'Maybe I am being a grump, but I have no interest in taking time out of a working day to watch a a live stream of their wedding. It's nice for the relatives who aren't able to attend to have the option but for the remainder of the 120 guests I'm not sure it's that appealing a prospect. … [Read more...] about Bride asks would-be guests to take time off work to watch a live stream of her wedding after her original plans were cancelled due to Covid-19 – so do YOU think she’s being too demanding?
Great leaders ask great questions
This is the moment for the EU and the European Central Bank to throw down the gauntlet to Germany. Last week, the European Commission launched a plan with at least an eye-catching top line – to trigger an additional ¤300bn spending on vital infrastructure across the continent. Except it was a phantom ¤300bn, with Germany insistent that it should involve no extra spending by the commission, nor by governments, nor extra borrowing by the European Investment Bank. Why? Because there was an alleged risk of inflation. … [Read more...] about Falling oil prices offer the west a great chance to refashion itself. Let’s seize it
'When the beaten people were suffering from thirst, a guard would give a bottle of tap water for all of us,' he said. 'The authorities cracked down on peaceful protesters with all the repressive power of the authoritarian state, and the consequences of that could be unpredictable.' … [Read more...] about Belarusian president Lukashenko calls on Putin for help as thousands mourn activist killed during Minsk protest ahead of tomorrow’s March for Freedom
'She is gone forever. Her brother Darryl, my uncle, is really struggling. They grew up very close and remained that way. When he married his wife Tracy, mum sorted out a lot of the arrangements and my uncle said this was one of the best days of his life mainly thanks to her. … [Read more...] about ‘Only HE knows why he did it’: Teenage traveller ‘Rocky’, 17, is jailed for life for ‘random’ murder of Lindsay Birbeck, 47, whose leg he tried to SAW off before dumping body in wheelie bin – as his parents wear T-shirts claiming he’s innocent
But at the same time cheap oil weakens market forces that might otherwise rein in energy use. The expectation that fossil fuels would get scarcer and pricier has forced capitalism to take investment in energy efficiency seriously. Manufacturers of electric cars and green fridges could get cold feet, and there could likewise be an unravelling of the logic of developing renewable energy, which only stacks up when the power that it generates is less costly than carbon-based energy. That’s not a sum that works in favour of renewables in a free-market $50-a-barrel world. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on cheaper oil and the environment: an invitation for business as usual