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London asked Apple to sponsor Garden Bridge


The Garden Bridge, brought to you by Apple?
The Garden Bridge, brought to you by Apple?
Photo: Garden Bridge Trust

London Mayor Boris Johnson asked Apple to help him build the city’s controversial Garden Bridge, according to a report that reveals the politician flew to Cupertino in February of 2013 to pitch the company on becoming the project’s corporate sponsor.

Apple executives met with the mayor to hear about the ambitious pedestrian bridge project that will stretch across the River Thames. Also present in the meeting was British architect Thomas Heatherwick who designed the Garden Bridge.

London’s mayor defends Apple’s tax practices in E.U.


London's mayor doesn't think Apple's necessarily in the wrong.
Photo: Universal Pictures

Apple’s tax situation in Europe is currently the subject of an E.U. investigation — and public opinion hasn’t been helped too much by Google recently agreeing to pay what many view as a derisory sum of £130 million ($185m) in U.K. back taxes for the past ten years.

But Cupertino has an unexpected champion in the form of tousle-haired London mayor (and possible next Prime Minister) Boris Johnson. Kind of.