Is this all a little too much to take in? Choosing the best platform for your business is now one of the most important decisions you’re likely to make, and it is reassuring to know that there are experts waiting to discuss your options with you, as well as offering comprehensive data for each update.

With the general elections just a few weeks away, a number of issues are currently being discussed by members of parliament. While the economy, health and infrastructure are all hot topics, there are other discussions which are perhaps closer to home for some voters – including the future of the TV licence.

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has claimed that the licence does not have a long-term future and will “likely be replaced” within the next 15 years. The changes could take into account developments in technology, which are causing viewers to turn away from their television sets and seek out their favourite television programmes via other methods such as catch up services or apps.

Currently, the TV licence is priced at £145.50 per year and allows the BBC’S UK services to remain free of advertisements and independent of shareholder or political interest.

In 2013, it was revealed that 400,000 households were forgoing their licence fee by watching their favourite television programmes on these aforementioned catch-up sites such as BBC iPlayer.

But while this may work for those of us who want to catch up on our soaps, can it cross over into the sporting world? Certainly, those who were looking forward to watching the Rugby Six Nations would have had no choice but to pay their licence fee, thanks to the BBC’s comprehensive coverage of the sport earlier this year via its TV, radio, online and social media platforms.

If there is anything that this has proved however, it’s that the sporting world can be viewed via a multitude of different media, putting into question the very need to purchase a TV licence in the first place. In 2015, the rise of mobile technology has given us access to sports updates like never before, allowing us to stream live games on our mobiles and check the scores via a simple tap of an app.

This has something which has been cashed in on by sports betting websites – not only can sports fans now compare the chances of their favourite teams, but they can also keep up-to-date with any sporting news such as player transfers and injuries. It’s a huge range of developments that is causing monumental growth in the mobile world and could soon make the television world obsolete.

The influence of mobile sports media has also had its effects across the pond – of the 125 million viewers to this year’s NFL Super Bowl event, it was estimated that 10.3 million came from video streams. This throws into question, then, the very future of the TV licence. While of course there is more to British television than just sport, the current ongoing political discussions do suggest that the BBC needs to move more in line with the times.

Today’s British sports viewers face a choice, then, if they wish to stop paying the fee – endure adverts, akin to our American brothers, or move away from television altogether and make the most of the internet offerings out there. It’s a short term solution if the MPs’ predictions are correct, but it could certainly make sports viewing cheaper and more accessible for British residents over the next 15 years.


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