Month: May 2021

business networking platform

BUSINESS

What is GBnexus? This question can be answered in many different ways but the simplest answer is that it is a business networking platform. This network provides a means for small and medium-sized companies to be able to promote their businesses both locally and internationally.

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KUMAGAYA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 29: Georgian players stand for the national anthem during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Georgia and Uruguay at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Levan Verdzeuli/Getty Images)

SPORT

If the history of Georgian rugby players in Britain has only recently begun in earnest, then the story of British players in Georgia goes back much further. There are even theories that the origins of Georgian rugby come not from the Frenchman Haspekian, but as an accidental export from the British Isles. One story goes that when a British cargo ship stopped in Batumi in the 1890s, some men working in the port invited them for a game of Lelo burti, where the Brits taught the Georgians some of their rugby skills. There are other rumours of games of rugby played between British and Georgian dockers in Poti in the 1920s.

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georgian-cuisine-table

FOOD & WINE

Georgian cuisine is one of the most flavourful in the world, with a plethora of aromatic herbs and spices and regional diversity; this small country really outdoes itself in an abundance of dishes. If you have only seen Georgian cuisine on Instagram, it may seem that it is all calorie-laden cheese bread and meat, but Georgia is honestly one of the easiest countries in the world to eat a plant-based diet.

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Georgian ceramics

ACCESSORIES

It’s well documented that Georgia has ancient roots, the first humans – Homo Erectus Georgicus, that is – that were found here date back 1.8 million years. The history of Georgian ceramics starts early on too, in the Neolithic period. It seems Georgians at this time had already mastered relief-making on top of ceramics: A clay wine vessel – considered to be the oldest wine vessel in the world – found in the region of Kvemo Kartli, has details of grapevine canes, signalling that winemaking had become or was becoming a big part of the local culture.

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George Balanchini-Georgian dancer

GEORGIANS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED THE WESTERN WORLD

Born in 1904, into a highly music-oriented family of a renowned composer as a father, and a mother who excelled at playing the piano, George Balanchine (né Giorgi Balanchivadze) first tried his luck with the piano at the age of five. When he was nine, he was already taking ballet classes and by the time he was fourteen, he had fallen in love so much with the exquisite dance that he refused to move back to Georgia, like the rest of the Balanchivadzes did, finding it harder to part with ballet than his family. He would only see his younger brother, Andrea, 45 years later, when he returned to the USSR with the New York City Ballet troupe.

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illustrated book

CULTURE

Every language is wrought by the history of the people, their land, their labour, their character, customs, mentality, faiths and attitudes. Languages are a testament to the things that matter to its native speakers. The incessant state of war in the country is reflected in Georgian greetings. There is no ‘hello’, ‘good morning’ or ‘good night’ here, instead it’s ‘victory to you’ or ‘morning of peace’ and ‘night of peace’.

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Georgian map-position

GEORGIAN – BRITISH TRADE

For the UK, Georgia might be a small market, but this can be substantiated by the country’s location. Georgia has historically been at the edge of both empires and entire continents – Asia and Europe. This has been both an asset and a hindrance to the development of the country. A hindrance because it attracted foreign invaders, and an asset because Georgia’s location allowed the country to position itself as a major transit hub between Europe and Central Asia.

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