The men did a 100-hour-minimum working week. And it was dangerous, too. I talked to an ex-fisherman, Phil Thomas, who started in 1969, and he told me how hard it was. “A trawler is a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week slaughterhouse. Before the cod wars, you’d be on the north side of Iceland, one of the most dangerous places in the world. If anyone says to me you’re going to hell, I say: ‘I’ve been to hell.’ In winter, the ship would freeze over an inch every five minutes, and you’d have to hack the ice away with an axe or you’d capsize. In 1968, three ships from Hull got lost there in one night. It’s just hell on Earth.” Couch’s friend Bozzy was lost overboard, and her gran’s husband died in the Red Falcon disaster of 1959, when 19 men from Fleetwood were lost at sea just after they had radioed to say they would be home for Christmas. … [Read more...] about Cod wars to food banks: how a Lancashire fishing town is hanging on
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Defaults can be contained by the rise in bank reserves, says the BoE, while the big numbers are in the mortgage business. The car finance market is propped up by the finance arms of the car companies as much as it is the banks, leaving the motor industry to pick up much of the debt overhang. And anyway, said Carney last week, interest rates make up very little of the cost of a car finance package. Suffice it to say, the car industry’s fate lies outside the bank’s remit. … [Read more...] about Can the Bank get Britain to kick its cheap credit habit?
On a tour of his fields, I see why. The rich brown soil has greyed out in recent years, leaving a barren salt-encrustation on the surface. The cause is underground saltwater intrusion from the nearby coast, which pushes up through the soil and kills off roots. Coastal farmland has always been threatened by saltwater, but salinity has traditionally been kept at bay by plentiful supplies of fresh water gushing over the soil and flushing out the salt. It used to happen naturally with the Nile's seasonal floods; after the construction of Egypt's High Dam in the 70s (one of the most ambitious engineering projects on earth), these seasonal floods came to an end, but a vast network of irrigation canals continued to bring gallons of fresh water to the people who worked the land, the fellahin, ensuring salinity levels remained low. … [Read more...] about Nile Delta: ‘We are going underwater. The sea will conquer our lands’
Fish allergy: A female fan was excited to be served a grilled cheese by Justin, but her fish allergy got in the way due to the fish tacos being prepared on the same grill … [Read more...] about Justin Bieber shows off his cute side when he performs a dance routine, cartwheels and blows bubbles with toddlers alongside James Corden
The shift has alienated hundreds of people who would have come to demonstrate peacefully. "There's been a virtual war between the fluffies and the spikies," said one man who was arrested but not charged in last year's May Day disturbances. "The spikies have won. I have sympathised completely with the protests so far. They have been fun and made good political points, but now they seem to want to get straight in.It has been taken over by the thugs". … [Read more...] about Fluffies on the run as spikies win battle of the streets