Month: August 2018

August 31, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Rest Nap cafes already in S Korea – everywhere soon?  Under 1% of us are natural short sleepers, needing <6 hours sleep a night.  45 – 54 year olds are UK’s most sleep-deprived group.  Average US sleep on work nights down from 8.5 to 7 hrs in last 50 years.  Health consequences are worrying.  More firms…

August 28, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for prizes!  Series 29 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers:   Series 28  spelt  G-U-I-L-D-B-I-N   (BUILDING) Series 27  spelt  F-R-U-I-T-E-X   (FIXTURE) Series 26  spelt  H-O-N-K-W-O-W   (KNOWHOW) Series 25  spelt  L-O-D-E-M   (MODEL) Series 24  spelt  G-R-E-Y-S-Y-N   (SYNERGY) Series 23  spelt …

August 15, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Neon In last 10 years, iconic neon signage regaining popularity. 1912 neon’s red glow 1st used to advertise Paris barber’s shop.  Popularity peaked in 1930s.  Fell out of favour by end of 1940s, except in Las Vegas.  Most vintage signs come from the US and advertise beer Guessed the Word?         Series 28…

August 13, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Investor visa Over 400 wealthy people ready to invest £2m ($2.55m) to get Tier 1  ‘golden visa’. Up 46% over 2017, esp. from China, Russia, Turkey.  Can stay in UK for 40 months & apply for British citizenship after that.  Increase is despite stricter rules from 2015, & other EU countries offering 2nd citizenship options Guessed…

August 10, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Brick An excellent building block, clay brick wins on cost & zero maintenance. It ages well, & its timeless quality is not tied to any style or construction technique.  London’s Battersea Power Station restoration needs 1.7m handmade bricks – UK’s single largest order. By far the most popular choice for building new homes, 2bn bricks made…

August 8, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Dating Love Island is tougher to get into than Oxford & Cambridge Universities (85,000 applicants to Oxbridge’s 37,000). The British TV show has already been sold to 7 other countries. Popular with 16-34 year olds, who vote their favourite couple as the winners. 3.6m watched finale on 3 July, up 1m from 2017.  Sponsor Superdrug’s make-up…

August 6, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Lithium Light, conductive & with other electrical properties, lithium is vital for electric vehicle, laptop & smartphonebatteries.1/2 the world’s deposits of this rare, valuable metal are in Chile. Large reserves also in Cornwall, UK.  Price has surged from £1,900 ($2,470) a tonne in 2002 to £12,750 ($16,500) now.  World produces 220,000 tonnes a year.  Demand…

August 3, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Index Everyone is invested in tech if they have a portfolio/ pension of any kind as Tech sector now accounts for 23% of key global index S&P500.  Closest rival is Financials at 14.5%.  A far bigger transformation than most people realise.  In 1990, Tech was just 5% of the index, Industrials 15%.  Utilities, telecoms & manufacturing…

August 1, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Ultramarine Value comes from a commodity’s use & how hard it is to get/make. Until synthetic created in 1826, the finest blue was powdered Afghan lapis lazuli, costlier than gold.  YInMn (YIN-min) is the 1st new blue pigment in 200 years.  Safe, durable, heat-reflecting, enviro-friendly. Will be very valuable: blue is USA’s favourite colour &…