Krissy Dooley, who lives and works in central London, has also largely left cash behind. The 34-year-old, who works in digital design, says that 90% of all her transactions are by card or electronically. “I use a credit card for a major purchase, or debit card if it’s just for a coffee – mostly contactless,” she says. … [Read more...] about Cash has its chips as we all go mobile or ‘contactless’
A spokesman said: “We do recognise that not all customers want a contactless card and have said all along that we will launch the ability for customers who don’t want a contactless card to be able to opt out and receive a standard card. This facility will be launched at the start of next month.” … [Read more...] about Contactless payments: should banks force us to use them?
His first address was a cheap residential hotel on Rue de la Huchette just south of the Ile de la Cité, a dank, rough street of European émigrés and Algerian street traders. Now it is a narrow, bustling thoroughfare of Greek tavernas and kebab shops. The hotel is still there, opposite a little theatre advertising Ionesco, the stairs leading straight on to the street. A few minutes walk away is Shakespeare and Company, a Parisian legend and one of the world's most famous book stores. "A little socialist republic pretending to be a bookshop," jokes its 90-year-old owner George Whitman, surely the last living link between the Paris of the Lost Generation, the beats, and the expensive, crowded and bourgeois St Germain of today. In the 1950s, his bookshop was Trocchi's second home, and Merlin's centre of operations. … [Read more...] about Mean streets
"We will wait for government guidelines on whether staff have to use it or they can choose to wear it - but it will be there as and when pubs open." … [Read more...] about First look inside Wetherspoons pubs redesigned with coronavirus safety measures
Choose an easy access account so you can get hold of the money when you need it. The simplest option is to choose one offered by your main bank as i is straightforward to access. But if you feel that you want to make it a little harder to dip into, shop around for an account with a better rate. Moneyfacts.co.uk and Savingschampion.co.uk have best buy tables showing interest rates and details of accounts. Look for one that has no penalty or restrictions on withdrawals. … [Read more...] about Don’t look away: how to face your finances in lockdown – whether you are furloughed, unemployed or saving