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Scroll down for: A Home and Small Business Viewpoint by Len Tondel, from 1st January 2018

By way of explanation. The term 'home business' consists of two words. 'Business' is the second one; it's there to qualify and support the word 'home' and all that goes with it - and not vice versa. Consequently, we also list below, items which are of interest and value to the home. Whether in its context as an office or as a part of your family and lifestyle but always directed at the improved prospects and enjoyment that running a business from home, in its entirety, can bring.

For a current, multi-part overview of starting and running a business from home, go here: http://www.homebusiness.org.uk/features.htm

31.01.2018: Borrowers ignoring mortgage timebomb, says FCA. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42872432 Probably because the daft sods believe the FCA and the Tory regime are their to protect their interests. (Brexit Knobhead types.)

Ministers reject calls to publish leaked Brexit study. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42867668 The regime hasn't invested in years and years of fake news propaganda just to release 'the truth'! Whatever next!?

Why Britain is cosying up to China: Beef, plastic and free-trade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/britain-cosying-china-beef-plastic-free-trade/ Which flies in the face of the latest suggestion by the USA that China is as dangerous an enemy as Russia. (Tory Fags for America await Twatter guidance from the Pentagon to help determine official policy.)

UK mass digital surveillance regime ruled unlawful. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/30/uk-mass-digital-surveillance-regime-ruled-unlawful-appeal-ruling-snoopers-charter War crimes, terrorism and theft are unlawful, too. However, that hasn't stopped the UK in the past.

Why didn’t anyone working with Carillion say it was going to fail? http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/carillion-kpmg-auditors-audit-hbos-financial-crisis-self-regulation-deloitte-a8185356.html They probably did. However, that doesn't fall within the 'journalistic' remit of mainstream, fake news propaganda.

London’s Transport Gig Economy Grows By 85% Since 2010. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/9510/ Which alone would account for the Tory regime's fake millions of 'self-employed entrepreneurs'.

Last-minute rush for taxpayers ahead of self-assessment deadline. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/30/last-minute-rush-for-taxpayers-ahead-of-self-assessment-deadline/

Taxpayers who miss tax return deadline due to depression 'less likely to be fined than ever'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/30/taxpayers-miss-tax-return-deadline-due-depression-less-likely/

30.01.2018: Consumer confidence rises at fastest rate for a year in January. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/29/consumer-confidence-rises-at-fastest-rate-for-a-year-in-january/

Construction activity shows signs of strength across regional UK cities. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/29/construction-activity-shows-signs-of-strength-across-regional-uk/ Isn't it amazing how entire industries and even national econmies can go from the doldrums to 'strength' in the space of just two weeks of fake news 'reporting'?

Any Brexit deal will hit UK economy - government paper. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42867668

EU says it will 'react swiftly and appropriately' after Donald Trump trade war threat. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-donald-trump-trade-war-us-tariffs-european-union-protectionism-policy-a8183156.html The Americans have been protectionist since the year OINK, OINK. The whole point of the EU at its most cynical, pointy end, is to withstand and combat this kind of threat. Counter-protectionist measures should have been introduced twenty, thirty years ago. The fact that they weren't demostrates just how relatively weak the EU is and just how effective American Big Corp lobbying remains. However, every small business, every consumer can make a difference. Boycott the USA.

Brexit could cause energy shortages and higher gas and electricity bills, says Lords committee. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/brexit-energy-shortages-gas-electricity-bills-house-lords-david-davis-latest-uk-leave-eu-a8183706.html

The property market is so slow that an estate agent is listing properties on Airbnb while it waits for a sale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/property-market-slow-estate-agent-listing-properties-airbnb/

Jeremy Corbyn announces Labour will buy every homeless person in the country a house. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/28/jeremy-corbyn-announces-labour-will-buy-every-homeless-person/

Cost of British passport to increase. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42860723

Jobs most at risk from automation are in cities that voted 'most strongly for Brexit', think tank claims. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/29/jobs-risk-automation-cities-voted-strongly-brexit-think-tank/

Michael Jamieson: ‘Swimming has a problem. Micro-dosing is a huge issue’. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/29/michael-jamieson-swimming-depression-doping-micro-dosing-interview A bit unusual for the mainstream media to point out systematic doping in sports other than professional cycling? Swimming - as notoriously a doping haven (other than in the media) as American football and tennis - last received a mention of its doping problems two years ago! https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/mar/18/jon-bigg-fina-doping-swimming But there you go: that's what fake news is for; simply not to report, every bit as much as to spread hatred and lies.

29.01.2018: Donald Trump promises 'great' UK trade deal after Brexit. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/29/donald-trump-promises-great-uk-trade-deal-brexit/ A promise not worth the paper it isn't written on. (And what an arse-lickin' performance by Pee'rs Moron.)

High streets continue to struggle as new shop applications fall - report. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/27/high-streets-continue-to-struggle-as-new-shop-applications-fall/ Wot?! Despite all the 'gurus' the regime and its fake news media have thrown at the problem?

Bottom of the housing ladder: 'I feel like a squatter in my home'. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/28/bottom-of-the-housing-ladder-i-feel-like-a-squatter-in-my-home

Investment fraud warning issued by Financial Conduct Authority. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/27/investment-fraud-warning-issued-by-financial-conduct-authority/

New York investigates company accused of selling fake Twitter followers. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42853067 Or, the well-established practice of 'doping' by social media. Hopefully, Twitter will be banned from the Olympics now. And Facebook.

4 Easy to Start Online Side Hustle Ideas. https://www.thebalance.com/easy-online-side-hustle-ideas-4134313?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11940475&utm_term=

Turn Your Household Kitchen Junk into Cash on eBay. https://www.thebalance.com/junk-into-cash-on-ebay-room-by-room-1140181?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11940475&utm_term=

Earn Money from Your Hobbies. https://www.thebalance.com/earn-money-from-your-hobbies-1388980?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11940475&utm_term=

Oral care drink lowers the risk of tooth decay. https://www.springwise.com/oral-care-drink-lowers-risk-tooth-decay/?utm_campaign=1064050_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-26&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MT0Y,2V1FMX,2D4P5,1

Crowdfunding site aims to get homeless back into work. https://www.springwise.com/crowdfunding-site-aims-get-homeless-back-work/?utm_campaign=1064050_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-26&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MT0Y,2V1FMX,2D4P5,1

Cloud-based system aids PR companies in a crisis. https://www.springwise.com/cloud-based-system-aids-pr-companies-crisis/?utm_campaign=1064050_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-26&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MT0Y,2V1FMX,2D4P5,1

27.01.2018: Personal insolvencies across England and Wales reach three-year high. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/26/personal-insolvencies-across-england-and-wales-reach-three-year/

Call for broadband consumer champion. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42819178

Facebook and Instagram suffer global outage. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/instagram-down-latest-updates-not-work-stop-no-update-photos-social-media-a8178616.html

Kensington & Chelsea to curb anti-social behaviour with pilot licensing system for Airbnb-style short lets. https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/kensington-chelsea-to-curb-antisocial-behaviour-with-pilot-licensing-system-for-airbnbstyle-short-a117141.html

Over 70% of Brits consider themselves organised travellers. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/air-travel-organisation-suitcase-packing-rituals-airports-flights-boarding-a8179051.html

National Fish & Chip Awards: the UK's best chippy revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/national-fish-chip-awards-uks-best-chippy-revealed

Don't say cheese: Amsterdam turns against English usage in shops. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/26/dutch-cheese-heads-told-to-close-amsterdam-shop

You Have To Take Calculated Risks To Succeed. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/pippa-murray-you-have-to-take-calculated-risks-to-succeed_uk_5a2ffc8be4b046175433a832?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Cdl-headline%26pLid%3D982291853_uk

Solar garden robot waters plants and scares pests away. https://www.springwise.com/solar-garden-robot-waters-plants-scares-pests-away/?utm_campaign=1054231_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MLG7,2V1FMX,2CIK8,1

New smart speaker simulates presence at home. https://www.springwise.com/new-smart-speaker-simulates-presence-home/?utm_campaign=1054231_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-19&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MLG7,2V1FMX,2CIK8,1

New location app speeds up rescue time in emergencies. https://www.springwise.com/new-location-app-speeds-rescue-time-emergencies/?utm_campaign=1055623_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-22&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MMIV,2V1FMX,2CM29,1

Wearable motion sensor alerts workers to potential injury. https://www.springwise.com/wearable-motion-sensor-alerts-workers-potential-injury/?utm_campaign=1062483_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-25&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MRTF,2V1FMX,2D0ZP,1

Company uses robot instead of estate agents. https://www.springwise.com/company-uses-robot-instead-estate-agents/?utm_campaign=1062483_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-25&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MRTF,2V1FMX,2D0ZP,1

26.01.2018: Personal insolvencies predicted to have edged up annually in official figures. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/24/personal-insolvencies-predicted-to-have-edged-up-annually-in-off/

Carillion collapse: Insurers pay out £30m to suppliers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42811707

President Trump predicts 'tremendous increase' in UK-US trade. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42819405 Obviously rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of Tory Fags for America and Brexit Knobheads remaining in power long enough for the Great British Sell-off to continue

Mortgage approvals at the lowest for five years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42817663

Cold call king gets 12-year company ban after blowing £55k on Savoy wedding and jewellery. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/24/cold-call-king-gets-12-year-company-ban-blowing-55k-savoy-wedding/

Calais blockade: Protesting French fishermen block port. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42817263

Should men-only business events be a thing of the past? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42801573

Apprenticeship levy is not working, employers say. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42818613 It was never meant to work; it was only meant to be a USA-(fake) guru conceived, Tory propaganda stunt.

Meat supplier to Wetherspoon's probed over food hygiene. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42811433

Fall in tourists to US 'blamed on Trump'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42808080 That's right. Blame Trump again. Even if it's the west's fake news propaganda which has created, nurtured, exaggerated and expanded on everything which is wrong with the U Shithole of America as 'Trump's fault'. And not at all the incompetent, Big Corp, terrorist shitheads who occupied the US presidency, administration, Congress and Senate before he came along.

25.01.2018: Over three million people yet to submit tax returns ahead of January 31 deadline. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/23/over-three-million-people-yet-to-submit-tax-returns-ahead-of-jan/ This wouldn't be the Tory regime's army of fake 'self-employed entrepreneurs' by any chance?

UK unemployment falls to 1.44 million. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42802526

HMRC urged to stop blaming small firms for tax gap. https://www.contractoruk.com/news/0013403tax_stigma_running_small_company_warned_against.html The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has warned HMRC that it should change its approach to reducing the tax gap or it will risk damaging its relationship with smaller firms. The warning comes after HMRC claimed that smaller firms are responsible for 46% of the tax gap during an evidence session with the Public Accounts Committee. The CIOT has called for HMRC to carry out an investigation into how smaller firms contribute to the tax gap, and to develop targeted initiatives that tackle the underlying issues preventing smaller firms from complying with their tax obligations. (EnterpriseQuest)

Drop in Scottish exports to the rest of the UK as international figures rise. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/24/drop-in-scottish-exports-to-the-rest-of-the-uk-as-international/

Current account switching levels dipped year-on-year across 2017. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/23/current-account-switching-levels-dipped-year-on-year-across-2017/

New platform to improve access to alternative finance. http://www.fsb.org.uk/media-centre/latest-news/2018/01/10/fsb-fintech-platform-aims-to-fund-small-business-growth-and-reverse-plummet-in-sector-confidence The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has launched a new fintech platform to help smaller firms access alternative sources of finance. The FSB Funding Platform, which was developed by business finance platform Finpoint, uses artificial intelligence to match applicants with suitable alternative finance providers. More than 100 lenders are currently listed on the platform, which also helps to connect small businesses with financial advisers. (EnterpriseQuest)

Truffle tree pension scam cost victims tens of thousands. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42802951

Car insurance premiums rise for eight successive quarters. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42795558

Facebook should be 'regulated like cigarette industry', says tech CEO. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/24/facebook-regulated-cigarette-industry-salesforce-marc-benioff-social-media We've been saying it for years. It should be banned.

Best jobs for pay and satisfaction no longer include tech-based posts, says study. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/24/best-jobs-for-pay-and-satisfaction-no-longer-include-tech-based/

WTO head rejects talk of global trade war as US hints at more tariffs. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/jan/24/wto-head-rejects-talk-global-trade-war-us-more-tariffs Boycott the U Shitland of America. https://www.bing.com/search?q=boycott+USA&qs=n&form=QBLH&sp=-1&ghc=1&pq=boycott+usa&sc=4-11&sk=&cvid=795EE60DC2E243499BD1155C3C1FA35A

Never mind Brexit, or even Europe. The future is Eurasian. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/24/brexit-europe-future-eurasian-europeans-asia Which is why the terrorist shitland of America is tooling up for nuclear war with China, Russia, Europe and Africa with North Korea and Iran thrown in for good measure.

French parliament gives citizens the 'right to make mistakes'. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/24/french-parliament-passes-law-giving-citizens-the-right-to-make-mistakes

24.01.2018: Cybercrime: £130bn stolen from consumers in 2017, report says. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/23/cybercrime-130bn-stolen-consumers-2017-report-victims-phishing-ransomware-online-hacking Good news for the banks and American shithole payday loan companies.

More Britons positive about personal finances - survey. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/21/more-britons-positive-about-personal-finances-survey/ Especially Brits who don't have any personal finances of their own.

UK jobs expected to be axed amid Brexit uncertainty while global growth booms. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/22/uk-jobs-expected-to-be-axed-amid-brexit-uncertainty-while-global/

Carillion Scandal – “small companies to get a penny back for every pound they are owed”. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/carillion-scandal-small-companies-to-get-a-penny-back-for-every-pound-they-are-owed/ About the going rate for a Tory donor.

UK construction worker shortage hits record, warns trade association. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-construction-worker-shortage-recruitment-brexit-eu-nationals-citizens-europe-trade-association-a8172466.html And Brexit Knobheads who's jobs were being 'stolen' by all those illegal immigrants still haven't stepped up to the mark?

Why UK firms are losing patience with the ideological fantasies of Brexiteers. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/boris-johnson-customs-union-border-checks-tariffs-fantasies-of-brexiteers-a8174046.html

Babyboomers release cash from homes in record numbers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/mortgages/babyboomers-release-cash-homes-record-numbers/

Record year for stamp duty as taxman nets £1bn a month in 2017. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/news/record-year-stamp-duty-taxman-nets-1bn-month-2017/

Cold start to the year for zero interest credit card market, research finds. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/23/cold-start-to-the-year-for-zero-interest-credit-card-market-res/

Children 'need to play more to gain work skills'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42773557 Clearly, to follow in their idle parents' footsteps. A bit of helping around the house and a newspaper round would also come in handy, instead of just playing with video games, social media and watching telly.

US slaps 'America First' tariffs on washing machines and solar panels. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42784380 And there are Tory Fags for America and Brexit Knobheads who want to tie us to a 'trade deal' with this terrorist shithole.

‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/23/never-get-high-on-your-own-supply-why-social-media-bosses-dont-use-social-media

Internet making sex work safer, report finds. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/23/internet-making-sex-work-safer-report-finds

Amazon best performer for customer satisfaction: survey. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/21/amazon-best-performer-for-customer-satisfaction-survey/

Campaigners call for say in short-term letting regulation. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/22/campaigners-call-for-say-in-short-term-letting-regulation/

Instagram under fire for selling knives disguised as lipstick. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/instagram-under-fire-account-selling-knives-disguised-combs-lipsticks-alien-outfitters-knife-crime-a8170481.html

When is the self-assessment tax return deadline – and what happens if I miss it? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/self-assessment-tax-return-deadline-and-happens-miss/

23.01.2018: Watchdog ponders rule changes for SMEs following scandals. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/22/watchdog-ponders-rule-changes-for-smes-following-scandals/

CBI calls for UK to remain in a customs union with EU. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42765661

Failing to switch 'cost households extra £1,500 for energy over past six years'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/20/failing-to-switch-cost-households-extra-a-1-500-for-energy-over/

Only one in four trust social media, says survey. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42771740 As many as that trust social media?! It must be the Brexit Knobhead contingent again.

Why do banks take different approaches to fraud? http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/bank-account-fraud-reimburse-customers-pensioners-vulnerable-responsibility-security-a8166316.html

Amazon opens a supermarket with no checkouts. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42769096 A bit old hat, isn't it? Shoplifters have been using those for decades.

Army chief to call for investment to keep up with Russia. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42770208 No probs. Sack all 'army' chiefs and invest that money in a few million Injuns and a peace pipe instead.

US delegation descends on London to explore business opportunities. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/21/us-delegation-descends-on-london-to-explore-business-opportuniti/ Well, a delegation from New Orleans, that's all.

France would have left EU in similar referendum to UK's, says Macron. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/21/emmanuel-macron-uk-yes-no-brexit-vote-mistake

Venice restaurant bill outrages Japanese tourists. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42772609 Serves them right for murdering all those whales.

3 big investing lessons from Dragons' Den. (Advertorial) https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/21/3-big-investing-lessons-from-dragons-den/ 0 + 0 + 0 = 3 x 0.

WhatsApp Business: new messenger app lets companies chat to you. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/whatsapp-business-app-download-android-google-play-iphone-features-a8167631.html

Milk floats and glass bottles make a comeback as shoppers shun plastic. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/21/milk-floats-glass-bottles-make-comeback-shoppers-shun-plastic/ Civilisation beckons again!

22.01.2018: Treasury Minister says backlash to Carillion must not 'throw baby out with the bath water'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/liz-truss-carillion-pfi-john-mcdonnell-jeremy-corbyn-theresa-may-private-sector-a8170576.html According to the Minister's lobbyists, that is.

Government introduces new product safety office. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42760756 A propaganda, smoke 'n mirrors move only, from one of the most dangerously managed and polluted countries in the world.

Five things you can do to save £1,000s in 2018. https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/five-things-you-can-do-to-save-1000s-in-2018-a116976.html

Why Facebook has abandoned news for the important business of trivia. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/21/facebook-abandons-news-important-business-of-trivia Because people who use Facebook are 'trivia' themselves?

Dublin hotel sends out fake bill to blogger for exposure. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/dublin-hotel-sends-out-fake-bill-blogger-elle-darby-white-moose-cafe-exposure-invoice-publicity-a8170426.html Why 'fake'?

Hate-preaching Israeli Agriculture Minister: “The Time Has Come for Dead Palestinians”. http://truepublica.org.uk/global/israeli-agriculture-minister-time-come-dead-palestinians/ Of course, if the west's Jewish-owned-and-edited media (propaganda and fake news machine) saw the word 'Palestinians' replaced by themselves, we would be seeing a apopleptic fit taking place, arrests being made and bent politicians getting on their soapboxes and lecturing the world on hate-preaching, anti-semitism, the Holocaust, discrimination, terrorism, a threat to democracy and a million other things that go bump in the night. Closely followed by a raft of legislation further restraining freedom of movement and speech.

In the meantime, our farmers, small businesses and shops have to try and compete with the produce of mass-murderers, thieves and liars around whose stinking arses 90% of our government circulates like a swarm of flies handing out taxpayers' money, grace and favour while its own electorate has to go to food banks and sell the roofs over its heads just for the privelege of dying in debt and misery.

Paul Bocuse dies: Top French chef with three Michelin stars dies aged 91. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-chef-paul-bocuse-dead-91-triple-michelin-emmanuel-macron-a8169886.html A proper, talented celebrity (and not some botoxed media slapper) who was one of the greatest modern ambassadors French culture and gentilesse could have asked for, acting well beyond his immediate realm of cuisine and gastronomy. An example the country's media (propaganda) and politicians would do well to try and follow. (Yes. A forlorn hope, we do realise.)

When will baguettes get the UNESCO status they deserve? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/unesco-baguettes-france-paris-boulangerie-baking-bread-naples-pizza-a8166711.html With the baguette very much in the news recently, it was inevitable some hack would jump on the bandwagon and try and grab some attention by writing a suitably obsequious article. But a couple of interesting points do come out of this story: there are plenty of English artisan bakers who produce bread which is every bit as delicious, certainly more varied and just as popular as anything you can buy from a boulangerie in France. But - no surprises of course - Britain is one of very few states which hasn’t ratified the relevant Unesco convention to put its produce up on a well-deserved pedestal.

It hasn't wasted any time however, in joining up with the American shithole of terrorists in bombing and murdering defenceless civilians all around the world and helping to create millions of refugees.

Fresh air for sale. https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/jan/21/fresh-air-for-sale

The Benefits of Using a Private Mailbox for Your Home Office. https://www.thebalance.com/using-a-private-mailbox-1200782?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11891428&utm_term=

How to Build an Online Business Presence. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-build-an-online-business-presence-4157652?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11940377&utm_term=

21.01.2018: Britain will secure a bespoke trade deal after Brexit, French President Emmanuel Macron suggests. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/20/britain-will-secure-bespoke-trade-deal-brexit-french-president/ Reading between the lines, that's very neighbourly of Mr Macron! He's obviously seen little Ingerlandt struggling with its absence of leadership, integrity and common sense and is offering to help sort matters out. Good man. He's even offering to lend us a French national work of art, the Bayeaux Tapestry. Perhaps we could reciprocate by giving him one of our (fake) national treasures in return? Like Nigel Farage.

How an EU ban on credit card charges could make your holiday more expensive. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/credit-card-charges-illegal-hike-holiday-prices/ How's that go, then? Pisshead British tourist loses credit card which then gets picked up by a passing crook?

Facebook newsfeed changes: Mark Zuckerberg announces site will ask users to rank trust in media using surveys. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/facebook-newsfeed-fake-news-media-surveys-a8169436.html Given the average moronic Facebook user, it would be much quicker and much more reliable to go to one of those rare American sources which offer accurate and truthful 'news' already, such as Counterpunch. https://www.counterpunch.org/

Instagram joins crackdown on hate speech. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/19/instagram-joins-crackdown-hate-speech/ (Except hate speech aimed at Muslims, Syrians, Iraqis, Libyans, Palestinians, North Koreans, the Russians, the Poles, Asians, blacks and so on and so on . . .)

Dublin hotel bans all social media influencers. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/hotel-bans-influencers-instagram-social-media-stars-elle-darby-the-white-moose-cafe-a8166926.html Good for them! Not that there is such a thing as a 'social media influencer' anyway. Just one waster appealing to other dumb wasters. (Like mainstream, fake news shitewriters.)

Yes, we love ready meals – but Britain is still a foodie nation. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/20/britain-foodie-nation-angela-hartnett-european-cuisine Ony according to the media - which is better known for its fake news, propaganda, lies and lack of taste than as a public barometer.

25 Ways to Cut Costs in Your Home Business. https://www.thebalance.com/25-ways-to-cut-costs-in-your-home-business-4101253?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11891316&utm_term=

10 Junk Drawer Items to Sell on eBay. https://www.thebalance.com/10-junk-drawer-items-to-sell-on-ebay-4078798?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11891316&utm_term=

How to Sell Used Books for the Most Cash. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-sell-used-books-for-the-most-cash-1388970?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11891316&utm_term=

Restaurant allows diners to buy food and furnishings. https://www.springwise.com/restaurant-allows-diners-buy-food-furnishings/?utm_campaign=1051180_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MJ3G,2V1FMX,2CB8N,1

Robotic mannequin adapts to different body shapes. https://www.springwise.com/robotic-mannequin-adapts-different-body-shapes/?utm_campaign=1051180_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MJ3G,2V1FMX,2CB8N,1

20.01.2018: UK retail sales fall in December. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42744499 Despite state propaganda (fake news) trying to talk up Little Ingerlandt's economic situation.

Carillion plan dubbed 'sticking plaster'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42745119 'Sticking plaster' is pretty good going for the present regime of Tory Fags for Shiteland America. Normally, nothing happens until they receive instructions via Twatter from the Pentagon.

ATM shake-up could leave many without cash, consumer group warns. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42741465 Mind you, there's a lot of people who ain't got no cash these days, anyway. Still. It's precisely what the banks want.

Santander boss named in RBS scandal. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42739680

Number of UK home movers at 10-year high. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/uk-homemovers-movoing-house-housing-market-property-a8166426.html

New leasehold rip-off: how firms charge hundreds of pounds for ‘sales packs’. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/new-leasehold-rip-off-firms-charge-hundreds-pounds-sales-packs/

Smart meters: can energy suppliers (or hackers) turn off my supply remotely? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/ask-a-money-expert/smart-meters-can-energy-suppliers-hackers-turn-supply-remotely/

Scotland receives record number of foreign tourists thanks to weak pound and 'Outlander effect'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/scotland-receives-record-number-of-annual-visitors/ Plus the Scots aren't seen as Shiteland of America colonials. Unlike their neighbours south of Hadrian's Wall.

Hotel owner hits out at YouTube vloggers who flooded his business with bad reviews after he refused to grant free stays. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/19/hotel-owner-hits-youtube-vloggers-flooded-business-bad-reviews/ It's long been common knowledge that cowardly, illiterate, social media shite have been trying to manipulate small businesses with their reviews and the upshot is that any establishment which has received a lot of social media praise probably isn't worth considering. And vice versa.

Indian call centre closure sees TalkTalk top broadband complaints league. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/19/indian-call-centre-scam-sees-talktalk-top-broadband-complaints/ I thought it was that silly, prancing American shithead in the adverts who was prompting all the complaints?

Grenfell Tower fire: Kensington council being ‘humiliated’ at public meetings, says committee chair. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-fire-latest-updates-kensington-council-public-meetings-humiliated-residents-anger-a8167636.html There's a very quick fix for that. It's called 'prison'.

Self assessment: a step-by-step guide to completing your tax return. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tax/return/self-assessment-step-by-step-guide-completing-tax-return/

19.01.2018: Households' spending returns to pre-economic downturn levels. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/18/households-spending-returns-to-pre-economic-downturn-levels/ Spending money they haven't got, though.

Task force to support Carillion-hit firms. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42731969

Lloyds creates fund for Carillion's small business victims. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42729093 Plus a bit to keep bent politicians happy.

PFI deals 'costing taxpayers billions'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42724939 Another Tory scam for fleecing the taxpayer, taking government debt off the books and assuring bent politicians a steady stream of bungs.

'Text bomb' is latest Apple bug. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42728336 Today's latest on Made In Shiteland of America.

Homes plan back-firing, say councils. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42724940 It was just a publicity gimmick for the state's fake news propaganda, doncha know.

2 Sisters chicken supplier 'sent MPs Christmas biscuits'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42729358 And what else did our MPs 'get for Christmas'?

Woman takes her cat to the vet - then finds it selling on Facebook marketplace for £50. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/woman-takes-cat-vet-finds-selling-facebook-marketplace-50/

How to Make More Money in Business. https://www.thebalance.com/business-money-makers-2948297?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11891257&utm_term=

Business Plans Made Simple. https://www.thebalance.com/business-plans-made-simple-1794150?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11891257&utm_term=

Tips on Creating and Growing Your Personal Brand. https://www.thebalance.com/creating-and-growing-personal-brand-2295814?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11854401&utm_term=

New street lamp powered by dog poo. https://www.springwise.com/new-street-lamp-powered-dog-poo/?utm_campaign=1046042_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MF4Q,2V1FMX,2C1AL,1

CO2 from cars used as ink on public health billboard. https://www.springwise.com/co2-cars-used-ink-public-health-billboard/?utm_campaign=1046042_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-15&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MF4Q,2V1FMX,2C1AL,1

18.01.2018: Work paused on Carillion construction sites. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42715147 Not that much work ever took place on Carillion sites . . .

Carillion latest: Pension trade body warns of scammers taking advantage in aftermath of collapse. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/carillion-latest-updates-pension-fraud-scams-pensioners-retired-collapse-government-contract-a8163996.html Dog eat dog, eh?

RBS boss to appear in front of MPs after staff told to let small business clients hang themselves. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/rbs-boss-to-appear-in-front-of-mps-after-staff-told-to-let-clien/ Yet when numerous sources started suggesting that criminal bankers should swing, the offshore, fake news, state media howled them down. Perhaps they were worried about their own necks as well?

CBI criticises short-term policies to improve skills base. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42712453

YouTube toughens advert payment rules. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42716393

Police accused of 'helping criminals' by selling old items of uniform on eBay. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/17/police-accused-helping-criminals-selling-old-items-uniform-ebay/ Is this going to be a new reality tv series?

Landmark court ruling could decriminalise street prostitution in UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prostitutes-sex-workers-criminalise-trafficking-victims-divisional-court-ruling-prostitution-a8163466.html Westminster's political whores looking for a fresh avenue, perhaps?

The plastic-free stores showing the big brands how to do it. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/the-plastic-free-stores-showing-the-big-brands-how-to-do-it

CNET Community: what anti-virus do you trust and use? https://www.cnet.com/forums/discussions/what-antivirus-do-you-trust-and-use/?ftag=CAD5920658&bhid=22951757626637189212880527427435

New store in Singapore sells only Kickstarter-funded products. https://www.springwise.com/new-store-singapore-sells-kickstarter-funded-products/?utm_campaign=1039327_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M9Y7,2V1FMX,2BLL2,1

3D printing from algae bioplastic eliminates waste. https://www.springwise.com/3d-printing-algae-bioplastic-eliminates-waste/?utm_campaign=1039327_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M9Y7,2V1FMX,2BLL2,1

Live-streamed exhibition aims to engage wider audience. https://www.springwise.com/artwork-broadcasted-live-online-locations-around-new-york-city/?utm_campaign=1039327_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-09&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M9Y7,2V1FMX,2BLL2,1

Wearable smartphone designed for very young children. https://www.springwise.com/smartphone-designed-young-children/?utm_campaign=1040750_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MB1Q,2V1FMX,2BPAY,1

New ebike design reduces risk of accidents. https://www.springwise.com/new-ebike-design-reduces-risk-accidents/?utm_campaign=1040750_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MB1Q,2V1FMX,2BPAY,1

Autonomous grocery store brings food at consumers’ doorstep. https://www.springwise.com/autonomous-grocery-store-brings-food-consumers-doorstep&/?dm_i=3GJ2,MB1Q,2V1FMX,2BPAY,1#8217;|doorstep|Food+%26amp%3B+Beverage|Retail

17.01.2018: Carillion directors to be investigated. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42703549 And not incompetent, corrupt ministers?

Support to help smaller firms supply Government. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gld-lawyers-open-up-12bn-of-government-work-to-smes The Crown Commercial Service and the Government Legal Department have launched a new public sector contract, which has been simplified and streamlined in order to help smaller firms become Government suppliers. The new contract is written in plain English and is also more user-friendly so smaller firms can understand and use the contract without the need for legal advice. The new contract will be first used for facilities management contracts before being rolled out across central government. 'Support' in the language of the Tories means anything but actual help. Companies like Carillion which are the source of endless, lucrative bungs, remain the priority.

Debt fears for poorer households. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42691657 There are no 'fears' as far as the criminal banks, shite American payday loan companies and credit card lenders are concerned.

Mortgage market 'remains buoyant' despite interest rate rise. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/16/mortgage-market-remains-buoyant-despite-interest-rate-rise/

Virgin Media under fire for £240 bills to end contracts in areas where company can't provide internet. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/virgin-media-under-fire-for-240-end-contract-fee-disconnect-customers-move-to-addresses-no-internet-a8160586.html

UK businesses brace for credit and debit card fee ban coming into effect this weekend. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/credit-card-fee-ban-uk-business-plan-weekend-deadline-banking-regulation-a8153801.html

Bacon with banned additive among risks of US-UK trade deal. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/16/bacon-laced-banned-additive-us-trade-deal-food-risk-list This article looks at 10 items of shite which we could be forced to import from the U Shiteland of America under a trade 'deal'. (As advocated by Tory Fags for America and Little Ingerlandt's fake news media.)

Britons in Netherlands take fight for their EU rights to Dutch court. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/16/britons-in-netherlands-take-fight-for-their-eu-rights-to-dutch-court

Hospital app helps children through learning and play. https://www.springwise.com/hospital-app-helps-children-learning-play/?utm_campaign=1037677_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-08&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M8OD,2V1FMX,2BHJ3,1

Synthetic spider silk makes its way into fashion. https://www.springwise.com/synthetic-spider-silk-makes-way-fashion/?utm_campaign=1037677_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-08&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M8OD,2V1FMX,2BHJ3,1

Startup launches fully organic underground farm in Paris. https://www.springwise.com/startup-launches-fully-organic-underground-farm-paris/?utm_campaign=1044029_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MDKT,2V1FMX,2BWRU,1

New 3D printing technique uses genetically programmed living cells. https://www.springwise.com/new-3d-printing-technique-uses-genetically-programmed-living-cells/?utm_campaign=1044029_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MDKT,2V1FMX,2BWRU,1

New ad doubles as a pregnancy test. https://www.springwise.com/new-ad-doubles-pregnancy-test/?utm_campaign=1044029_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-12&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MDKT,2V1FMX,2BWRU,1

16.01.2018: Carillion collapse: Government contractor enters compulsory liquidation 'with immediate effect'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/carillion-latest-compulsory-liquidation-contractor-prisons-hs2-united-kingdom-a8159326.html All that damage and no 'terrorists' in sight. Apart from the Tories themselves.

New Tory Housing Secretary Was Director Of His Brother’s £11m Buy-To-Let Property Firm. http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/new-tory-housing-secretary-director-brothers-11m-buy-let-property-firm/

Average UK house prices up £2,000 in January, but buyers remain 'choosy'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/uk/average-uk-house-prices-2000-january-buyers-remain-choosy/

Legal Q&A: will we lose our home if we can't afford to keep up our monthly mortgage payments? https://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/mortgages/will-we-lose-our-home-if-we-cant-afford-to-keep-up-our-monthly-mortgage-payments-a116861.html

Open banking: The money revolution nobody knows about. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/open-banking-eu-uk-share-financial-data-transaction-history-spending-patterns-a8151761.html That's the whole idea.

58% Of People Are Drinking Alcohol To Deal With Day-To-Day Pressures. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/people-drink-alcohol-consumption-deal-daily-life_uk_5a58e68ae4b04f3c55a22b36

The UK has been labelled as dangerous for tourists as the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Algeria in a new travel advisory ranking system from the US State Department. http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/us-travel-advisory-ranking-uk-dangerous-congo-terrorism-threat-american-tourists-warning-trump-a8159556.html Still nothing like as dangerous as the Terrorist Shithole of America where statistically, you stand more chance of being murdered by a policeman than from all the attacks in Europe put together.

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42692641 Discerning tourists are finally making their mark: who wants to visit a terrorist shithole like America?

UK and France may drift apart after Brexit, warns former ambassador. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/15/uk-and-france-may-drift-apart-after-brexit-warns-former-ambassador Does that mean we might start finding some British produce in the shops?

Private school scam warning as Charity Commission says parents are being targeted by email fraudsters. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/private-school-scam-warning-charity-commission-says-parents/

British supermarket chickens show record levels of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/15/british-supermarket-chickens-show-record-levels-of-antibiotic-resistant-superbugs

The new rules of dining out: resist table-hogging, tip in cash, don't moan about cakeage. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/15/the-new-rules-of-dining-out-resist-table-hogging-tip-in-cash-dont-moan-about-cakeage Obviously written for social media riff-raff because there's nothing 'new' about these rules whatsoever.

A modern engineer building classic bicycle frames – in pictures. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2018/jan/15/modern-engineer-building-classic-bicycle-frames-in-pictures

Viking fishing on the river Lune - in pictures. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/nov/10/viking-fishing-river-lune-haaf-netting-in-pictures

A modern-day silversmith – in pictures. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/oct/20/the-ancient-craft-of-silversmithing-in-pictures

Revival of the little mesters: a Sheffield pocket knife maker – in pictures. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2016/nov/02/revival-of-the-little-mesters-a-sheffield-pocket-knife-maker-in-pictures

15.01.2018: HMRC debts causing more businesses to fail, figures show. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/14/hmrc-debts-causing-more-businesses-to-fail-figures-show/ Unless they're Big Corp, of course. Especially Shithole American Big Corp.

Trump row could kill off swift post-Brexit trade deal, says former UK envoy. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/13/trump-tension-risk-quick-us-uk-trade-deal We live in hope.

Dyson Advert Banned For Implying Indoor Air Pollution Is More Harmful Than Outdoor Air Pollution. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dyson-advert-banned-for-implying-indoor-air-pollution-is-more-harmful-than-outdoor-air-pollution_uk_5a55cdc4e4b0d614e48ad7c3?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Crelated_lnk2%26pLid%3D888711762_uk Oh, look. More fake Brit, Dyson advertising problems.

The road to food sovereignty. https://newint.org/blog/2017/12/14/peasants-feed-world Makes a refreshing change from the rubbish one usually reads in the fake news, mainstream media.

Baguette 'the envy of the world’, says Emmanuel Macron as he backs calls for bread to get UNESCO status. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/13/emmanuel-macron-demands-un-recognise-french-baguette-cultural/ I prefer some fresh, Irish soda bread, myself. The trouble with baguettes is that their quality is extremely variable, even in France; and it's not proper 'man's food', either. All crust and air holes and what little crumb there is goes dry within a couple of hours, which doesn't exactly enhance your Marmite and strawberry jam spread.

Budget bespoke: the rise of affordable tailoring. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/style/budget-bespoke-rise-affordable-tailoring1/ There are still plenty of places around the world where you can buy a couple of affordable, bespoke suits. Which haven't been bombed by American terrorist shit, that is.

Lego pop-up bar set to open in London. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/lego-pop-up-bar-london-spring-a8158336.html And here, the Tory regime will be unveiling its new Housing Policy.

Ethical roaster Union aiming to double revenues as British coffee culture booms. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/14/ethical-roaster-union-aiming-to-double-revenues-as-british-coffe/

Tears 'streamed down children's faces' as terrified crowds sought shelter from ballistic missile that never was. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hawaii-ballistic-missile-alert-reaction-children-cry-mother-panic-shelter-latest-updates-false-alarm-a8158116.html And where were the reports of 'tears streaming down childrens' faces' in the west's cowardly, hate-preaching, fake news terrorist propaganda when American-led shit launched millions of real missiles, bombs, shells and bullets against Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, the Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and a couple of dozen other countries?

10 Must-Have Desk Accessories for Your Home Office. https://www.thebalance.com/must-have-desk-accessories-for-your-home-office-4157449?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11854341&utm_term=

10 Things You Can Make and Sell for Extra Cash. https://www.thebalance.com/making-and-selling-things-for-extra-cash-4142344?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11804246&utm_term=

Businesses You Can Start With $10K or Less. https://www.thebalance.com/businesses-you-can-start-with-usd10k-or-less-4156832?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11804246&utm_term=

Compostable seaweed straws can be eaten after use. https://www.springwise.com/compostable-seaweed-straws-can-eaten-use/?utm_campaign=1041956_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-10&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,MBZ8,2V1FMX,2BRWI,1

14.01.2018: Open Banking 'revolution' to challenge banks' dominance. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42655716 Another dollop of fake news bullshit.

Wealthy homeowners received millions in public money under Government scheme to help first-time buyers. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/help-to-buy-property-millions-pounds-government-housing-home-ownership-shelter-a8156631.html Or 'Bungs For Votes' as the regime's scheme is known.

Is this the end of Britain's buy-to-let love affair? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/buy-to-let/end-britains-buy-to-let-love-affair/

Mentally ill 'exploited' by unaccredited online counselling. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/online-counselling-therapy-mental-health-mentally-ill-exploited-unaccredited-nhs-a8123131.html Which is precisely what was going on in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, of course. And still is.

The cost of travelling uninsured: £40,000 for dengue fever or £760,000 for a stroke. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/insurance/travel/cost-travelling-uninsured-40000-dengue-fever-760000-stroke/

Animal welfare groups call for higher standards for farmed chickens. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/13/animal-welfare-groups-call-for-higher-standards-for-farmed-chickens This is very old news. Unfortunately, those calls aren't going to get any further as long as Brexit Knobhead types keep buying American chicken fast-food shite. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who produce high-quality birds, just as my family did when I was a lad. And customers were a great deal more knowledgeable, discerning and loyal.

Macron: French baguettes should be Unesco-listed treasures. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42674724 You've got to hand it to the French - they know how to blow their own trumpet and wave their own flag! And rightly so, even if the baguette and other French traditions are most at threat from their own politicians. Unlike Brexit Knobheads and We-Love-To-Trump goons who prefer to wave American (and Israeli) flags instead.

Couple branded 'riff-raff' by Middlesboro restaurant after complaining about meal. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/couple-riff-raff-middlesborough-restaurant-the-oven-meal-refund-complains-rubbery-prawns-a8155431.html As they posted their criticism of the restaurant on Facebook then it's true - they are common riff-raff.

Special delivery: Ex-pat flying favourite curry to southern France. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/13/special-delivery-ex-pat-flying-favourite-curry-to-southern-fran/ There are some very good, authentic curry houses in France already plus plenty of ex-pats offering all kinds of international cuisine and not just curries. However, the south of France isn't noted for the intelligence of its residents, whatever their nationality.

13.01.2018: Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42661361 That's against the bog-roll $ from the U Shitland of America. Against the euro and most other currencies, of course, it's 'highest level' is much more forgettable.

Five things we've learnt from British shoppers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42650186

HMRC 'hit by Brexit and Paradise Papers'. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42656739 HMRC got 'hit' the moment self-assessment was introduced, followed by a rolling programme of digital dickheadisation.

Card surcharges ban - what does it mean for consumers? https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/11/card-surcharges-ban-what-does-it-mean-for-consumers/ Not a lot.

Ban on 'rip-off' card surcharges to take effect. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/11/ban-on-rip-off-card-surcharges-to-take-effect/

Banking revolution 'will help guide people to better deals'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/11/banking-revolution-will-help-guide-people-to-better-deals/ Does that mean they are finally going to start hanging criminal bankers?

People retiring in 2018 'have highest income expectations in at least a decade'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/10/people-retiring-in-2018-have-highest-income-expectations-in-at/ Apart from the vast majority of retiring self-employed, of course. If there is such a thing as a self-employed person who retires. And who can have all the 'expectations' they want.

Facebook overhauls News Feed to promote 'more meaningful' posts from family and friends - raising questions for businesses. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/12/facebook-overhauls-news-feed-promote-meaningful-posts/ Well - the obvious solution is to ban Facebook altogether, as we keep saying. Then there wouldn't be any issues for businesses whatsoever. Paedos, terrorists, politicians, crooks and saddos, perhaps. But businesses should get by OK.

Watchdog to review £11bn UK roll-out of smart meters. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42655965 Or, turn a blind eye, as they say.

Wages down as prices and profits soar. Corporate Britain has is it far too easy. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/wages-down-as-prices-and-profits-soar-corporate-britain-has-is-it-far-too-easy-a8155271.html And much of that is off the back of the Tory regime's millions of (fake) self-employed 'entrepreneurs.

IOC accused of 'backroom deals' with Russia over doping scandal. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/12/ioc-accused-of-backroom-deals-with-russia-over-doping-scandal Errr. The IOC has had 'backroom deals' with all major competing nations since doping took the form of eating raw sheeps' testicles. It's just that the 'cheating', fake news media chooses to focus on an erring handful just to keep the rest of the stinking can of worms out of sight. As well as the six-figure salaries of 'cheating' sports hacks getting doped up at a local watering hole every day.

Kushner’s connection to an Israeli business goes without scrutiny – imagine how different it would be if that business was Palestinian. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/jared-kushner-israel-business-connections-no-scrutiny-palestine-difference-us-relations-donald-trump-a8153411.html How about the connections between British ('fake' Brit) politicians/the country's ('fake news' propaganda) media and Israeli businesses which go without scrutiny?

Donald Trump cancels February visit to UK. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42657954 Oh, dear. Proper Brits will be gutted. Although that's one American terrorist less to worry about.

12.01.2018: Brexit campaigners take hamper of British foods to Brussels - made by firms worried by EU withdrawal. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-hamper-british-food-products-eu-brussels-michel-barnier-marmite-pg-tips-hendricks-gin-a8152006.html Which just about sums up the Fake Brit morons (politicians) this country has to put up with.

Christmas shopping: the winners and losers. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42603005

UK businesses brace for credit and debit card fee ban coming into effect this weekend. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/credit-card-fee-ban-uk-business-plan-weekend-deadline-banking-regulation-a8153801.html

Landlords planning to sell property hits 10-year high because of tax changes, research finds. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/landlords-selling-property-high-tax-changes-uk-rental-market-properties-economy-latest-a8153376.html

Knowledge gap leaves Britons vulnerable to money laundering criminals. http://www.independent.co.uk/money/spend-save/money-laundering-money-mules-criminals-british-people-vulnerable-knowledge-gap-illegal-bank-a8151706.html 'Knowledge gap'? That's a polite way of saying 'thick as two short planks'! Which is precisely what Big Corp marketing and the fake news media want them to be.

Ambition set out for 'dramatic increase' in annual number of new homes built. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/11/ambition-set-out-for-dramatic-increase-in-annual-number-of-new/ 'Ambition', eh? So it's not 'promises' or 'planning' any more? The endless lies having got too tedious even for the regime's official, fake news media.

Firms fined £600,000 over nuisance marketing. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/11/firms-fined-a-600-000-over-nuisance-marketing/ Which means Google is going to get fined £60 billion?

Apple pays extra £136m in tax after HMRC investigation. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42641989 Peanuts.

Number of Britons applying for French citizenship rises tenfold in three years. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/11/number-of-britons-applying-for-french-citizenship-rises-tenfold-in-three-years

11.01.2018: UK manufacturing output at its highest for 10 years. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42633502 Ah, yes. Luxury boats, drones and bombs. Well done, the UK 'manufacturing' industry.

UK boating industry buoyed by weak pound. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42623082

Plastic bag charge: 5p levy could be extended in England. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42630898 It's not just the use of plastic bags which has caused the problem but the increasing use of nuclear grade wrapping which needs a miner's bar and a machette just to get at the contents. Obviously, just another corporate trend overlooked for many years by the fake news media, more accustomed to lying, hate-preaching, social media, football and anti-semitism issues. While dumb consumers pay more for the packaging and its marketing than its contents.

Spread betting shares fall after FCA warns consumers 'may be at serious risk of harm'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/10/spread-betting-firms-accused-ignoring-rules-putting-consumers/

Pollution hotspots revealed: Check your area. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42566393 Not so much 'hotspots' but areas which are even more polluted than the rest of the country. Including above all, the interior of most peoples' cars on a school run.

France cuts speed limit on roads after alarming rise in deaths. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/10/france-cuts-speed-limit-rise-deaths French statistics are notoriously rigged, especially driving casualty statistics, because the French, fatally, all think they are good drivers. Especially driving while talking endless shite into a piece of plastic. Textin'. Reading texts. Looking at themselves in the mirror. Looking at the satnav. Looking at other drivers talking into a piece of plastic shite. Overtaking other drivers looking at their satnavs and talking into a piece of plastic. Trying to work out their road signs while driving at 140kph. (If they haven't got updated satnavs.) And so it goes on.

French town's decision to ban pork-free school meals branded 'anti-Muslim'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pork-free-school-meals-ban-substitute-france-town-anti-muslim-islamophobic-halal-beaucaire-a8149976.html Much more to the point is the EU-wide - but particularly the French - historical ban on all things British. However, as this is not editorial flavour-of-the-century such as inciting hatred against Muslims, immigrants and the East Europeans while supporting western and Israeli terrorism instead, then of course, local, patriotic and democratic issues don't get a mention in the country's fake news media.

Bangkok street vendor wants to give back Michelin star. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/bangkok-street-vendor-michelin-star-raan-jay-fai-give-back-a8150341.html That will certainly do his business a lot of good. The man's got 'class'.

10.01.2018: Bailiffs unleashed on nearly 41,000 firms failing to pay rising business rates. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/08/bailiffs-unleashed-on-nearly-41-000-firms-failing-to-pay-rising/

Intel promises fix for chip flaw that left billions of devices vulnerable to hackers 'within a week'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/09/intel-promises-fix-chip-flaw-left-billions-devices-vulnerable/

Festive food spending up by £1bn on 2016. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42612467

Rising food costs leave little room for festive splurge. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42612467

Brexit: government urged to stop cost of VAT rule change hitting UK firms. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/09/brexit-government-urged-to-stop-cost-of-vat-rule-change-hitting-uk-firms

Reform 'retentions' to help building firms hit top gear ahead of Brexit, MP says. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/reform-retentions-to-help-building-firms-hit-top-gear-ahead-of/

Farmers urged to prepare for online VAT reporting. http://www.fwi.co.uk/business/farm-businesses-to-face-new-digital-vat-regime.htm The National Farmers' Union (NFU) is urging farmers to prepare for the introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT, which will require all farm businesses operating above the VAT threshold to keep digital records for VAT purposes from April 2019. The NFU has warned that moving to a digital VAT system will be a challenge for farmers and is calling on the Government to delay its implementation. In particular, the NFU has warned that many farmers will struggle to submit online reports due to poor rural broadband speeds, while the complex nature of farm accounting means it will be difficult to develop appropriate software before April 2019. (EnterpriseQuest)

Warning as research shows 19% approached about making holiday sickness claim. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/warning-as-research-shows-19-approached-about-making-holiday-si/

The UK's most popular dating sites: what they cost and what they claim. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/uks-popular-dating-sites-cost-claim/

New 1.2pc savings account for those who 'actively avoid the internet'. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/savings/new-12pc-savings-account-actively-avoid-internet/

Facebook bug let advertisers find users' phone numbers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/09/facebook-bug-let-advertisers-find-phone-number/

Apple investigated by France for 'planned obsolescence'. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42615378 That's rich, coming from the country of 'Merde in France'!

Virgin Trains Will No Longer Stock Daily Mail On West Coast Route. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/virgin-trains-daily-mail_uk_5a54ab99e4b003133ecc183b Good to see the momentum against Little Ingerlandt's hate-preaching, fake news, state propaganda is continuing.

09.01.2018: 2017 'weakest year for consumer spending since 2012'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/06/2017-weakest-year-for-consumer-spending-since-2012/

Sharp slowdown in house price growth in 2017, Halifax says. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42602990

HMRC launches free mobile app for taxpayers. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-official-hmrc-app/the-free-hmrc-app HMRC has launched a free mobile app that allows taxpayers to view their tax code, see an estimate of tax to be paid, check their National Insurance number and view their tax credits payments schedule and apply for renewals. Information for self-assessment taxpayers is not currently available and HMRC is not planning to launch an app for Making Tax Digital. Using the app requires a Government Gateway ID. The app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. (EnterpriseQuest)

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Motorists in line for compensation if mis-sold an ex-rental. https://www.aol.co.uk/cars/2018/01/08/motorists-in-line-for-compensation-if-mis-sold-an-ex-rental/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Cdl-headline%26pLid%3D907191858_uk How about compensation for consumers mis-sold American plastic shite referred to as 'smartphones'?

Apple investors urge action on 'smartphone addiction'. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42608822

'Divorce Day' as money worries drive couples apart. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42598969

Parliament Staff Tried To Access Porn '24,000 Times Since The General Election'. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/parliament-staff-porn_uk_5a531cb3e4b01e1a4b16d6a3?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Cdl-headline%26pLid%3D866746241_uk This is very old 'news' and there have already been a number of similar reports. It's why urban slang for Westminster, the seat of British politics and all its hangers-on, is 'Wankminster'.

08.01.2018: Post-Brexit trade deal at risk if Donald Trump is not invited to Royal wedding, says Fire and Fury author. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/07/post-brexit-trade-deal-risk-donald-trump-not-invited-royal-wedding/ And there are media columnists who ask what happened to the British Empire.

Farage to claim to be voice of 17.4m Brexit voters when meeting Barnier. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/07/nigel-farage-to-claim-to-be-voice-of-174m-brexit-voters-when-meeting-barnier And not the stooge for a handful of American cyberhackers?

Emmanuel Macron hopes China visit will boost Beijing's ties with EU. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/07/emmanuel-macron-china-visit-beijing-ties-eu-xi-brexit More bad news for Little Ingerlandt's Brexiteers, Fags for America and Friends of Israel.

Firms may face upfront VAT after Brexit. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42595875 Countries have fought civil wars over issues like these. It's time Brexit Knobheads were required to have a big 'W' tattooed across their foreheads.

More than 25% of UK households don't know what energy tariff they have. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/uk-households-energy-standard-variable-tariff-svts-know-gas-electricity-bills-cost-a8139916.html

The businesses making a living from God's work (despite falling attendances). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/06/businesses-making-living-gods-work/ On the other hand, my local church congregation has grown in size dramatically in recent years. Very good for a bit of networking, is going to church. And keeping in touch with 'Him' taking names.

We're The Do-It-Yourself Generation. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jamal-edwards-were-the-do-it-yourself-generation_uk_5a301eb0e4b046175433f480?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Crelated_lnk2%26pLid%3D848988939_uk Which generation would this be, then?

The Top 10: Rock Stars Who Became Top Professionals in Unrelated Fields. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/top-10-rock-stars-who-became-top-professionals-in-unrelated-fields-a8143831.html

5 Soft Skills You Need to Freelance From Home. https://www.thebalance.com/best-soft-skills-to-freelance-from-home-4119027?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11742826&utm_term=

New device makes 3D printing as easy as waving a wand. https://www.springwise.com/new-device-makes-3d-printing-easy-waving-wand/?utm_campaign=1035204_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M6RO,2V1FMX,2BANL,1

Restored heritage train operates on energy from the sun. https://www.springwise.com/restored-heritage-train-operates-energy-sun/?utm_campaign=1035204_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M6RO,2V1FMX,2BANL,1

New microchip mimics human brain. https://www.springwise.com/new-microchip-mimics-human-brain/?utm_campaign=1035204_Springwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-04&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M6RO,2V1FMX,2BANL,1 Or, a soggy chip if it's an American or a Brexit Knobhead, errr, 'brain'.

07.01.2018: Trump did not know what Brexit was two weeks before EU referendum, author of explosive book claims. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/donald-trump-brexit-fire-and-fury-michael-wolff-eu-referendum-radio-4-today-latest-a8145176.html Nor did millions of Brits!

Visa locks down Bitcoin payment cards in crackdown on card issuer. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/05/visa-locks-bitcoin-payment-cards-crackdown-card-issuer/

Former Tory and Ukip MP handed six-months suspended jail sentence for tricking elderly people. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/bob-spink-guilty-election-fraud-ukip-tory-mp-council-electoral-nomination-ballots-conservative-a8143891.html The man obviously had the makings of a future Tory Party Chairman or Prime Minister. Where he went wrong was by not tricking millions.


Climbing and mountain biking are in, spas and sauvignon are out... the New Girls' Weekend. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/climbing-mountain-biking-spas-sauvignon-new-girls-weekend/

Yes, we have a handshake, but it’s no secret, insist Freemasons. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/yes-have-handshake-no-secret-insist-freemasons/

Is this the most eccentric town in Britain? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/totnes-what-to-see-and-do/

Police force guilty of misdirection by claiming satnavs must be in bottom right corner of a windscreen. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/police-wrong-say-satnavs-must-bottom-right-windscreen-corner/

How smart speakers stole the show from smartphones. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/06/how-smart-speakers-stole-the-show-from-smartphones

06.01.2018: Fall in consumer confidence puts brake on new car sales. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/fall-in-consumer-confidence-puts-brake-on-new-car-sales/ 'Consumer confidence'? Or 'ain't got no shekels'?

Chancellor refuses to rule out post-Brexit customs union with EU. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/chancellor-refuses-to-rule-out-post-brexit-customs-union-with-eu/ Any union or fiscal harmonisation designed to fleece the hard-working public was never going to be threatened. It's what Big Corp lobbying is about - and the EU is riddled with as many corrupt aparatchiks as Wankminster is with fagging politicians.

Meltdown and Spectre: All Macs, iPhones and iPads affected. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42575033 Never, in the history of mankind, has so much daily shite come out of just one arsehole - the USA. And there are dumb sheeple out there who are actually loving it.

New farming group: Brexit is chance to protect nature and tackle climate change. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/new-farming-group-brexit-is-chance-to-protect-nature-and-tackle/ Sure. So the NFU has lived up to it's name then? No Fuckin' Use.

MPs propose 25p 'latte levy' on disposable coffee cups. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/05/mps-propose-25p-latte-levy-on-disposable-coffee-cups/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Cdl-headline%26pLid%3D290527845_uk How can you possibly drink a decent coffee out of a plastic or polystyrene cup? (Unless you are an American trailer trash clone or a Brexit Knobhead.) They should make it a £2.50 levy for crimes against good taste and the planet. And anyone buying from coffeehouse chains should be legally obliged to pay another £2.50 per cup for discriminating against Italian family cafes which not only sell proper coffee but proper ice cream, cakes and food, too.

Mark Zuckerberg vows to 'fix' Facebook. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42569105 That's taken a while. And the Pentagon have agreed, have they? Or is it just another pack of American lies?

Cut Premier League ticket prices, urges Man City captain. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42574469 Football has to keep prices high or there wouldn't be enough cash going around to keep this epicentre of systematic official cheating, corruption, athletic mediocrity and inequality afloat. And 25% of the criminal, fake news media, of course.

32 Ecommerce Tools to Take Your Retail Business Online. https://www.thebalance.com/ecommerce-tools-to-take-your-retail-business-online-4150111?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11742792&utm_term=

How to Do Instagram Ads. https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-do-instagram-ads-4156723?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11742792&utm_term=

Old fishing nets recycled into games and sports equipment. https://www.springwise.com/old-fishing-nets-recycled-games-sports-equipment/?utm_campaign=1034276_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M61W,2V1FMX,2B841,1

Virtual souvenirs and riddles gamify sightseeing. https://www.springwise.com/virtual-souvenirs-riddles-gamify-sightseeing/?utm_campaign=1034276_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M61W,2V1FMX,2B841,1

Steering wheel integrates gesture controls for automated driving. https://www.springwise.com/steering-wheel-integrates-gesture-controls-automated-driving/?utm_campaign=1034276_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202018-01-03&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M61W,2V1FMX,2B841,1

05.01.2018: Brexit vote 'fuelled by immigration and economic decline in local areas'. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/04/brexit-vote-fuelled-by-immigration-and-economic-decline-in-loca/ Or, you could take the more reliable view that Brexit was fuelled by a lying, criminal, foreign-owned, offshore, tax-dodging, hate-preaching, fake news media which had so successfully dumbed down the public in recent years that a significant number of those who voted actually believed what they had read and heard.

Rush to fix 'serious' computer chip flaws. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42561169

Intel microchip flaw much worse than feared and could affect billions of devices including phones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/01/04/global-microchip-flaw-much-worse-feared-could-haunt-us-time/ Would that necessarily be a bad thing? At the very least it would impair an increasingly dumb public from buying more American crap in future.

Hundreds of smartphone apps are monitoring their users. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/smartphone-apps-listening-privacy-alphonso-shazam-advertising-pool-3d-honey-quest-a8139451.html 'Smart' phones - for dumb users.

House price growth slowed in 2017, says Nationwide. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42555351

Remortgage approvals reached nine-year high in November. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/04/remortgage-approvals-reached-nine-year-high-in-november/

Buying a home: How long does it take to save a deposit? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42565427 How long does it take a Millennial to get out of bed, find a job and keep it?

Post-Brexit farming funding set out by Michael Gove. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42559845 Or, the 'kiss of death' if Gormless Gove is behind it.

Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/04/india-national-id-database-data-leak-bought-online-aadhaar Wow. That's almost as much as the Tory regime's 'billion' self-employed entrepreneurs database is worth.

Macron proposes anti-fake news election law. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/macron-fake-news-law-elections-facebook-social-media-a8140721.html Official French 'news' is nothing but a propaganda machine, so blatant and infantile that even Stalin wouldn't have used it. To suggest enforcing official 'fake news' during election times shows just how widespread public cynicism has become although there is no threat to press freedom, implied or otherwise. Real journalists haven't worked for the country's mainstream media for many, many years anyway. (Just like the British and the American press, in other words.)

Iran protests: US accused of 'grotesque' interference. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42563528 American terrorists were clearly feeling confident at their success with the Arab Spring, the Orange Revolution and the Brexit referendum.

04.01.2018: Major flaw in millions of Intel chips revealed. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42553818

TPP: Could UK really join Pacific trade group? http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42549541 Makes more sense than joining a US/Guatemalan/Israeli Terrorist (UGIT) trade group.

Thousands benefit from stamp duty cut, says Theresa May. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42552547

£300,000 pension pot needed 'to maintain current lifestyle in retirement'. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2018/01/03/a-300-000-pension-pot-needed-to-maintain-current-lifestyle-in-r/

Concerns on approach to consumer rights post-Brexit. http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/eu-justice-subcommittee/news-parliament-2017/brexit-consumer-protection-report-published/The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee has published a new report setting out a number of concerns about the Government's current approach to protecting and enforcing citizens' consumer rights after the UK leaves the EU. In particular, the sub-committee claims that the Government has provided no information about how the UK will continue to participate in the cross-border networks that currently protect consumer rights across the EU. The report also provides a warning that simply transferring consumer rights into UK law will be insufficient. (EnterpriseQuest)

More than 11,000 homes empty for longer than a decade. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/01/11000-homes-empty-longer-decade/

Ofgem plans to limit back-billing of smaller firms. https://www.acs.org.uk/news/acs-welcomes-proposals-introduce-licence-obligation-backbilling The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed Ofgem proposals to limit back-billing of gas and electricity for smaller firms. A back-bill is sent by energy suppliers to customers who have been undercharged for their gas and electricity. Under Ofgem plans, energy suppliers would only be able to back-bill small and micro business customers for a maximum of 12 months. Currently, non-domestic customers can be back-billed for up to five years depending on the supplier. (EnterpriseQuest)

Each of us streamed 1,036 songs last year (and most of them were by Ed Sheeran). http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42541440

Why new rules threaten the survival of traditional banks. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42553047

Dating website eHarmony's 'scientific' match ad banned. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42541409

7 New Year's Resolutions That Will Change Your Small Business in 2018. https://www.thebalance.com/small-business-new-year-resolutions-2951843?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11742743&utm_term=

How Micro-Marketing Can Get Big Results for Your Business. https://www.thebalance.com/how-micro-marketing-can-get-results-for-business-4156524?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11742743&utm_term=

15 Side Jobs to Make Some Extra Money. https://www.thebalance.com/15-side-jobs-to-make-some-extra-money-4074574?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11649598&utm_term=

10 Junk Drawer Items to Sell on eBay. https://www.thebalance.com/10-junk-drawer-items-to-sell-on-ebay-4078798?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11649598&utm_term=

Blockchain project provides the homeless with a digital identity. https://www.springwise.com/blockchain-project-provides-homeless-digital-identity/?utm_campaign=1032230_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M4H2,2V1FMX,2B2VE,1

03.01.2018: Ministers Cannot Name A Single Country That Asked UK For A Post-Brexit Trade Deal. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/fox-nodeal-ministers_uk_5a3bc79ae4b06d1621b2589c?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Cdl-headline%26pLid%3D834338687_uk As we have been saying for years . . . who wants to do business with a bunch of lying, thieving, murdering illegal immigrants, terrorists and war criminals? (And that's just the Tories.)

Liam Fox calls for end to 'obsessive' criticism of Brexit. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42543008 It's not Brexit which is provoking 'obsessive' criticism - but the clowns, morons and dummies fronting the operation. Like Sliam Fox - above. And their lying, treacherous supporters and backers like the criminal, fake news media.

David Davis warns EU cannot 'cherry pick' terms of free trade deal. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/david-davis-warns-eu-cannot-cherry-pick-terms-of-free-trade-de/ Which is the same thing Britain is being accused of by the EU. Well. 'Cherry picking' British clowns, morons and dummies like David Davis. Etc.

Eight million people estimated to be suffering from Christmas spending hangover. https://www.aol.co.uk/money/2017/12/31/eight-million-people-estimated-to-be-suffering-from-christmas-sp/

Households urged to start saving now for next Christmas. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42513593 Yes - but that means millions of British pissheads won't be able to spend their money on their weekly 'hangovers' though.

Online returns set to soar on 'Takeback Tuesday'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42539138

Rail fare rises: Commuters 'priced off' UK trains, protestors say. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42536159 The Tories doing what the Tories do best. Screwing the public.

Biggest house price rises for 2017 revealed. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42539137

Manufacturing industry delivers 'solid' growth in December. https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/manufacturing-industry-delivers-solid-growth-in-december/

Support for self-employed claiming Universal Credit. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-employed-on-universal-credit-to-get-business-support Low-earning self-employed claimants of Universal Credit will be able to access a free business mentoring service, the Department for Work and Pensions has announced. Self-employed claimants who earn less than the 'minimum income floor' will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of mentoring support. Mentoring will cover a range of topics such as financial planning and marketing, as well as provide claimants with help to prepare a business development and growth plan. Claimants with a viable business growth plan will be eligible for a further 12 months of business support. (EnterpriseQuest)

Policing reforms blocked by Freemasons, former chair of the Police Federation says. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/police-reforms-block-freemasons-steve-white-a8137206.html It's a shame that the Freemasons didn't block the police wasting their time on TV - rather than doing a bit of 'policing' instead.

Tout bots that bulk buy tickets banned in the UK. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/tickets-touts-bots-banned-uk-government-a8138426.html

Companies House rejects 50 potentially offensive names. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-42016501

South Korea offers to hold talks with North after Olympics olive branch. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/02/south-korea-offers-talks-with-pyongyang-kim-jong-un-winter-olympics Shucks. That's going to seriously piss off shit-stirring American terrorists and their murder industry. And what will their little Ingerlandt fag, Boris 'The Buffoon' Johnson, have to say about it all? After the Pentagon kicks his cage again.

02.01.2018: Christmas hangover for the high street with £2.5bn in unwanted presents to be returned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/01/01/christmas-hangover-high-street-25bn-unwanted-presents-returned/ With children having an attention span of just a few seconds these days and most toys made of shite 'n plastic and not worth keeping anyway, it looks as if the public might have wised up on how to have a much cheaper Christmas.

From council tax to buy-to-let rules: how to combat 2018's wealth attacks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/council-tax-buy-to-let-rules-combat-2018s-wealth-attacks/ Emigrate.

UK 'faces build-up of plastic waste'. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42455378 Perhaps the UK could divert its military resources into building rockets, bombs, missiles, drones and other bit's 'n bobs of mass destruction from paper and plastic in future? There certainly doesn't seem to be a shortage of clients in this sector. Or victims.

Google's midnight bid to disrupt £2bn EU fine revealed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/12/30/googles-midnight-bid-disrupt-2bn-eu-fine-revealed/ There's always Yahoo. Much more consistent results, anyway.

Vast majority of public backs ban on ivory sales. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/01/vast-majority-public-backs-ban-ivory-sales/ That won't get them anywhere, then. How about using this ban to get rid of millions of tons of UK plastic shite posing as ivory?

Macron's new year's speech: 'France can't succeed without a strong Europe'. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/31/macrons-new-years-speech-france-cant-succeed-without-a-strong-europe Indeed not. With the French economy built on 'subventions' from the EU taxpayer, it is essential that the rest of Europe performs as well as possible to be able to afford their #1 economic lepers and its 5-million-strong, black market of idle, leeching 'fonctionnaires' and trade unionists.

8 Startup Mistakes to Avoid When Launching a New Business. https://www.thebalance.com/common-startup-launch-mistakes-4121091?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11649247&utm_term=

How to Make Money With an Online Business. https://www.thebalance.com/online-business-4073987?utm_campaign=smbinfo&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=11649247&utm_term=

Self-service kiosks help shoppers pick up orders at their leisure. https://www.springwise.com/self-service-kiosks-help-shoppers-pick-orders-leisure/?utm_campaign=1031498_Custom%3ASpringwise%20Daily%20-%202017-12-28&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&dm_i=3GJ2,M3WQ,2V1FMX,2B0XH,1

01.01.2018: UK business group tells Theresa May the patience of British companies is 'wearing thin' over Brexit. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-british-chamber-of-commerce-theresa-may-a8135466.html

Why many businesses will despair at the thought of going through yet another vote. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/comment/brexit-second-referendum-business-uk-eu-withdrawal-talks-government-economy-trade-a8108296.html

Foreign aid to be shifted to support UK policy, Johnson says. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42528712 The latest news release from the Pentagon for their Little Ingerlandt-based stooge which translates as more shekels in diplomatic bags destined for Israeli terrorists, carried by Tory war criminals pretending to be on holiday. In the meantime, the bombing of dozens of countries which could potentially become future overseas export partners for 2 million small UK businesses, will continue.

Volunteers could guard some UK borders, Home Office says. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42527750 Like 'amateurs' in other words. Who have already been drawing salaries in a pretence at looking after the UK's borders for the past twenty years.

Call for tech giants to face taxes over extremist content. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42526271 We presume this will include taxes on the UK's official 'extremist content' in hate-preaching fake news such as The Scum, The Daily Wail, The Terrorgraph, The Daily Sexpress and even the BBC?

French children's magazine withdrawn after claiming Israel not 'real country'. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-childrens-magazine-youpi-bayard-withdrawn-israel-not-real-country-north-korea-a8131491.html Now there's a moot point. On the other hand, the reference to North Korea in the same sentence really was asinine. However, because there are no North Koreans in French politics nor its media to orchestrate their 'outrage', this is a good, current example of official, hate-inciting, fake news propaganda. Which will not be taxed, of course.


With our usual gratitude and thanks to BAD News and Cobweb Info.

Len Tondel



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