September 16, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Kit homes Modular homes out of a kit go back over 100 yrs.  Sears, Roebuck & Co sold >70,000 home kits from 1908 to 1940.  Construction has changed far less by technology in the UK & US than other major industries.  Europe is ahead.  Where we want to build housing quickly near jobs, change is…

September 13, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Concrete Concrete – the most destructive material in the world?  The 2nd most-used substance on earth after water, concrete is used twice as much as all other building materials combined.  Signifying development & durability since the Colosseum, concrete provides structure, form, relief & texture – but destroys the earth’s natural infrastructure.  Our blue & green…

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 8, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Temporary tax How long can a temporary tax last?  USA’s 1964 “chicken tax”, to retaliate for French & German tariffs, prevents light-duty truck imports even today.  UK’s 1799 temporary income tax to raise money to fight Napoleon’s French forces is still in force 200 years on.  Temporary taxes & tariffs can go on forever Guessed…

September 6, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for Prizes!  Series 48 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 47  spelt  F-L-A-Y-Q-U-I   (QUALIFY) Series 46  spelt  E-L-V-Y   (LEVY) Series 45  spelt  H-A-R-D-A-Z   (HAZARD) Series 44  spelt  N-I-C-E-K-I-T  (KINETIC) Series 43  spelt …

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…

September 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Unisex clothes “His ‘n’ hers” unisex clothes gaining popularity. As our cultural lives become more gender-fluid, clothes are following suit.  Sporty, tonal separates & relaxed tailoring look good on both sexes.  Women are the main beneficiaries of better cuts, cleaner lines & more comfort.  Another plus: Unisex clothes don’t date, so are more sustainable Guessed…

August 30, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Quench Hot day? We quench our thirst with fizzy, sweet, flavoured soft drinks.  2017 UK sales up 1.4% in a year to >£15.2bn ($18.4bn, €16.6bn).  Which country drank the most?  Argentina, at 155 litres per capita.  USA was close 2nd (154l), then Chile (141l), Mexico (137l), Uruguay (113l) & Belgium (109l).  Children are the biggest…

August 27, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Yellow Our eyes see yellow 1st, so sales stickers grab our attention.  Good design – use yellow for kids/leisure goods.  Otherwise as a highlight only, & not on pricey items (especially for men, as they regard it as cheap).  Yellow & black is highest contrast colour combination, good for warning signs to be read at…

August 26, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Angling Angling is 1 of the UK’s most popular pastimes.  3m people spend >£3bn ($3.6bn, €3.3bn) a year, mostly at small, family-owned shops.  Fishing trips are effective in re-adjusting to work/society & lessen depression, anxiety & post-traumatic stress.  Not all wounds are visible Guessed the Word?    Series 47 (3/7)     pic: Angling Trust