Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University looks at the volte-face from the International Energy Agency's volte-face and how the move towards net zero could make us richer. He also ponders some possible political implications of the end of the era of oil and gas. He examines the history of the role of the state in Britain's railways and asks if the government's shake-up of the UK rail system could usher in a new age of the train. And he wonders what the impact of GB News could be on TV's currently homogenised news output.
Flush from the excitement of his first visit to the cinema this year, James Cameron-Wilson reviews action thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, with Angelina Jolie, Nicholas Hoult and Aiden Gillen and Spiral: From the Book of Saw with Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. On streaming services, he looks at The Woman in the Window, with Gary Oldman and Amy Adams, directed by Joe Wright and double-Oscar winner Sound of Metal, starring Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke, which James considers one of the best films of the year. It is in cinemas as well, but only at select sites. He also revisits the French romantic comedy Populaire.
Steve Caplin marvels at the latest developments in gadgets (and gizmos), discussing smart bandages, shopping trolleys that can detect irregular heartbeats and warn of potential strokes, aluminium-ion batteries that charge 10 times faster, concrete batteries that can be incorporated in buildings, how to power cars and jets of the future with explosions, earbuds that are also hearing aids, conspiracists who cut off an area's broadband because they thought "5GHz" was the same as "5G" and JCB's machine for repairing a pothole in only 8 minutes.
Adam Cox speaks with Tucker Beardon, who describes himself as a practitioner of change. He has tackled his Asberger's condition head on, moving from a state of anxiety over simple day-to-day matters like going shopping to be able to speak in public and to help others. His new booklet is 'The Five Levels Of Lucid' - lucid dreaming, which he describes as a skill, made up of the little things you practice each and every day.
Disney+ subscriber growth falls short of Wall Street’s expectations, Marriott International and Airbnb find room for improvement, Roblox pops on strong revenue, and DoorDash shares rev 20% on upbeat guidance. The Trade Desk and Unity Software both fall despite encouraging 1st-quarter reports, Bill Ackman orders up a 6% stake in Domino’s Pizza, and Krispy Kreme plots a return to the public markets. Jason Moser and Ron Gross analyze those stories and share two stocks on their radar: Home Depot and Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical. Plus, Bloomberg senior editor Brad Stone shares how Amazon secretly developed the Echo, which cities were the real finalists to be the home of HQ2, and other insights from his new book 'Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire'.
Holidays abroad are back on… or are they? The much-heralded green list proved to be something of a damp squib, with the only popular British holiday destination on there being Portugal. There was no place for Greece, France, Spain, Italy, the US, or other regular stars in the list of Britons’ favourite travel spots. Some rushed to book trips to Portugal, but travel giant Tui reported this week that holidaymakers are cancelling and delaying bookings and rival On The Beach scrapped all its summer holiday departures before the end of August. Concerns over Covid variants and worries about countries being rapidly pulled from the green list for travel are likely to prevent many from booking, but there is still a big desire from many vaccinated Britons to enjoy one their beloved trips abroad. So, will there be a surge of bookings, a last minute wait and see game, or a race to grab the few remaining staycation places during the summer holidays? Georgie Frost, Simon Lambert and Grace Gausden look at the state of play for the travel industry and holidaymakers – and how to protect your hard-earned cash if you do book. Highlighting the need to do just that, Grace explains why Teletext Holidays is under fire for still not refunding some customers for last year’s cancelled trips. Also, Simon runs through his anecdotal inflation theory and why trying to buy bikes or garden furniture, find a builder, or fill up a car tells a very different story to the official 1% inflation rate. He also explains why worries over higher inflation are causing markets to throw a wobbly. And finally, we all know about how the Bank of Mum and Dad has to fund many of their children when it comes to buying a home, but what if you need to help your parents buy a property? A reader asked if there is a potential tax trap – the team explain the answer.
Adam Cox has created a hypnosis session to help solve problems inspired by a book he read as a teenager called the '6 Thinking Hats' by Edward de Bono. You experience what it's like to think about a specific problem by using different perspectives that are linked to each of the different coloured hats. This is great for anyone struggling with a specific problem or that wants to develop new thinking strategies.
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. The Motley Fool Co-Founder and Chief Rule Breaker, David Gardner, is back to share his six Habits of a Rule Breaker Investor, and Bro reconsiders retiring after age 67 (wait, what?!)
James Cameron-Wilson looks ahead to the imminent reopening of the UK's cinemas. He reviews the animated film The Mitchells vs The Machines, finding it laugh-out-loud funny even for solitary viewing and one of his favourite films of the year. He also looks at gritty drama Monster starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. In the light of the controversy surrounding the Golden Globes – with Tom Cruise returning his three awards – he wonders whether the organisation can even survive.
Political commentator Mike Indian looks at the recent election results and what its poor performance might mean for Labour. But he also points out problems for the Conservatives in some of its traditional heartland. He assesses the problems facing Keir Starmer after his botched reshuffle. And he reflects upon a very different Queen's Speech and laments some of the missed opportunities in its content.
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