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Editor’s letter: June Sarpong on creating agents of change at work

The return of our Breaking Barriers Spotlight series sees June Sarpong take up the reins as Guest Editor. Here the Diversify author explains the role we all have to play in making our workplaces more diverse and representative. The United Kingdom is by definition a mixture of nations, cultures and peoples, diversity is what we do – it’s on the tin and in our DNA! Our desire to access the people, goods and services we need regardless of natural or manmade boundaries has led us to become a global trading nation with a society that has attracted individuals from all over the world, thus creating the multicultural melting pot we pride ourselves on. However, the inclusivity that is needed to make diverse societies function effectively is not always evident either by statistic or if we are honest in our daily experience. For example, research from Inclusive Employers unearthed the fact that 25 per…

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My close shaves

Saying yes has got me into a lot of trouble over the years. I find it hard to turn down a new adventure or experience and love giving everything a go. In Finding My Virginity, I revealed my 75 close shaves – though I had to update the paperback to 76 after Hurricane Irma hit the BVI and I had a near miss with a bathtub flying through the air and landing where I had earlier been sat.

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It was great fun to sit down with LADBible recently and talk them through some of the very close calls that stand out to me. The challenge I was most scared of was when we were crossing the Pacific in a hot air balloon. We lost half our fuel when full tanks dropped as we jettisoned empty fuel. We thought we would run…

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Funny Dogs vs Evil Twins Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie

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Funny Dogs vs Evil Twins Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie
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Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie get pranked by evil conjoined twins! Creepy looking conjoined twin girls surprise the three beagle dogs while they're resting on the couch. Watch as the scary lady attacks the cute dogs with…a vacuum! Their reaction is hilariously adorable! #funnydogs #eviltwins #prank #funnydog #cachorro #perro #perros #funny #animals #pets Music: "Snooping Around" by Jon Bjork
"Ghoul Disco" by Hakan Eriksson
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Virgin Australia to open new pilot training centre

Virgin Australia has announced it will be opening a world-class pilot training centre in Tamworth. Tamworth Regional Council chose Virgin Australia Group as the airline to establish the training centre in the New South Wales city. “We are delighted to have been chosen by Tamworth Regional Council, and for the Virgin Australia Group to establish an Aviation Centre of Excellence.” Virgin Australia Group CEO and managing director, John Borghetti said. “Our industry is currently facing a global pilot shortage and this world-class facility will develop a pipeline of skilled pilots funnelling into the Virgin Australia Group and other airlines around the world.”

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Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Cr Col Murray added: “Few regional airports boast facilities the calibre of those in Tamworth so we have been in the very fortunate position of attracting more than one proposal to deliver commercial pilot…

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Dogs Bake Shortcake w/Creature: Chef Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Dogs Bake Shortcake w/Creature: Chef Dogs Maymo & Potpie
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
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Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny Chef dogs Maymo & Potpie as they attempt to bake a strawberry shortcake with 'Salacious Crumb' from Star Wars. The two beagle dogs are making one of their favorite recipes when they are ambushed by the crazy creature, who steals their ingredients and causes trouble…until things take a turn for the unexpected! #perrococinero #starwars #chefdog #cooking #recipe #funnydogs #perro #perros #cachorro #dog #dogs Music: "Sneaky Cats 03" by Hakan Eriksson and "South American Journey" by Magnus Ringblom …

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From hurricanes to satellites

Last year, hurricanes absolutely devastated much of the Caribbean, including our home in the British Virgin Islands. Buildings were destroyed, entire cities leveled, and millions of people lost power and telecommunication. Lacking connection to the world, the prospect of recovery seemed bleak. Among those most crucial to the relief effort were the women and men of the United States Air Force’s Air Mobility command. Deploying within hours of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, they transported aid workers, refugees, and nearly five million pounds of critical relief supplies to people and nations in desperate need.

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So, I was honoured when General Maryanne Miller, the newly appointed 4-star general who runs the Air Mobility Command, invited me to join her on stage as a surprise guest at a conference for and about the men and women under her command. General Miller wanted…

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From Bali to the bottom of the Blue Hole in Belize

Ocean aficionados and governments from all over the world have gathered in Bali for the start of the 5th Our Ocean conference. It’s called ‘Our Ocean, Our Legacy’ to remind us all of the critically important need for all of us to act to regenerate ocean life and build its resilience to change. This annual gathering was started by my friend Secretary John Kerry, and has already generated commitments to ocean health totaling around USD 18 billion with pledges to protect 12.4 million square kilometers in marine protected areas. Here’s wishing the Indonesian government great success as they take the helm this week and steer us towards innovative solutions for tackling today’s most pressing ocean challenges like climate change, overfishing and marine plastic debris. While I have looked up to the stars my whole life dreaming of exploring space, I have also always wanted to learn more about the largely unexplored space all…

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Michael Myers Befriends Cute Dogs: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie

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Michael Myers Befriends Cute Dogs: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie
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Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie are visited on Halloween by Michael Myers, who surprises the three beagles by becoming their best friend! Watch the masked horror villain bond with the cute dogs by baking them cookies, going fishing for severed arms, and playing tennis with corpse heads, among other things. Maymo's latest adventure is both cute and creepy and will have you equal parts scared and in hysterics. #halloween #dogs #michaelmyers #perros #cachorro #funnydogs #horror #cutedogs Music: "Crazy Party 1," "Crazy Party 4," and "Stree Life of Ghana 1" by Magnus Ringblom …

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Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne meets Cosmic Girl 747

LauncherOne? Meet Cosmic Girl. The brilliant Virgin Orbit team have integrated our LauncherOne rocket with Cosmic Girl, our modified 747, for the very first time. These photos show the size of the rocket we attached to our 747. It will carry LauncherOne to more than 30,000 feet before the rocket engages its thrusters and flies into orbit early next year – travelling at 17,500mph, dropping off satellites and connecting the world.

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The team were carrying out the integration check of the rocket with Cosmic Girl to verify mechanical, electrical, software, and dynamics all work together for the first time. All of this happened at Long Beach airport. We wouldn’t usually…

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Being human

Was delighted to join a fascinating group of business leaders, HR professionals, academics and experts to discuss the future of work, as part of the 100% Human at Work Working Group in Sydney. Virgin CEO Josh Bayliss and I were fortunate enough to drop in for part of the session and discuss our vision for more human, more effective businesses. We heard from Theresa, who spoke no English when she arrived in Australia after five years in a refugee camp. Remarkably, she qualified as a lawyer and eventually joined us at Virgin in the UK. She was worried her English wasn’t good enough and her reports would get rejected, but her team supported her development and she grew into a wonderful member of the team. Now she is back in Australia, running her own business – and her former manager is the godmother to her child.

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Dogs vs Giant Spider Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny, & Potpie

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Dogs vs Giant Halloween Spider Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie
To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, email Brave Bison: licensing@bravebison.io Subscribe! http://bit.ly/VzYUvE
Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie get pranked on Halloween by a couple giant spiders! These cute beagle dogs' naptime is interrupted when a spider dangles overhead…the beagles spring into action, only to be ambushed by an even larger spider, and then an even bigger spider than that! Stick around to watch cute Penny take matters into her own hands! #dogs #halloween #spider #perros #funnydogs #prank #cutedogs #cachorro Music: "Chasing Through the Snow" by Hakan Eriksson and "Fashion District 9" by Magnus Ringblom …

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Joining the Hollywood Walk of Fame and launching Virgin Fest

It is truly an honour to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it was so wonderful to accept the award on behalf of all the Virgin family. It was also particularly special to have my wife Joan by my side. Thank you very much to Leron Gubler and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the award, the Virgin Atlantic cabin crew for joining us, and big thanks to Lance Bass and Ben Harper for sharing their kind words about our Virgin adventures, from releasing records to launching Megastores.

Image by Bob Riha, Jr./Virgin Produced

Being given the Star outside the Guinness World Records Museum was also something of a fitting privilege. I have a few of these records but the unofficial world record I believe I hold is to have been pulled out of the sea on five separate occasions…

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The value of dyslexic thinking

Fascinated to read a report which says the skills dyslexic people have such as problem solving and storytelling could help companies meet the challenges of business in the future. Made by Dyslexia have teamed up with Ernst & Young to assess the value of dyslexia – and the results are really interesting.  

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The report delves into how the world of work is changing fast and how a revolution in skills is needed. Huge advances in technology will continue to challenge and change how we work and automation is creating new roles whilst displacing others, leading to a change in demand for workplace skills. More than one in 10 people are thought to have dyslexia, according to the report, and the potential impact dyslexics could have on the future of work is huge. It says how dyslexic people hold a unique set…

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Virgin Money mergin’ with CYBG

Following the completion of the deal between the two companies that was first announced in May, Virgin Money has joined forces with CYBG. The combination of CYBG with Virgin Money will mean a new national competitor in the banking sector, with the ambition being to deliver the best customer service in the UK. The new Group is double the size of any other challenger bank and is the only bank outside the traditional ‘big five’ with genuine full-service retail and SME capability. The retail brand for the combined group will transition to the Virgin Money brand over the next three years.  It will offer a complementary mix of product expertise, combining CYBG’s strengths in personal and business current accounts and its successful digital platform, shared strengths in mortgages and Virgin Money’s expertise in credit cards and savings.

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Cute Dog vs Zombie Babies Halloween Prank: Cute Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Cute Dog vs Zombie Babies Halloween Prank: Cute Dogs Maymo & Potpie
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Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny get pranked by a plethora of zombie babies for Halloween! These cute beagle dogs don't know how to react at first when confronted by these kooky zombie babies – but they quickly jump into action, to defeat, then befriend the scary zombies! #dogs #halloween #zombie #prank #zombiebaby #perro #cachorro #perros Music: "Spooky Ride" by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://www.twinmusicom.org/song/250/spooky-ride
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Virgin Trains launches prison employability training programme

Virgin Trains has launched the first in-prison employability training programme aimed at building the skills prisoners will need to make them job-ready on the day of release. The three-week employment and business course has been piloted at HMP Styal, a women’s prison near Manchester. Run in partnership with prison education and training provider Novus, the course will utilise Virgin Trains’ experience in delivering excellent customer experience as well as working with people with convictions. It comes two years after the rail operator made in-prison recruitment fairs a part of its regular recruitment process and removed the criminal record declaration box from its application forms. The pilot is believed to be the only privately-run training course which focuses on ‘soft skills’ such as building confidence, time-keeping and managing workplace relationships, which are highly valued by employers. It also complements the skills training programmes developed in prisons by other employers such as Timpson and Halfords.

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World Mental Health Day: Looking after your mental health at work

Today (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day and on Virgin.com we’re be marking it with a panel discussion on how to embrace self-care in the workplace and support your co-workers livestreamed on our Facebook page and right here from 4.45pm (BST). One in four people in the UK suffer from mental ill-health each year, and 38 per cent of British people say that they are worried that revealing a mental health problem could jeopardise their career. According to the UK Centre for Mental Health, mental health issues cost businesses £35 million a year but with adoption of some simple workplace initiatives, 30 per cent of those costs could be offset.

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Editor’s letter: Josh Giegel on creating a transport system for the 21st century

Josh Giegel, Virgin Hyperloop One co-founder and CTO, takes the reins as Guest Editor for our Smarter Travel Spotlight series. Here Josh explains how hyperloop technology is in a unique position to meet the diverse needs of modern society. I quit my job at a premier spaceflight company near the end of 2014 on a mission that potential investors tried to talk me out of, “you’re young, you can do anything, this is a waste of time…” I knew all I needed was to was find a team of people just as committed as I was – we would do something nobody thought possible. In 2014, hyperloop was an idea drawn on a whiteboard in a garage. A little over two years later, we built a full-scale prototype and I was giving a tour to none other than my former boss, Richard Branson, at our Nevada test site. He quizzed me about my choice to…

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Dogs vs Giant Witch Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie

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Dogs vs Giant Witch Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie
Witch Mask made by Mark A. Schneider: www.faustandcompany.com
To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, email Brave Bison: licensing@bravebison.io Subscribe! http://bit.ly/VzYUvE
Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie get pranked for Halloween by a giant, scary witch! The three beagle dogs waste no time in tackling the haggard intruder, who has a surprise of her own! #funnydogs #halloween #witch #costumes #dogs #cachorros #perros #perro #cachorro Music: "Dark Hallway" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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"Happy Haunts" by Aaron Kenny …

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Dogs vs Giant Minion Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny, & Potpie

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Dogs vs Giant Minion Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny, & Potpie
To use this video in a commercial player, advertising or in broadcasts, email Brave Bison: licensing@bravebison.io Subscribe! http://bit.ly/VzYUvE
Maymo's Instagram: http://goo.gl/1MrHRh
Maymo's Facebook: http://on.fb.me/UPC8d7
Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny dogs Maymo, Penny & Potpie get pranked by a giant Minion from the Despicable Me movie. The dogs are first approached by a smaller minion who steals their things in order to build a fort in the living room. When the cute beagle dogs explore the minions new fort, they get an unexpected surprise! #dogs #minions #prank #funnydogs #cachorro #perro #perros #कुत्तेकी Music: "Brain Trust" by Wayne Jones and "Fun Activity Montage" by Biz Baz Studio …

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From Don’t Look Down to The Aeronauts

Delighted to see my old ballooning adventures partner Per Lindstrand still at the cutting edge of ballooning – and set to bring its magic to many more people.

Image by Thierry Boccon-Gibod

Per was alongside me on our record-breaking hot-air-balloon trips across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and our round-the-world journeys. We had a lot of ups and downs, quite literally from up in the jetstream to down in the ocean, but somehow managed to survive several close shaves with death together. Wonderfully, we remain friends to this day too. Now Per’s company, Lindstrand Balloons, have built an original Victorian balloon craft – and flown it – for new film The Aeronauts. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie, which tells the tale of James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell’s 1862 attempt to understand how rain is formed (and break some ballooning records along the…

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How Virgin Holidays is creating a culture of inclusion

Virgin Holidays has been a champion of LGBT rights for a long time. From participating in various Pride parades around the UK to promoting LGBT friendly holidays, the tour operator has done a lot to help the LGBT community. Last year, Virgin Holidays produced a video highlighting the treatment that LGBT couples often face when travelling. But Virgin Holidays’ commitment to inclusion isn’t only for their customers but for their staff too. We caught up with Pauline Wilson, VP – Operations at Virgin Holidays, to find out more… Why is it important that the Virgin Holidays team is a diverse range of people? At Virgin Holidays we understand the business case for diversity and inclusion, we understand a more diverse workforce drives greater innovation and creativity and it’s just the right thing to do. More than ever, businesses need diversity of backgrounds, life experiences and viewpoints at every level of management (Forbes, 2017)….

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Virgin Atlantic celebrates India’s landmark gay sex ruling

Virgin Atlantic has become the first company in India to feature an LGBT couple in its advertising following the country’s Supreme Court ruling that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence. The airline, known for its bold ads, has been a long-term champion of LGBT friendly tourism and plays an active role in Pride events across the UK and US. With the ruling on Section 377 decriminalising gay sex, it was the perfect chance to celebrate LGBT couples in India. The new adverts will appear from today (September 26th) across websites, social media and radio. The new ad is part of the new Virgin Atlantic brand campaign – ‘Depart the everyday’ – which brings to life an extraordinary experience that customers can have above the clouds. The campaign includes some ‘hyper-real’ fantastical imagery, including a shot of a lesbian couple snuggling in their seat.

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Ryan Reynolds, my new business partner?

I sat down in the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, feeling nice and relaxed ahead of a long flight, and looking forward to meeting up with Ryan Reynolds. I knew that Virgin Atlantic had an exclusive partnership with Aviation American Gin, which Ryan owns. What I didn’t know is that Ryan thought we had an even bigger partnership…

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You’ll have to watch the video above to see what happened when I met up with (B)Ryan, and what we have planned with Virgin Atlantic and Aviation Gin. He was a bit nervous; he’s new to this entrepreneur business, so I gave him a little advice. But, Ryan, Avia-Virgin-ation? It’s not going to happen…

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Chef Dogs Make Pies: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Chef Dogs Make Pies: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie
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Maymo's Twitter: http://bit.ly/Wk4dxX Watch funny chef dogs Maymo & Potpie as they kick off the fall season by making apple & pumpkin pies! These two beagle dogs don't waste a chance to taste the ingredients as they put the recipe together – and then sharing their tasty creation with their beagle sister Penny! #cooking #pie #funnydogs #tutorial #funny #fall #chef #perrococinero #perrococinando Music: "Winds of Spring" by The 126ers and "Argentina Tango Bandonian" by Doug Maxwell …

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