Like in most highly-developed countries in the world, mediation has been recognized as an important avenue for settling disputes in the UK.  This is because mediation is increasingly seen as the most positive and results-oriented process that can be taken when disagreement threatens to affect a family, an organization, or even a community.  In the context of law, mediation is categorized as a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR.

Mediation involves the participation of a neutral third party aside from the two contending parties.  It aims to bypass the deadlock that often paralyzes regular negotiations.  The structure of mediation operates on a timetable where deadlines are set for accomplishing specific results.  Rather than directing the process itself, mediators are expected to expertly facilitate disputes towards what is hoped to be a compromise that will be mutually beneficial to the contending parties.

While the resulting agreement can be enforced by law when required, the participation of each party involved in the dispute is usually voluntary.  It is almost impossible to mediate between parties who were merely forced to enter the process since their minds are often closed.  Contending parties who refuse to participate in the mediation process typically have no other recourse but to go to court.  However, final resolution is still not guaranteed even in such an arena.

Global Mediation which can be found online at  http://www.globalmediation.co.uk/  offers one of the most comprehensive mediation and facilitation service in the UK.  Not all mediators are equipped with the necessary experience to make the mediation process work for clients.  Successful mediation requires people who truly understand the intricacies and complications of disputes.  Specialized mediators are able to lead disputing parties to see the relevance and advantage of negotiating.  Parties contemplating the possibility of getting the services of a professional mediation company should find the one that will allow them to address the cause of the dispute rather than merely being an additional cost.

 

A conservatory is an extension or room that is usually attached to one side of the house using glass roof and walls.  It is known by other names including greenhouse, sun-room, and solarium, among others.  By UK standards, a structure is considered a conservatory if at least half of its side wall area is glazed and at least three-fourths of its roof is glazed with translucent materials such as glass or poly-carbonate sheeting.

The first known English conservatories were made during the 16th century.  They were owned by rich landowners who started cultivating citrus fruits which only normally grew in warmer regions such as lemons and oranges.  For places that have cold climates such as England to enjoy tropical plants and flowers, there is a need to provide for the right environment through conservatories.  Conservatories eventually served other purposes such as venues for tea parties, breakfast areas or simply covered areas in gardens.

Modern conservatories are used to provide additional living spaces for many family homes.  Early English conservatories had ornate Victorian structures.  More practical but equally beautiful  versions are offered by diy conservatory suppliers.  This makes it possible to build one’s own conservatory with minimum fuss and at a lower cost.  Customers can order straight from manufacturers.

The peak of conservatory building in England was during the 19th century.  Construction of new ones stopped when World War II erupted.  Some of the more prominent English conservatories include the Kew Gardens in Southwest London, the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the Eden Project  in Cornwall, the Sym House in West London, and the Barbican Centre in Central London.  The renewed interest in Victorian-style conservatories was seen during the 1970s and smaller versions for domestic use was widely developed using insulate glass .  From then till now, conservatories are beautiful additions to any home.

The United Kingdom is only topped by one other country- the US , in the number of times a country has hosted the prestigious Olympics Games.  It hosted the 1908 Summer Olympics, the 1948 Summer Olympics, and the most recently concluded 2012 Summer Olympics.  The 1948 Summer Olympics was the first Olympic Games held after World War II.  It was supposed to be held in 1944 but was cancelled because  of the war.  All these three events were held in the city of London, as other bidders specifically Manchester and Birmingham failed in their respective attempts to get the deal.

It is of special note that the first Olympics hosted by London was only the third to be held outside Athens, Greece.  It was a very productive event for UK as it finished off with the most number of medals.  It wasn’t as fortunate during the 1948 Olympics as it was only ranked 12th in the number of medals won.  In the 2012 Olympics, the British contingent fared much better, placing 3rd in the ranking of number of medals won by country.

The British Olympic Association oversees the organization of participating athletes for the team known as “Team GB” which stands for Great Britain, for the summer, winter and youth Olympics.  Countries which are considered constituents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland include England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.  Also included are Crown Dependencies specifically Guemsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey and British Overseas Territories Anguilla, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, South Georgia, and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Great Britain holds the distinction of being one of the very few countries represented in all Summer and Winter Olympics.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, more popularly known as London 2012 was officially opened by no less than Queen Elizabeth II.  The event required considerable redevelopment of various existing facilities and the construction of the Olympic Park.  The program featured 26 sports in all.