The UK's worsening infrastructure is making us ever less competitive. Dan Lewis is the author of a report on the problem for the Institute of Directors. He explains what we should be doing about broadband and the 5G rollout as well as calling for digitised railway signalling throughout the country, improved data capture on roads and greater use of buses and coaches. Transportation for the Northern Powerhouse, he believes, should avoid the expense of land purchases and going underground with tunnels for Maglevs or Hyperloops.
Steve Caplin peers through his pince-nez at a Photoshop add-on to detect digitally-altered images, a headset to help you sleep, a football pitch-painting robot, Volvo's self-parking yacht, a smart tail-light for bikes and a clever extra screen for laptop users as well as wincing at the New Yorker who made a stool using no tools whatsoever.
In the financial crash and subsequent financial scandals, The Big Four accountancy firms have largely escaped censure. In a fascinating new book, Bean Counters: The Triumph of the Accountants and How They Broke Capitalism, investigative journalist Richard Brooks highlights how far the global giants have moved from traditional auditing and exposes their conflicts of interests and inadequacies which, he says, pose a considerable threat to financial stability.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Nike hits an all-time high; Bed Bath & Beyond flounders, as BJ’s Wholesale Club has a surprisingly strong IPO; Amazon moves in on the pharmacy business; McCormick serves up a spicy quarter; And the SEC has a few questions for National Beverage.
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the vote to expand Heathrow and the way in which the two main parties have both done 180-degree turns, the extra money pledged for the NHS and where it might come from and the latest developments in the ongoing saga that is Brexit.
Steve Caplin looks at the recent outage worldwide for Google Home and Chromecast as well as US companies blocking European access in the wake of GDPR. He also looks at haptic messaging, how you can own a piece of a Warhol, Makita's bulky cooling jacket, 3D models of pets and a scent-based alarm clock.
James Cameron Wilson reviews the UK's new number 1 film, Ocean's 8, though points out it OUGHT to be in 2nd place. He also looks at two films that didn't make the top 10, the German Cannes and Golden Globes winner In The Fade and Trudie Styler-directed Freak Show. He also reveals just how affected he was when he saw new home release You Were Never Really Here, directed by Lynne Ramsay.
Helal Miah of The Share Centre looks back at recent figures from Carnival, Whitbread, Stagecoach and Greene King and ahead to forthcoming results from Costain, Sainsbury, Associated British Foods and Persimmon.
Want to keep up with the latest earnings updates from the States? Well join Chris Hill and the Motley Fool Radio Show team here on Share Radio, direct from Washington DC, for news, views and analysis of the US stocks that matter. In this week's show: Disney increases its offer for 21st Century Fox; Kroger delivers; CarMax and Winnebago rev up; GE gets the boot; Starbucks cools off; And Chipotle expands its menu.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers recent NHS scandals and wonders whether the monopolistic nature of medicine is largely to blame. He also considers how culture wars are replacing class wars and what this might mean for British politics and the debate over legalisation of cannabis. Finally, he considers whether Brexit might lead to more and better immigration.