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08 July 2014 17:10
Technology, of the type with which we’ve become remarkably familiar over the past two decades, can be absolutely wonderful when it works, although it becomes a nightmare when it doesn’t. We all know this, but a couple of fairly recent examples of mine...
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07 July 2014 15:03
Although we appear, for now, to be over the very worst, it has taken the most damaging financial crisis since the 1930s for many folk to realise that some elements of daily life which we previously took for granted will no longer be available, or if they...
03 July 2014 10:22
Few readers would be shocked to discover that scores of savers and investors are increasingly willing to accept a greater level of investment risk than many had ever considered acceptable, or even prudent. The weight of evidence, both anecdotal and statistical,...
18 June 2014 17:42
So the official inflation figure has fallen to 1.5 percent. Excuse my
scepticism and failure to hang out the bunting, but with so many
everyday items excluded from the official calculation, the likelihood is
that a more accurate figure is nearer...
12 June 2014 17:41
I’m not sure whether my love of industrial museums nurtured a deep
interest in Britain’s industrial revolution, a phenomenal, two-century
upheaval which effectively changed manufacturing, agricultural and
trading processes across the globe, or whether...
04 June 2014 18:42
Those of us who pay much closer attention to the ‘beautiful game’
than is probably good for our health have endured a week of mixed
emotions.First came weekend revelations that a former FIFA
vice-president had allegedly paid officials millions of...
01 June 2014 16:01
Unless they’re discussing algorithms (highly unlikely), backtracking
is rarely a good idea for a politician – not as though this particular
Westminster platitude prevents regular, difficult-to-hide examples of
the political re-think.Irrespective...
22 May 2014 09:25
Although, like everything else unearthed amidst the ether, it’s of
wildly variable quality, the sheer volume of philosophy it’s possible to
stumble across online is hugely impressive.Granted, the vast
majority of it is little more than well known,...
11 May 2014 14:40
Assuming they think about it at all, Britain’s younger generations
are almost certain to consider inflation a defeated, benign force. In
truth, it passes most of us by: an inconvenient, irritating aspect of
everyday life which conspires to have...
07 May 2014 17:27
As important events go, it was never likely to be on a par with that
monumental, jump-out-of-the-bath ‘eureka’ moment which led to the
establishment of Archimedes Principle.This rule of physics, you
will recall from your days studying science at...
01 May 2014 09:30
A good friend, a man I’ve known for more than three decades, retired last autumn at the age of 55.Over
a beer several years ago, he admitted that he had grown to despise his
job. “Why don’t you just leave?” I asked, rather naively. As his
24 April 2014 08:35
It seems that, ever since those bygone days of the eighties when we
experienced our first, prolonged and widespread property boom, estate
agents have been on the receiving end of a bad press.Caricatures
of the day separated agents into two groups:...
10 April 2014 17:22
I suspect that Britain’s adult population has learnt more about
annuities since the Chancellor’s dramatic Budget than it has in the past
few decades.Prior to 19th March, most people in their forties
and fifties had no idea that there was a legal...
02 April 2014 15:41
It’s started. Following George Osborne’s ‘revolutionary’ pensions
pronouncements in the Budget, it would appear that everyone and his
brother are now assuming (incorrectly) that upon reaching their
mid-fifties, all 55-year-olds will automatically...
26 March 2014 15:13
For more than a week now, there’s been a broad smile evident across the faces of Britain’s army of beleaguered savers, most still basking in the warm glow of a Budget that finally, belatedly, did them a few favours. Never before in living memory has a...
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