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September 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Island sale If Greenland was for sale, what should USA pay Denmark for it? Features: world’s largest island, 80% ice cover, population 56,000.  Rich in minerals, fish, oil & gas. Strategic site for defence/space.  Past US purchases from Denmark: 1916 Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands) $25m = $500m now.  1946 2nd offer…

September 4, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Insolvent Die hard.  From a decade low in 2015, UK insolvencies have shot up 20%.  Out of 2018’s 17,439 corporate failures, construction was hit hardest with 3,940 insolvencies, despite the demand for new homes. Then admin/support firms (3,346), retail (2,608) & manufacturing (2,092).  Causes include Brexit uncertainty, business rates, pension enrolment & unsecured debt Guessed the…

July 14, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Icing Cricket or business, ‘icing on the cake’ comes from: Dedication to the game.  Adapting to the conditions.  Disciplined bowling.  Playing to our strengths.  Grabbing every chance.  Observing etiquette. Taking timely, calculated risks.  Victory ensues despite twists & turns, helter skelter finale & a super over. Congratulations, England! Guessed the Word?      Series 44 …

July 5, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Iceberg Severe droughts invite radical solutions: Tow iceberg from Antarctica to Cape Town.  Not a new idea – in mid-1800s, Chile breweries towed small icebergs, some fitted with sails, for refrigeration.  Made of compacted snow, iceberg water is 99% pure.  By 2030, global water demand will exceed supply by 40%. Red tape alert! Need risk…

May 29, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Intangibles Can’t see or touch intangibles, but they’re now more valuable than buildings, machinery, vehicles & computers.  Examples: brands, intellectual property, design expertise, trademarks.  Intangible asset Mickey Mouse’s copyright extended from 1984 to beyond 2023!  To win in an intangible world, invest in education, information & communication technology, urban planning, science and R&D Guessed the…

March 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Innovate Thinking about innovation is oddly conformist, & unaware of its lack of originality.  The best breakthroughs came from research that appeared useless & irrelevant to real life.  Such efforts must be supported, even with no quick payback, or the next wave of innovation will just not occur Guessed the Word?         …

February 8, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Insurgents Highly-skilled people from consulting firms have dispersed into insurgentsoffering dynamic, versatile & value-for-money services.  Professional gig workers are thriving in stealth, snatching work from industry giants, who are more fragile than agile.  >1/5th of UK projects, worth £2bn ($2.6bn) go to independent consultants.  Global consulting = £180bn ($232bn) a year Guessed the Word?   …

December 19, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Incense Traded in Arabia for >6,000 years as incense, perfume & skincare, 80% of frankincense comes from Somalia.  Was a standard gift, with gold & myrrh, to honour kings & deities, maybe for medicinal use.  But aromatic resin-producing Boswellia trees now under threat from fire, grazing & insect attack Guessed the Word?      Series 35 (6/8)   …

November 23, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

    Inspect Walls & borders are useless without a way to inspect what’s going through.  A mix of human guards, technology & intelligence can oversee a barrier effectively.  Northern Ireland checks 1.4% of goods coming from non-EU countries.  In the south, Republic of Ireland checks 1%, the lowest rate in the world.  Another bra in…

November 7, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Influencer We’ve always had influencers.Celebrities promoting brands & products.  Royal Warrants. What’s changed is who we trust – from those with power to those who resonate with us.  “People like me” are the most trusted sources of information.But regulators should force influencers pushing goods/ services to declare any commercial relationship Guessed the Word?   …