UK box office is weak, says James Cameron-Wilson, with only 1 new film in the top 10 ahead of the new Downton Abbey film. At #7 is the highly meta 'The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent' with Nicolas Cage playing himself. It is, says, James, a massive waste of time. He also looks at Judd Apatow's comedy 'The Bubble' on Netflix, with Karen Gillan and David Duchnovy the funniest and at the thriller 'All The Old Knives' on Amazon with Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton, which James found implausible.
Technology buff Steve Caplin talks to Simon Rose about Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, about a robotic rat, a luxury yacht that can take to the air, a YouTuber who faked a plane crash, masking cows to control methane, what happened when solar-powered ram-equipped rubbish bins went wrong, a table-tennis robot and an autonomous bus operating on the Forth Road Bridge.
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the continuing macho culture of Parliament and the recent behaviour of some MPs and asks whether there's a need for a robust external body to police our elected politicians. He looks ahead to next week's local elections and what they might mean for national politics and considers in detail what might happen in Northern Ireland, where Sinn Fein are expected to do well. And he also considers whether there might be a General Election earlier than expected.
The range of major drivers which will steer inflation over the years ahead is wide and diverse, but their duration must be considered as well as their positive or negative impact on rates. For example, the drivers most affected by Putin's war in Ukraine are energy shortages and supply chain disruption, and the threat of de-globalisation in future. These all contribute to higher inflation but it is only a more cautionary approach leading towards de-globalisation which will persist. Meanwhile technology, demographics and a swifter transition to low cost alternative energy will all bear down on price rises. In this commentary we take a look at nine major influences on future rates of inflation, and conclude that central bankers are right to be cautious about chasing after inflation with their interest rate policy.
Much bigger energy bills are on their way to households for and a warning was sounded this week that there is much worse to come. Energy bosses told MPs that 40% of households could end up in fuel poverty and raised the prospect of a ‘truly horrific’ winter, with the price cap tipped to rise another 30% or more in October just as the heating goes back on. Energy firms are not responsible for the surge in gas and electricity prices but watchdog Ofgem warned that some may not be treating customers fairly on monthly direct debit payments. Meanwhile, This is Money has been contacted by reams of customers struggling to get incorrect bills fixed but being threatened with debt collectors by bullying energy firms. What can be done to help customers struggling with soaring bills? Will Rishi Sunak have to step in with more meaningful help than his £200 off now, pay it back later deal? Should wealthier customers subsidise the bills of the poorer? And how do we make energy firms get their act together? All these questions and more are tackled by Georgie Frost, Lee Boyce and Simon Lambert. Also on this show, how do you know if you are saving enough for retirement and are there any positives to encourage you, as more gloom-laden warnings about our pension pots pot being big enough land? Plus, why has the Great British Rail Sale managed to get not one, not two, but all three of our podcasters riled? And finally, why is Netflix having a wobble and does it mark a change in consumer and investor behaviour?
Alcohol habits can often start as relief from stress at work or at home, but what starts as a coping strategy can become a major problem in itself, as addiction starts to take hold. This episode helps to associate alcohol with unpleasant emotions, and to develop other approaches to handle the stress of daily life.
Adam Cox is joined by Bharat Chudasama, from Hope & Glory, for National Tea Day to discuss new research looking at Brit's tea-drinking habits. Bharat comments on if there really is a North/South divide on tea drinking, and why so few people are currently buying Fairtrade tea. He gives some ideas on how to be more conscious when choosing tea, and how consumers can help lower the impact the tea industry has on the environment.
Adam Cox is joined by Randeep Somel, Fund Manager for Climate Solutions Fund at M&G Investments, for World Earth Day to discuss impact investing, and the size of the opportunity to get to net-zero by 2056. Randeep explains some of the constraints that could arise in getting to net zero, and how impact investing can help the environment.
Adam Cox is joined by Chand Chudasama, Partner in Strategic
Corporate Finance at Price Bailey, to discuss new data which highlights considerable investment growth for regions of the UK. They look at the sort of industries that are currently particularly popular with venture capitalists, and Chand gives advice to business owners currently looking for investment.
Adam Cox is joined by Clar Rosso, Chief Executive Officer of (ISC)2, to discuss the brand's recent announcement, and what the new Entry Level Cybersecurity Certification aims to achieve. They look at what the cybersecurity job market looks like right now, and how current students can prepare themselves for success.
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