'I lost in '92 because people still thought the economy was in the tank, that I was out of touch and I didn't understand that,' he said in an AP interview shortly before the dedication of his presidential library in 1997. 'The economy wasn't in the tank, and I wasn't out of touch, but I lost. I couldn't get through this hue and cry for 'change, change, change' and 'The economy is horrible, still in recession.' … [Read more...] about George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the US dead at 94: Cold War warrior, who spent a lifetime in high public office and ruled an American political dynasty passes away in Texas eight months after his beloved wife Barbara
The elevation of the five- or six-person vox pop has lately become insistent enough to suggest a BBC policy directive rather than old-fashioned laziness, economy, contempt or desperation. A new “pop-up newsroom” in Stoke, among the UK’s strongest Leave-voting areas, was advertised by the BBC’s news director, Fran Unsworth, as “an important initiative, as we become more audience focused and change the way we gather news”. In practice, one of the pop-up’s many contributions, a weekday shopping-centre vox pop on the World at One, sounded remarkably similar to standard offerings: random, unenlightening, conducted at a time and in circumstances unfriendly to time-poor people, as bereft of under-18s (parental consent required) as it is of any claim to sociological significance, and for reasons of both convenience and disinhibition, anonymous. … [Read more...] about Is the rise of the unscientific vox pop a fresh take on news or just plain laziness?
What Javid will do is exploit the space for extra borrowing created by the fiscal rules inherited from Philip Hammond. The previous chancellor said government borrowing should be below 2% of Gross Domestic Product – a measure of the economy’s output - by 2020-21. However, the current level of borrowing is lower than that, at roughly 1.1%. The new government can therefore borrow a bit more – about £26bn – and still meet the rule. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson says he’ll spend, but who will pay?
Will I be able to rely on a European health insurance card this summer? Yes. The EHIC, which gives you state-provided healthcare in the EU for free or at reduced cost until you return home, will continue to work as before until the end of December this year. The UK has issued about 27 million of the cards, and you can still apply for a free one – type “NHS EHIC” into Google and don’t fall for any of the dodgy websites that charge fees. … [Read more...] about What will Brexit mean for your money? Key questions answered
a mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week – for example, 2 x 30-minute runs plus 30 minutes of brisk walking equates to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity andstrength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all the major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)A good rule is that 1 minute of vigorous activity provides the same health benefits as 2 minutes of moderate activity. … [Read more...] about Overweight people are slammed for snapping tree branches in a popular London park by doing pull-ups from them to get fit