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Posted on: 6 June 2013
The annual Bilderberg meeting starts today in Watford. Attendance is by invitation only, with delegates drawn from the upper echelons of international politics, finance and commerce.
Posted on: 5 June 2013
The EC is keen to shift Euroland away from fossil fuels and into cheap renewable energy. But not too keen. And certainly not too cheap.
Posted on: 4 June 2013
All Euroland readings yesterday were below 50, thus indicative of falling activity, but all were also better on the month. Unfortunately, better was not good enough to match Britain's 51.3, let along Switzerland's 52.2.
Posted on: 3 June 2013
As always at the beginning of the month, PMIs are in the main attraction today...
Posted on: 30 May 2013
New UK planning legislation comes into force today. One of its aims is that, by loosening the regulations about change of use, it will reverse the "cycle of decline" that has brought growing numbers of boarded-up shop fronts to provincial high streets.
Posted on: 29 May 2013
Researchers have discovered that people who undergo surgery on a Friday are less likely to survive it than those who have their operations on other days of the week.
Posted on: 28 May 2013
The Sherpas who look after Everest have a serious traffic problem as a result of the numbers trying to get to the top and down again...
Posted on: 24 May 2013
There was no massive reaction from the pound but on average it is lower on the day. Whilst it gained half a US cent and strengthened by a similar proportion against the Northern Scandinavian crowns it lost ground almost everywhere else...
Posted on: 23 May 2013
A handful of newspapers carry a story about a "giant badger" terrorising pupils at the imaginatively-named Folkestone School for Girls, a school for girls in Folkestone.
Posted on: 22 May 2013
Researchers have discovered that people working in London spend more time travelling to and from work than anywhere else in Britain.
Posted on: 21 May 2013
Investors either failed to notice the prime minister's missive to Tory foot soldiers or missed the surrealism of a party leader beseeching his members to go along with whatever tangential policy wheeze he and his chums dream up on the spur of the moment...
Posted on: 20 May 2013
The euro fared reasonably well last week though, keeping pace with the pound and losing only a cent and a quarter to the US Dollar.
Posted on: 17 May 2013
It looked yesterday evening as though the Tory rebellion, which saw 130 voting against the Queen's Speech in the House of Commons, might be damaging to sterling.
Posted on: 16 May 2013
The Secretary of State for Education has come up with a "radical rethink" about GCSE examination grades. Instead of A*******, A******, A*****, A****, A***, A**, A*, A, B and C he proposes grades of 1 to 10.
Posted on: 15 May 2013
Researchers have discovered a link between the number of Subway sandwich shops in a country and the obesity of its citizens.