According to China Daily, Sean Connery is opening Alba House as the New York City base of his Friends of Scotland charity. The building is a refurbished townhouse.

The Scotsman is convinced this project “will infuriate the Scottish government,”

Sir Sean Connery has turned a swanky Manhattan building into Alba House – a kind of unofficial Scottish embassy to be used by businessmen and academics from the old country when they need a base in the Big Apple.

The project is a fascinating one -not least because it will infuriate the Scottish government, whose own attempts at establishing a presence in the States have met with only limited success.

The Scotsman Himself