Move your bills – this can be dangerous if you’re not disciplined, but if you move your bills to just before payday rather than just after, many will be in credit (or less in the red) for less of the month, meaning you’re charged less for the overdraft. But – remember those bills are coming out, so don’t treat it like you’ve extra money to spend. … [Read more...] about Almost 8million customers will be worse off by overdraft changes and they’ll be ‘pushed further into debt’
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Paul Murray Murray’s first novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, mocked boomtime Ireland through the figure of a pretentious young layabout who longs to live in a more refined age, but it was his second book, Skippy Dies – a tragicomic boarding school epic taking in love, lust, string theory and existential crises – that made him a star. It also vertiginously raised expectations for his next novel, this year’s The Mark and the Void, which tackles the global financial crash, and Ireland’s starring role in it. Murray, now 40, had been planning a book about the Irish banking system since 2002, when his sister took a job working for the Bank of Bermuda in Dublin. His descriptions of the financial apocalypse as seen by Claude, a business analyst with the Bank of Torabundo, may read like hyperbolic satire, but are firmly rooted in the feverish actuality: when it comes to the corruption, graft and confidence tricks of derivatives trading, you didn’t have to … [Read more...] about A new Irish literary boom: the post-crash stars of fiction
Amanda Staveley, the Dubai-based manager of the PCP Capital investment fund, is now reported to have followed her appearance at Newcastle’s home 1-1 draw with Liverpool on 1 October by signing an NDA. People working with Staveley have suggested that she is generally interested in buying a Premier League club and increasingly taken with Newcastle’s attractions, but she is in the same position as the “additional parties”: having an initial look, a long way yet from making a bid. … [Read more...] about Newcastle United up for sale – but is Mike Ashley asking too high a price?
Mike Ashley finally appears ready to sell Newcastle United after 10 turbulent, often unpopular years in charge, following the club’s promotion back to the Premier League. It is unclear how solid the reality is of the Chinese investors rumoured to be interested in buying Newcastle, given that overseas football takeovers have now been restrained in China, but it is seen as significant that Ashley has not moved to deny reports. … [Read more...] about Mike Ashley may finally sell Newcastle as rumours swirl of Chinese takeover
As we live through a real-life princess quitting the castle, even Disney, which built a multibillion-dollar princess franchise from damsels in distress, is rethinking its messaging. Frozen II opens with a flashback of sisters Elsa and Anna as children, playing with ice figurines. Anna acts out a love scene with a prince: “Who cares about danger when there’s love?” she says, making the toys kiss. “Uh, Anna, blurgh … Kissing won’t save the forest,” Elsa responds. Throughout the film, with their kingdom and her sister in peril, Anna indeed has bigger fish to fry than kissing. It’s Kristoff who belts out a ballad and spends much of his time bumbling as he tries to propose to her. And refreshingly, rather than ending with a wedding scene, we get Anna sending Elsa an invitation to play charades. … [Read more...] about Happy ever after: why writers are falling out of love with marriage