What perfect timing for The Third Man to step back out of the shadows. Often hailed as the finest film Britain ever made, a 70th anniversary re-release will see it return to cinemas with the government much in the market for symbols of national grandeur. While Boris Johnson has named his favourite film as Dodgeball – for once, eerily believable – as the great British breakdown goes on it is easy to imagine him waving a tiny Union Jack at Carol Reed’s majestic noir. It is true, of course, that there could be no better moment for The Third Man to reappear – just not as a cosy patriotic treat. Rather, it is a cold premonition of no-deal Britain. In that, there is a certain poetry. We are where we are in no small part due to endless British war films convincing a generation born in the 1950s that they had lived through the Blitz and could only be happy back in it. But The Third Man is a postwar movie. American hack writer Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) arrives in … [Read more...] about Why The Third Man is an essential primer for no-deal Brexit
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Michel Barnier will inform EU capitals on Wednesday whether there is a deal on the table for leaders to sign off at their summit in Brussels the following day. The EU’s chief negotiator has set Boris Johnson a midnight ultimatum: make a further concession or go to the Commons empty-handed. Are we close to a deal? The prime minister has made a series of major U-turns in recent weeks. That gives EU officials some hope that he will continue in this vein and a deal could be in the making. If Downing Street thinks it is a step too far, and reverts to the bellicose language of Johnson’s senior aide, Dominic Cummings, then all bets are off. What does the EU want? Barnier has said the UK needs to table legal text, and it needs to be based on the February 2018 Northern-Ireland-only backstop. That proposal – rejected by Theresa May as a constitutional outrage that no British prime minister could accept – would keep Northern Ireland in the single market for goods and the … [Read more...] about Barnier’s midnight ultimatum for the UK: what happens now?
In a wood-panelled auditorium in central London, a procession of entrepreneurs are explaining to more than 100 investors how they will change the world. They just need a few million pounds first. One promises to solve hair loss with a gadget in a cap; another will make fabric out of CO2: all come armed with PhDs, slick presentations and rictus grins. Depending on your viewpoint, this is either a sign of Europe’s flourishing tech scene or further evidence of the investment bubble that fuelled bloated valuations of Uber and WeWork and looks set to burst – with potentially disastrous consequences for the economy. The founders gathering in King’s Cross recently have all come through the six-month Entrepreneur First (EF) programme, which brings together ambitious individuals in the hope that they will team up and build the next Google. The investors are venture capitalists (VCs), willing to bet on early-stage companies that comprise little more than a pair of founders with … [Read more...] about Tech firms still seeking venture capital in UK despite high-profile flops
UK By Tim Schwanen Transport Studies Unit, Oxford University 19 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49578790 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Encouraging more people into electric vehicles is at the heart of the government's … [Read more...] about The five major challenges facing electric vehicles
Gambling addicts' impulsive behaviour may be ingrained in their DNA, a study has suggested. Psychologists from the University of British Colombia, Canada, have found siblings of problem gamblers show a similar propensity to take risks. The findings suggest endless hours in casinos do not cultivate impulsive and risk-taking traits, but rather they are already in your genes. But the team said the causes of gambling could also stem from one's upbringing, which siblings too both have in common. Psychologists from the University of British Colombia, Canada, have found that siblings of problem gamblers show a similar propensity to take risks if put into a slot machine-type environment (file photo) Dr Eve Limbrick-Oldfield and team set out to solve the 'chicken or the egg' mystery of whether problem addiction is a cause or effect of gambling. She said: 'Impulsivity, risky decision-making and altered brain reward processing are observed in people with gambling disorder. 'We wanted … [Read more...] about Is being a gambling addict in your GENES? Scientists discover siblings of adults hooked to betting machines are also more prone to risk-taking