Category: L

August 12, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Linen Mankind’s oldest fabric, linen wrapped mummies 4,500 years ago.  Made from flax, which can’t be cut, the fibres are strong, crisp & mothproof.  Linen’s natural properties make the best summer clothes, keeping wearers cool & dry.  Enviro-friendly linen needs less pesticides/ fertilizers than cotton.  100 years ago, Londonderry in N Ireland was the centre of…

May 20, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Loan shark Beware lenders using the words  “cash advance” instead of “loan” in documents.  This is designed to avoid usury laws and licensing requirements.  Consumer laws protect individuals from being fleeced.  But there’s no help for firms who borrow under deals which unfairly enrich the lender Guessed the Word?         Series 42 (2/8)   …

April 5, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Lent Spring-time fasts (Lent) and feasts (Mothering Sunday) offer business opportunities. Hot cross buns remain Britain’s most popular seasonal bake since medieval times (5th to 15th c), although the cross was originally slashed into the dough, rather than piped on.  Simnel cake, with 11 marzipan balls on top, links to when folks made a pilgrimage…

February 15, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Leave In UK & US, poverty has flipped from Reason to Leave to Reason Not to Leave,despite widening opportunity gap between dynamic & struggling areas.  Should policymakers re-vitalise poor areas?  Or incentivize people to move?  Fewer Americans moved States in 2017 than in any of the previous 50 years Guessed the Word?       …

January 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Luck We under-estimate the role of luck in business success. From good to great needs luck, to be in the right place at the right time.  Exceptional success occurs in rare circumstances, so lessons drawn from the 2nd best are more informative & offer better proof of skill/ effort.  Good luck in 2019! Guessed the Word?   …

October 29, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Licence Members of an occupation love licences as they keep others out.  1 in 5 UK workers – twice as many as 15 years ago – now needs a permit from government to do their job, including security guards, art therapists, social workers.  Are they any better than they were?  Work life is tied up…

October 22, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Cheese UK cheese sales recovering after falling for 2 years. Spend on bestseller cheddar up 3.9%.  Shops’ own-labels growing ahead of branded cheese.  1/2 the top 20 brands are now in growth.  Cheese-making is both art & science – from identical ingredients & recipes, different cheese makers make different cheeses Guessed the Word?           …

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…

June 8, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Luxury A luxury as recently as 1950, chicken now accounts for 1/2 the meat eaten in the UK, & has overtaken beef, lamb & pork. Average Briton eats 23kg a year.  Birds bred quickly in sheds for meat/ protein (not for eggs) reduced prices, so poultry is no longer just for the wealthy Guessed the Word? …

May 2, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Lost EU’s Galileo is costing €10bn over 15 years – needless alternative to the American GPS system, which is free to consumers. Who’s paying? Guessed the Word?      Series 23 (2/8)       [pic: jamie-street]