As any saver will tell you, these are bleak times. And it could be set to get worse next year. Last month, the prospect of another drop in interest rates increased when two members of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, which decides on the official rate, called for an immediate cut. It is now expected by sections of the financial markets that the rate will drop by 0.25% next year, even though it has been at rock-bottom levels for the last decade. So what should anyone who wants to make some money from their savings to do? Stay with cash Rates on the high street vary hugely – on a balance of £10,000, the amount of interest that it is possible to earn goes from £10 to £145. The lesson? Shop around, don’t be limited by the mainstream banks, and be sure to look at those providers that may be less familiar. HSBC’s easy-access Flexible Saver will garner just 0.15% while Goldman Sachs’ online savings account will bring in 1.45%. … [Read more...] about With rates still at rock bottom, is there anything savers can do to get back up?
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FROM pop-culture heroines to sporting superstars and campaigners, Fabulous Magazine reveal who's made our Women Of The Year list. Whether it's writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge taking home a bag full of Emmys or Dina Asher-Smith breaking records and Greta Thunberg fighting for the planet, we bow down to women who rocked the world this year. Rosie Duffield, 48, politician The Labour MP earned a standing ovation in the House of Commons while debating the domestic abuse bill this October, after bravely recounting the coercive control she was forced to endure in a past relationship. As a show of support, female MPs from all parties gathered round her, with Speaker John Bercow commending it as one of the most “moving contributions” he had heard in the Commons. Greta Thunberg, 16, environmental activist Proving to President Trump that she’s more than just a “very happy young girl,” the Swedish teen has not only managed to start an international youth movement … [Read more...] about From Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the Emmys to Dina Asher-Smith breaking records, these women rocked the world in 2019
Two years ago, when asked what she wished she was better at, Lily Allen offered a concise reply. “Press. Shutting up. Self-censorship,” she told me, nonetheless proceeding to say many entertaining things that could have got her into trouble. The singer seems constitutionally incapable of taking the easy route. Last Wednesday Allen posted a video about her visit to the Calais refugee camp, in which she told a 13-year-old Afghan: “I apologise on behalf of my country. I’m sorry for what we have put you through.” The social media backlash was fierce and predictable, as was the response from rightwing tabloids. The Daily Mail’s Jan Moir dismissed Allen’s tears in the video as “patronising and self-indulgent”, although some might prefer to interpret her distress as something called empathy. Allen stood her ground. The 31-year-old singer, who has described herself as “an argumentative little shit”, has been both loved and hated … [Read more...] about Lily Allen: the pop rebel who refuses to stay silent
In February 1965, a Californian trio called the Walker Brothers arrived in London, by all accounts without much of a clue exactly what they intended to do there. Their relocation didn’t make sense. After all, they were starting to make headway back in the US. A residency at a Sunset Strip club called Gazzari’s, where they played Beatles and Rolling Stones covers, had led to TV appearances and a record deal. They had just taped their second single, a Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill ballad called Love Her, that producer Jack Nitzsche had modelled on the Righteous Brothers’ version of another Mann/Weill hit, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling: swathing everything in cavernous reverb and piling on the strings. And now they appeared to have walked away, more or less on a whim. “I still remember that incredible feeling when I got off that plane,” recalled John Maus, who, like his two bandmates, had changed his surname to Walker. “That this was going to be … [Read more...] about Pop’s great adventurer: how Scott Walker reached the heart of darkness
Scott Walker, one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of the 20th century, has died aged 76. The news was announced by his label, 4AD. “For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands,” a statement read. The cause of death has not been announced. Thom Yorke, frontman of Radiohead, was among those paying tribute, calling him “a huge influence on Radiohead and myself, showing me how I could use my voice and words.” Walker first came to fame in the mid-1960s in the group the Walker Brothers, before creating a string of acclaimed solo albums – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4 – that are regarded as some of the most adventurous and boundary-pushing pop albums of the era. He then moved further out to the periphery of the music scene, with an increasingly experimental run of albums, including 1995’s Tilt and 2006’s The Drift, which reflected on Mussolini’s mistress, the … [Read more...] about Scott Walker, experimental pop hero, dies aged 76