October is a transitional month. The weather is cooler, summer holidays seem forever ago, kids have settled into the new school year and – whether we’re willing to admit it or not - Christmas is right around the corner. The mood of the nation also changes come October. Instead of standing on corners outside of pubs after work like we did throughout the summer, we choose to hurry on home, cook a comforting meal and bunker down under the duvet with our noses wedged in a good book, preferably with a cup of tea on our bedside table. Luckily, October also brings a slew of new books, from a new Stephen King horror to the tale of Madame Tussaud's life and Stephen Hawking’s final insights – there’s something for everyone. Little by Edward Carey Release date: October 4, 2018. If you’ve ever wondered about Madame Tussaud’s backstory, then this is the book for you. Author, Edward Carey became fascinated with Tussaud – of waxwork fame … [Read more...] about The best new books to read this October
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Political divides between the generations suggest we are more divided by age today than at any other time in modern history. Not only was age a huge determinant of how people voted in the 2016 referendum but there was a correlation with age and your propensity to vote Labour or Conservative in last year’s general election. Research conducted by YouGov and charity The Challenge on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Integration (APPG), which I chair, shows that more than one in four Leave voters of retirement age believe that lower wages for the next generation would be a price worth paying for Brexit. Conversely more than one in four Remain backers aged 18 to 34 would be willing to see pensions for older people reduced if it meant Brexit was stopped. Worse still, almost three-quarters of young Remain voters believe older people are prejudiced and a similar percentage of older Leave voters think young people are entitled and unwilling to work hard. … [Read more...] about ‘When you see how different generations voted in the Brexit referendum, you realise how important it is to change perspectives’
From far beneath a glacier some 3,000m up in the Himalayan crests of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, near the border with Tibet, a stream called the Bhagirathi flows out and down a mountain. It widens as it goes, the frigid brown torrent eventually joining another stream, the Alaknanda, several kilometres away – from which merger India’s holiest river, the Ganges, is born. It traverses some 2,500km of hill, plain and wetland across several states, most of that distance at a languid molasses pace that belies its cascading mountain source. It passes by or through some of the subcontinent’s most culturally significant sites – Allahabad, Rishikesh, Varanasi, Haridwar – before emptying into the Bay of Bengal below Kolkata. One in 20 people on the planet lives within its drainage basin. During the monsoon, the Ganges can extend up to 12km in width, overflowing its banks and wreaking massive destruction. But for the world’s Hindus, it is a … [Read more...] about The boats taking river cruising to a new level
0 Have your say We asked what is the biggest challenge between us and our fintech goals. These are the voices from across the industry. Louise Smith, head of design, personal and business banking, Royal Bank of Scotland, and a fintech envoy for ScotlandThere are a number of challenges we need to overcome to enable Scotland to become a global top five fintech hub. This is my “big five” to make the top five:Persistent and targeted investment (partners and public funding)Attract and importantly retain talent across the broad spectrum of digital roles i.e. much greater fluidity between design and creative industries as well as data engineers, data scientists and digital engineers. There is a good platform to build from across a number of cities now but we need to ensure we continue to connect it with a clear and consistent engagement planContinued partnering with tech and fintechs in Scotland and ensure we talk about successes. FreeAgent is a good example and there … [Read more...] about How can Scotland become a global fintech hub within five years?
How did you spend your Easter bank holiday? If you’re a millennial, you were probably anywhere but here, judging by the latest figures from VisitEngland. The tourist board has revealed that the number of staycations booked by millennials has dropped by 1.4 million over the past decade, and only a quarter of those who took a UK break last year were between 16 and 34 years old. We just can’t wait to get out of boring old Blighty when we get the chance. The rise of cheap flights has certainly made it easier to choose the Costa del Sol over the Costa del Clacton. But it was the internet that really opened up the world. We no longer have to rely on travel agents, offering a limited choice of accommodation and dreaded coach trips. The sharing economy has made travel a cheaper, more flexible affair, aided by permissive tax treatment and the attraction of becoming a rentalpreneur. Even tribes in Papua New Guinea must have considered Airbnb as a side hustle by now. So you MUST … [Read more...] about Millennials, save money and do a staycation – getting to know your own country is so important