5 years on from the EU referendum, Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University asks if General de Gaulle was prophetic in realising that the UK would not be a good fit for the European Community. He considers how Brexit is changing the balance of economic power. 30 years since he arrived in Slovakia as adviser to the Prime Minister, Tim reflects on post-communist Central Europe and why tensions are mounting between the EU and Hungary & Poland. And he looks at the launch and impact of GB News.
James Cameron-Wilson celebrates a Pandemic box office record, with Fast & Furious 9 taking over £6m in the UK over the weekend, a film he found hugely entertaining despite its preposterousness. In at #8 is Supernova, a road movie with Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci in the mould of The Father, which slipped down the charts. Outside the top ten he was impressed with the Ben Wheatley horror pic In The Earth, filmed in just 15 days in lockdown on an estate near Henley.
Steve Caplin, Share Radio's tech whizz, discusses with Simon Rose problems with the NHS app as well the tourists charged over £2,000 for visiting Brighton Pier. He tells of a new flying car in Slovakia, how Google is warning users of "data voids", how Lego is making bricks from recycled bottles, how you can ride in a balloon to the edge of space (for $125,000), the glasses that simulate a 140-inch screen and the crowd-funded device enabling you to use a laptop outside.
Nike just does it, Google delays removing cookies, Visa makes a big buy, Peloton ventures into wearables, Accenture surges on earnings, and FedEx stumbles. Motley Fool analysts Andy Cross, Emily Flippen, and Jason Moser weigh in on those stories and share a couple of stocks on their radar: Virgin Galactic and FactSet. Plus, Washington Post space reporter Christian Davenport talks Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and the business of space
Home buyers are engaged in a last minute race to beat the stamp duty deadline – with some facing a potential double false economy. House prices have bounced over the past year meaning that the £15,000 maximum saving of a year ago would now come on a property that potentially costs £50,000 more. That has led to claims of a false economy, but it would be doubly so for any buyer who then missed the deadline too and ended up with an extra £12,500 tax bill, as they only get the tapered bit of the stamp duty holiday - not the whole thing. Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert look at the last minute stamp duty rush and what might happen next to the property market, with Simon outlining that it’s not just a tax cut driving the pandemic boom. At the other end of the property ladder, the team look at how to make sure you don’t end up paying off a mortgage in retirement and what you can do if you are approaching your pension years or in them with a home loan still to clear. It’s likely that those borrowers could face higher rates than the rock bottom mortgage ones now too, but will rising inflation send interest rates up sooner than people think? Meanwhile, what can a new £50 note and what happened to the value of the last one introduced in 1981 tell us about inflation? And why is continental Europe so much happier about taking big notes. And finally, if you wanted to beat inflation, you wouldn’t usually buy a nearly new car; but there are some now six-year-old motors out there that have held their value better than others and amazingly some that are worth more now than they were in 2018. We reveal which.
Adam Cox has designed this session around building muscle mass - not reducing body fat. He focuses on being resourceful for having the mind-set to succeed, ensuring your protein diet is appropriate, and targeting key muscle groups with exercises 'out of the comfort zone'. And he refers to a useful app to help you get you underway.
Adam Cox is joined by the Director of military recruitment agency, Ex-Mil (https://www.ex-mil.co.uk), Jean-Claude Hedouin, to discuss veteran re-assimilation for Armed Forces Day. They look at some of the key attributes military personnel possess that make them so essential to society and debunk some of the myths and stigmas about ex-military personnel.
Alison Southwick and personal finance expert Robert Brokamp challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves. How can you find a professional who works on your terms, and at a reasonable price? Sean Gates of Motley Fool Wealth Management joins us to discus the choices.
James Cameron-Wilson welcomes the arrival in cinemas of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In The Heights, laments the disappointing performance of double Oscar-winner The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman and admires hugely the genre-bending Nobody which he calls a cross between Death Wish and American Beauty! He looks at the latest video game adaptation Monster Hunter and, although well down the chart, admires the documentary The Reason I Jump. He welcomes the arrival for home entertainment of the winner of two Oscars, Judas and the Black Messiah.
Political commentator Mike Indian ponders what the consequences of the Chesham by-election could be for the major political parties. Is it a flash in the pan or a precursor of something bigger? With Covid rules appearing to be different for the G7 leaders and UEFA officials, is there one set of rules for most of us and a different set for the elite? What does the changing leadership of the DUP mean for Northern Irish politics? And he looks at the changes in Labour's backroom team.
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