James Cameron-Wilson casts his eye over a quieter week at the UK box office. He reviews web thriller Searching and outrageous puppet movie The Happytime Murders. He also discusses the French movie Custody, now out for home release.
What should investors be watching for the rest of 2018? What are investors missing in today’s market? Analysts Jason Moser and Matt Argersinger tackle those questions and share a few stocks on their radar. Plus, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell...
Graham Spooner of The Share Centre looks back at results from Bunzl and James Fisher and looks at why UK markets are so lacklustre compared to those making fresh highs in the United States. He also looks ahead to forthcoming results from WPP, Barratt Developments, Berkeley Group and Melrose Industries.
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University talks to Simon Rose about the biggest war games since the end of the Cold War and why the Russians have invited the Chinese to take part. He also discusses whether the Taliban are on the back foot in Afghanistan and uses the discovery of a gun factory in East Sussex to look at the history of the UK government cracking down on gun ownership.
James Cameron-Wilson looks at a UK box office that continues to thrive, with takings up massively on 2017. He reviews the week's new films, including BlacKkKlansman, The Spy Who Dumped Me and The Children Act. Liking the latter enormously, he wonders why it is showing in so few screens despite having the second-best per screen average. He also recommends, on home release, In The Fade, starring Diane Kruger.
Steve Caplin discusses robotic aerial sheepdogs (with performance problems), the French crows tidying litter, copycat scientists trying to ween us off salt, sound technology to let four people in a car listen to different music, the "Where's Waldo?" facial recognition robot, an expandable electric car, magnetic eyelashes and problems with unfettered electric bikes.
Target posts its best quarter in a decade, Alibaba drops despite a strong first quarter report, Pepsi buys SodaStream, Gap struggles with its namesake brand, Investors put sports retailers in the penalty box, and Lowe’s hits an all-time high.
With the heavy push towards university education in recent years, have we been neglecting apprenticeships as an option for school-leavers? Simon Rose talked to Neil Hammond of the National Careers Service and Josh Tapper, former star of Gogglebox, who took up an apprenticeship in the Civil Service. They both believe the pendulum needs to swing back towards technical and vocational training.
Political commentator Mike Indian, author of the Groucho Tendency blog, looks at Jeremy Corbyn's Edinburgh speech, assessing his attitude towards journalism, new media and the BBC. He also looks at the Government's no-deal Brexit plans and the divisiveness of the calls for a second EU referendum. He also wonders how the calls for Donald Trump's impeachment might affect the US President's behaviour.