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Posted on: 6 March 2014
After a quiet start to the year the food police are back in action. The last couple of days have brought calls to ban sugary drinks and high-protein foods because they are bad for you.
Posted on: 5 March 2014
La Fédération Française des Trufficulteurs is dedicated to the growing and marketing of that most furtive of fungi, the truffle. Being French, it is fiercely protective of its products, not least because they sell for a lot of money; over £400 per kilogramme according to this morning's papers or £1,687/kg on Amazon.
Posted on: 4 March 2014
The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has been relatively muted recently in his remarks about the overvaluation of his currency but he can't help himself
Posted on: 3 March 2014
Unemployment in Sweden is currently running at 8.6%, with 4,619,000 people out of work. Some 61,000 of them are registered with the job centre in Stockholm.
Posted on: 28 February 2014
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis regulators declared open season on the banks. They saw them as potential cash cows that could be milked without fear of recrimination by voters...
Posted on: 27 February 2014
Researchers asked 570 people what they most disliked about "modern life". The runaway winner was the machine that says "unexpected item in the bagging area" but a surprising number of people detest plastic cups with almost equal venom.
Posted on: 26 February 2014
The Independent newspaper reveals statistics from the Wine Institute, which show that the highest annual consumption is in the Vatican City where the 836 residents apparently imbibe 74 litres of wine per capita.
Posted on: 25 February 2014
The Scottish and UK prime ministers both decided to mount their own dog and pony show in Aberdeen yesterday.
Posted on: 24 February 2014
The Army's elite Special Air Service has fallen foul of that other doughty defender of the nation, the Health and Safety Executive.
Posted on: 21 February 2014
Sterling unchanged against euro and Swiss franc, and almost unchanged against USD and Northern Scandinavian crowns...
Posted on: 20 February 2014
Yesterday's UK employment data receives varied coverage in this morning's papers. The Daily Telegraph trumpets that, for the first time in half a decade, wages are rising faster than prices.
Posted on: 19 February 2014
The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven, New York, is a giant particle physics research apparatus that will collide heavy ions with one another at close to the speed of light.
Posted on: 18 February 2014
This morning the Bank of Japan announced that it would continue its aggressive easing of monetary policy and that commercial banks would be able to borrow twice as much cheap money as before.
Posted on: 14 February 2014
Enrico Letta stood down as premier yesterday to clear the way for his replacement, Matteo Renzi, after nearly ten months in office.
Posted on: 13 February 2014
After the three largest UK political parties united yesterday to proscribe currency union with an independent Scotland it is hard not to sympathise with the Scottish nationalists who accuse Westminster politicians of bluff and bluster.