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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…

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Richard Branson (@richardbranson) on Sep 25, 2018 at 5:03am PDT

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLo2aAkAITc
Chef Dogs Make Pies: Funny Dogs Maymo & 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 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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Commemorating with the Kodiak Queen

On September 7th The Kodiak Queen documentary was released – commemorating the first anniversary of Hurricane Irma. Thanks to the remarkable team at Virgin, Richard Branson and the Maverick 1000 entrepreneurial group, our short film has already been seen around the world. To date it has been viewed by people in fifty-one regions, from America to Australasia – people have been watching in their thousands. This is an audience we could only have wished for and as the views have gone up, I’ve been thinking back to the start of my Kodiak Queen journey and can’t quite believe the events that have led to this moment.

Image: Kodiak Queen

In January 2017, out of the blue, I received an email from Owen Buggy. I didn’t know Owen at the time and he explained that he had found a ship in the British Virgin Islands…

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Giant Strawberry Pranks Dogs with Strawberry: Funny Dogs Maymo, Penny, & Potpie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG_rv_upo3Y
Large Strawberry made by Jumbo Jibbles: https://jumbojibbles.com/
Giant Strawberry Pranks Dogs: 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 Strawberry Mascot! these three cute beagle dogs are sitting on the couch (dressed like strawberries) when their peaceful day is interrupted by a giant swinging strawberry on a string. When they explore to see who's controlling the string, things get wild! #funnydogs #prank #mascot #cachorro #engraçado #मजेदार #कुत्तेकी Music:
"Dub Spirit" by Jingle Punks, "Rodeo Show" by the Green Orbs and "Move Out" by MK2 …

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Every day is the day to ask – Are you OK?

Supporting one another through life’s ups and downs is something we all need to do.  The R U OK? campaign encourages everyone to act when we they see signs that someone’s struggling, notice changes or just feel that something’s not quite right with a friend, loved one, a colleague or a team mate. We don’t need to have all the answers if someone says they are not ok, but we can listen, let them know we care, and start a meaningful conversation that might change a life.  Virgin Australia is proud to be an official partner of this powerful initiative – showing that every day is the day to ask, ‘Are you OK?’. 

Image from Virgin Australia

R U OK? is hitting the road on a six-week Conversation Convoy – travelling 14,000 km and visiting 25 communities to show Australians that every day is the day…

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Dogs vs Dancing Flower Man Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Dogs vs Dancing Flower Man Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo & 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 & Potpie get pranked by a chubby dancing flower man in a fat suit. These two cute beagle dogs are surprised to find a room full of giant flowers in their dining room…but the real fun begins when a 'flower' man in a fat suit shows up to dance with them! #danceparty #funnydogs #weird #dancingdog #कुत्तेकी #कुत्ता #नृत्य #dançando #cachorros Music: "Hidden Agenda" and "Greko Sketch" by Kevin MacLeod are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200102
Artist: http://incompetech.com/ …

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The toughest, most rewarding challenge of my life

Help, my kids are trying to kill me! We’re having the toughest, most rewarding time of our lives on the Virgin Strive Challenge. Tomorrow, we are starting at 5am. We’ve got 155km to cover in a day. On that same day we will be biking half the height of Everest – 4500 metres. The first thousand metres are essentially straight up, as we climb up and up to start the hike across the mountains the following day. I’m told it will be one of the most stunning and challenging hikes in the world. The scenery is astoundingly beautiful, from Roman forts to picturesque vistas – but the climbs just keep coming.

Image by Adam Slama

What’s now been interesting to me on this Challenge is to see the difference in what my body is capable of compared to two years ago. Before the last Virgin…

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My top tips on how to break down barriers

I’m often asked why inclusion is so important to business and the best ways to foster a happy, inclusive, productive culture. In our latest Spotlight Series on Virgin.com, Breaking Barriers, we are looking at how people fulfil their work and career potential. We’re sharing how we’re trying to do things differently across the Virgin Group, and getting inspiration from what other companies are doing.

Image from Virgin.com

Here are my top tips on how to break down barriers at work: 1.            Include everyone The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people. It is about giving equal access and opportunities, moving from tolerance to acceptance, overcoming biases and getting rid of discrimination. Essentially it is about letting everyone be themselves and valuing them. I’m proud of Virgin Holidays’ campaigns standing up for the LGBT+ community and Virgin Media’s Work With Me campaign which aims…

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Dogs vs Annoying Hamster: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Hamster Critter made by: http://overstuft.com/
Dogs vs Annoying Hamster: Funny Dogs Maymo & 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 & Potpie get pranked by an annoying hamster! This crazy creature interrupts video games, ruins Maymo's recipes and rips down curtains! Watch how these cute beagle dogs react to the annoying rodent! #funnydogs #prank #gaming #hamster #videogame #creature #pranks #dogs Music:
"AI 2" by Vibe Mountain, "Dangerous" by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100414,
and "Fun Activity Montage" by Biz Baz Studio
Artist: http://incompetech.com/ …

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How Virgin Voyages is working to be the cleanest fleet at sea

Virgin Voyages is on a mission to make the world a better place in everything they do. “We are committed to having one of the cleanest fleets at sea,” Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages’ President and CEO said. “Which is why we are committed to creating the right partnerships to help make our ships as ocean-friendly as possible.” One of the partnerships that Virgin Voyages has formed is with Sweden-based Climeon, aiming to majorly reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by converting the heat from the ship’s engines into electricity. One Climeon unit can produce enough energy to power 250 normal households and each Virgin Voyages ship will have six units, giving it the potential to power about 1,500 households. This will provide not only power for the cabins and suites but also the onboard restaurants, casino and other venues.

Image from Virgin Voyages

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From The Rebel Billionaire to a $56 million IPO

Many years ago, on a TV show called The Rebel Billionaire, I offered an entrepreneur a choice: take a cheque for $1 million – or toss a coin to double their money, or lose it all.

Image from Shawn Nelson

The person I gave that choice to was Shawn Nelson, who is the founder of modern furniture company Lovesac. He wisely took the money. It has been a rollercoaster ride for him since, going from the brink of losing everything to raising $56 million in Lovesac’s recent IPO.

Image from Getty Images

There’s plenty of lessons to be learned from Shawn’s story. But none more so than the value of perseverance. Show me an entrepreneur who says they have never failed and I will show you a liar. We all fail – that is what…

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Getting ready for the Virgin Strive Challenge 2018

We’re about to start the Virgin Strive Challenge and I’ve been training hard over the past few months to get in shape.

Image from the Branson Family

The challenge is the most adventurous yet, with a route that will see us cycling and sea kayaking across Sardinia, hiking across Corsica, cycling and hiking across France and finishing by climbing up Europe’s tallest mountain, Mont Blanc. One of my favourite things about the Virgin Strive Challenge is meeting lots of different people from all walks of life who all want to create positive change – it makes it easier to keep trekking up that mountain when the conversation is inspiring.

Image from Adam Slama

We’ve all come together to strive for Big Change, the social impact accelerator co-founded by my children, which helps young people thrive in…

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Dogs vs Bowling Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny

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Dogs vs Bowling Prank: Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny
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, Potpie & Penny get pranked by a giant bowling pin! These dogs are having fun using their inflatable bowling set when an unexpected visitor drops in and surprises the cute beagle dogs. Watch the dogs dance with the giant bowling pin mascot man, then attack him and send him out the door (literally!). #funnydogs #prank #funnyprank #bowling #mascot Music: "Almost August" by Dan Lebowitz and "Skuba Drive" by Quincas Moreira …

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Reopening Necker Island with the Extreme Tech Challenge

Delighted that Necker Island will soon be open again as we continue the recovery from Hurricane Irma. I’m looking forward to welcoming our first guests of 2018 back to Necker – the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC).

Image from XTC

The XTC finals were due to take place earlier this year, but the team moved the dates so they could still hold the event on Necker. The final will take place on October 19th, and I’m proud to be helping to judge the winner again. This year’s finalists have already got through three stages to reach Necker, winning through a nerve-wracking public pitch at CES, the world’s biggest technology trade show in Las Vegas. They are:  Power Ledger a blockchain-based peer-to-peer energy trading platform from Perth, Australia; Owlet Baby Care, a healthcare platform and baby monitoring system from the Utah; and Revl, a smart action,…

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Chef Dogs Cook Chicken Noodle Soup: Funny Dogs Maymo & Potpie

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Chef Dogs Cook Chicken Noodle Soup: Funny Dogs Maymo & 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 chef dogs Maymo & Potpie cook chicken noodle soup for Penny! These two cute beagle dogs make a perfect duo in the kitchen – dicing up veggies and taste-testing their soup recipe until it's perfect! Wait til the end to watch them serve it to their 'sick' friend, Penny! #cooking #recipe #funnydogs #tutorial #funnydog #chef Music: "Mr. Sunny Face" by Wayne Jones …

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How Virgin Money and Sofar Sounds are keeping shared experiences alive

Throughout the Creative Matters Spotlight series we’ve been striving to gain a greater understanding of the impact of music, film and art on wider society. What better way to do so, we thought, than by teaming up with a global community dedicated to supporting new creative talent and bringing people together. We recently hosted a gig with Sofar Sounds in one of Virgin Money’s Lounges, to which our readers were given the chance to purchase queue-jumping tickets and join us at the show. The evening saw an intimate crowd take in performances from three very different acts; The Last Dinosaur, Acantha Lang and Three Laws. While the music might be the motivating factor to attend for many, the benefits are far greater. Speaking to Virgin before the event, Sofar Sounds founder and CEO Rafe Offer explained why the shows give people something different from the usual gig-going experience. “Sofar brings people together for a shared…

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How a teenager is turning frustrations into opportunities

It’s so wonderful seeing entrepreneurial spirit alive in young teenagers who are turning their frustrations into opportunities. I was in Menorca recently having lunch with Kate Winslet and we met a wonderful young entrepreneur who, even in a challenging situation, is finding ways to make his ideas come alive.

Image from Iolo Edwards

Iolo Edwards is a 13-year-old from Wales who has been quite poorly recently and was diagnosed with Acute Severe Ulcerative Colitis. In order to save his life, he had to have surgery to remove his bowel in April. He said he hated the stoma bags that he left hospital with – they were beige and looked really old-fashioned. He said he spent a long time looking at different products that would suit him better and settled with a plain black or white bag. He said there were loads of patterned bags…

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Dog vs Zombie R2D2 Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soOFc5oqAzc
Zombie R2D2 made by Travis Mullins: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TravisMullinsArt
Dog vs Zombie R2D2 Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny
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, Potpie & Penny get pranked with a scary zombie R2D2! Potpie enlists the help of Maymo in exterminating their unexpected guest, Star Wars robot R2D2. However, just when they think they've destroyed the annoying creature, it returns in zombie form! #dog #r2d2 #zombie #starwars #funnydogs #prank Music: "Batty McFaddin – Silent Film Light" and "Merry Go" by Kevin MacLeod are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200003
Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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"Greeting the Day with a Smile" by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions …

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There’s nothing more important than family

I wouldn’t be where I am today without my family and their unwavering support. They are my inspiration, the best sounding board and a constant source of new ideas.

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There is nothing more wonderful than spending quality time with family. It is so important to recharge, reconnect and relax with the people you love. How do you make time for what’s important?

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Behind the scenes at Virgin Galactic

It was wonderful to see our spaceship VSS Unity successfully completing her third rocket powered, supersonic test flight in less than four months. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams at Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company that we are making such great progress. I love hearing about all the preparation that goes on behind the scenes and feeling the excitement radiate off the team. 

Image from Virgin Galactic

In this video, Virgin Galactic’s Vice President Julia Hunter, who has been with the team for more than 12 years, describes her journey and why she thinks going to space is so important.

She recounts how it all started with the Ansari X Prize – a challenge aimed at bringing some private sector flair into human spaceflight. The rules focused on…

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Funny Dogs vs Giant Carrot Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baiHe9kSa4M
Huge carrots made by Jumbo Jibbles: https://jumbojibbles.com/
Funny Dogs vs Giant Carrot Prank! Funny Dogs Maymo, Potpie & Penny
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 their owner with a giant carrot! These three cute beagle dogs are speechless when confronted with what they think is a huge carrot…until a larger carrot comes along…and then an even larger carrot shows up…with arms! Music: "Good Starts" by Jingle Punks, "About That Oldie" by Vibe Tracks, and "Mariachiando" by Doug Maxwell/Jimmy Fontanez …

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Get up and dance

People love to ask what makes the Virgin brand different from other brands – it’s all about the people who work for us and their attitude towards having fun.

A post shared by Richard Branson (@richardbranson) on Aug 3, 2018 at 1:37am PDT

There’s nothing that breaks the ice more at a function than blasting some great music and getting everyone up on the table for a bit of dancing. Zorba the Greek music always gets a dinner party going and is great to table dance to. 

Image from Virgin Voyages

I was in Fincantieri’s shipyard in Italy recently celebrating the name reveal of Virgin Voyages new ship (we called her the Scarlet Lady, in case you were wondering). Shipyard’s aren’t typically the best place for celebrations and parties but our team had transformed the area (usually used…

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Why I love crowdfunding

Now is the best time there has ever been to be an entrepreneur starting or growing a business. In 2015 I wrote that crowdfunding will change the world, but the speed of its impact has surpassed even my expectations. 

Image by Owen Billcliff

In the UK the biggest crowdfunding platform, CrowdCube, has raised more than £390m in equity investment to help businesses scale. £130m of that was in 2017 alone. On a more global scale, rewards based crowdfunding platform Indiegogo (which we are proud investors in) is close to having generated an incredible $1.5bn for businesses and projects. That’s quite a crowd!

Image from Virgin StartUp

It’s incredible how this new format of fundraising has helped so many businesses find the cash and support they need. Many of these entrepreneurs would have ended up trying…

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Creative matters for Student Magazine

I recently got chance to see all of the editions of Student Magazine together. It had been a long time since I’d seen the original versions and was great to get the distinctive feel of holding them in my hands.

Image from Virgin.com

Student gave young people a voice and challenged perceptions of youth culture, covering everything from pop culture and music to the Vietnam and Biafra wars. While looking through the magazines, I read my original editorial from the first issue. I think it set our stall out pretty well. One part of it highlighted one of the aims of the magazine – to reframe the way young people were seen.

Image from Virgin.com

“In the last few years there has been more widespread interest in the student age group than ever before. But…

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