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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Omar Matadar on Learning Arabic and Islamic New Year

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Omar Matadar on Learning Arabic and Islamic New Year
Adam Cox is joined by Omar Matadar, of Qasid Arabic Institute, to discuss why Arabic can be such a difficult, but rewarding, language to learn. They also discuss Islamic New Year, and how people across the globe celebrated the occasion. Omar also explains common words used in modern vernacular, taken from Arabic routes. https://www.qasid.com/
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Omar Matardar


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Out of the holiday loop? Our overseas summer travel special - top tips for a successful trip

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Out of the holiday loop? Our overseas summer travel special - top tips for a successful trip
This summer has seen travel demand rebound and for many, it could be their first overseas jaunt since before the pandemic. For that reason, there may be some rusty holidaymakers out there. But fear not, Lee Boyce, Helen Crane and Georgie Frost are at hand to help get you in the holiday mood (kind of). They talk about what you need to think about before a trip, from sorting out your passport with plenty of time to why it is imperative to have good quality insurance. It may not be sexy, but it is vital. Then, while you're away, what to think about in terms of spending money and little tips and tricks to save cash. We also ask if the days of cheap flights are over thanks to fuel price rises, whether chickenpox just before you go away means an automatic refund and more pearls of wisdom from decades of travel experience. Elsewhere, there are dire pension warnings linked to inflation. A new study believes that fewer than two in five households will be on course for a decent retirement due to the soaring cost of living. What can be done about it? And a large factor of that soaring cost of living is energy bills. Next month, we'll fully know just how high the price cap will head. Many are facing bill rises that they simply cannot afford. One part of the cost that is a real bugbear for many are standing charges. What are they and why can they not simply be cut?
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Helen Crane


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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Josiah Citrin on How to Make the Most Out of BBQ Season

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Josiah Citrin on How to Make the Most Out of BBQ Season
Adam Cox is joined by acclaimed chef and restaurateur from Santa Monica, Josiah Citrin, head chef and owner of the two-Michelin starred Mélisse Restaurant, and BBQ restaurant, Charcoal Venice, to discuss how to make the most out of BBQ season. He explains how he got into cooking and talks about some tricks he's picked up throughout his career as a chef. He speaks about the Friendship Cities agreement between Santa Monica and Brighton, and great food recommendations in both the UK and Santa Monica. www.santamonica.com
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Josiah Citrin


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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Nick Hounsfield and Llewellyn Nicholls ahead of International Surfing Day

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Nick Hounsfield and Llewellyn Nicholls ahead of International Surfing Day
Adam Cox is joined by Nick Hounsfield, Founder of inland surfing destination The Wave, and bodyboarder, Llewellyn Nicholls, ahead of International Surfing Day to discuss the benefits of surfing. Nick explains what The Wave is and how people can get into surfing, whilst Llewellyn talks about the challenge he is undertaking on the 21 June. www.thewave.com
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Nick Hounsfield, Llewellyn Nicholls


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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Dave McFadden on Tourism in Washington State

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Dave McFadden on Tourism in Washington State
Adam Cox is joined by Dave McFadden, Managing Director of the Economic Development Division of the Port of Seattle, to look at why Washington State and the city of Seattle are ideal locations for holidaymakers this year. Dave offers some tips for first-time visitors and some of the 'must see' attractions in Seattle, in addition to elaborating on things found in Seattle which won't be seen anywhere else in the U.S. www.stateofwatourism.com www.portseattle.org
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Dave McFadden


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: Is this the end of summer holidays? The pain in Spain and what happens next

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: Is this the end of summer holidays? The pain in Spain and what happens next
After a great deal of fuss about air bridges and people being able to go on summer holiday, things suddenly changed last weekend. A swift about turn saw a 14 day quarantine period imposed for those arriving in the UK from Spain at just six hours’ notice, hitting tens of thousands of holidaymakers who are there already, those with trips booked and leaving Britons hoping for some Spanish sunshine stuck in travel limbo… again. So is this the end of summer holidays for 2020? Are holidays to Spain off the cards for some time, and can you go to France, Italy, Greece or anywhere else safe in the knowledge you can come home and not have to take an extra fortnight off work? On this week’s podcast Georgie Frost – in Spain and facing a 14 day quarantine if she can get back – is joined by Simon Lambert and Grace Gausden to talk holidays, travel insurance, refunds, air bridges and whether even a staycation is safe. Plus, as savings rates take another tumble should you lock your money away for five years at 1.1 per cent just to protect against further falls? And finally, is buy-to-let back? A stamp duty cut, low rates and a weaker property market has got property investors interested again but are they saving money now just to lose it in future?
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Simon Lambert


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Adam Cox

Modern Mindset: Funny in Canada

Adam Cox
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Modern Mindset

Modern Mindset: Funny in Canada
Adam Cox talks to comedian James Mullinger, who left the UK for a new life in Canada. While James had moderate success in the London comedy scene, his career exploded when he made the move to Canada. James discusses why Canada isn’t the land of snow and ice that most people assume it is and that, due to its size, it’s actually much more varied than most Brits would know. He reveals how his unique perspective on Canada as an outsider helped his comedy career, and explains why Canada makes such a great place for a holiday.
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James Mullinger


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: It might save you money but does the mortgage price war spell trouble in the future?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: It might save you money but does the mortgage price war spell trouble in the future?
The mortgage price war claimed a high profile victim this week as Tesco Bank scrapped lending. Tesco Bank will continue with its other products, but why has it ditched mortgages, why have a string of other smaller players shut their doors in recent months, and why did building society behemoth Nationwide issue its own caution on home loans this week? On this week’s podcast, Simon Lambert, Sarah Davidson and Georgie Frost dive into what is currently a weird world of mortgages: where a greater supply of money to lend than demand to borrow it means there are some very cheap deals on offer. Also on this week’s show, the team look at a reader’s problem with a neighbour upstairs, who has stripped the floor back to floorboards and is creating noise issues, despite a lease that says there must be carpets. How do you enforce that? Thomas Cook’s troubles and what they mean for holidaymakers are under the spotlight too. And finally, ever wondered why sometimes drivers get a ticket but at others escape with just a warning, or what really drives police officers mad behind the wheel?
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Simon Lambert, Sarah Davidson


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Georgie Frost

This is Money: What should we do about inheritance tax - and is it time to cut it?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This is Money: What should we do about inheritance tax - and is it time to cut it?
Inheritance tax is a conundrum. Just 5 per cent of estates currently incur it but it’s been voted Britain’s most unfair major tax. Even with the number of people hit by it expected to double, it seems we just don’t like the concept. It’s no wonder then that the Chancellor commissioned a report into it from the Office of Tax Simplification, but no one forecast that to be as damning about the system as it was. It’s complicated, more than ten times as many bereaved families have to fill in forms as pay it, and it turns out the very rich pay proportionally less than those directly below them. Does that make inheritance tax ripe for a change and how could it be adjusted? Simon Lambert and Georgie Frost discuss that on this week’s podcast. Also, on the show they discuss why tenants are still waiting for a fees ban, whether the latest move to curb private parking tickets goes far enough and the least reliable cars you can buy second hand. And finally, we’ve all heard the one about how airlines might use your browsing history to hike flight costs, but have you heard about error fares that can get you somewhere for a fraction of the normal price? And more to the point are both these true. We bust five flight booking myths.
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Simon Lambert


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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: How a child benefit form can lose you state pension?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: How a child benefit form can lose you state pension?
Child benefit and state pension - It’s not the most obvious link. But if you are a parent who is looking after a child instead of working, you need to register for child benefit in order to build up your entitlement in retirement age. Austerity swept away the universal child benefit and those households where one parent earns more than £50,000 have to start giving it back until it is removed altogether above £60,000. Unsurprisingly, many who fall into this bracket simply opt not to take it and see no point in registering. Unfortunately, mums and dads who stopped work to look after children are now finding they’ve missed building up their state pension. It should be easy to fix, but HMRC and the government have been stalling parents affected. That’s why This is Money has started a campaign to get this mess fixed, before it gets any worse. On this week’s podcast, Simon Lambert, Lee Boyce and Georgie Frost discuss how this all happened and why it matters to not just those affected. And finally, can you really have a weekend away in Europe, flights and a decent hotel for £57? Yes you can, thanks to a very clever new website we tracked down.
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Simon Lambert


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