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Whether to stay or to leave Tokyo…, The Foreign Desk

Whether to stay or to leave Tokyo…

The uncertainty over what is happening at the Fukushima plant is one thing. The constant earthquakes are another. But the worst thing about being in Tokyo right now, is not knowing what could happen; in other words, not knowing what a worst case scenario would look like. Without knowing, the imagination runs wild.
No one seems [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 4:26 pm

Combining tax and national insurance, Chunomics

Combining tax and national insurance

I was interested to see that George Osborne is thinking about combining tax and national insurance, starting with a review in the Budget. If he does succeed he will rightly go down in history as one of the great reforming chancellors.
My graphic of the UK’s chaotic system of taxation illustrates precisely what is wrong with [...]

By | Chunomics | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 2:55 pm

The Solo Voyage Diaries: Every second counts, Sport

The Solo Voyage Diaries: Every second counts

I have been in Punta Del Este for just over a week now and still memories of the closest ever finish in solo round the world sailing keep flashing into my mind.

By | Sport | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 2:08 pm

Jens Lehmann – the invincible and the unpredictable, Sport

Jens Lehmann – the invincible and the unpredictable

Jens Lehmann is easily mocked and derided. Not without reason, either. His first stint at Arsenal was littered with examples of him living up to his reputation as ‘Mad Jens’: running outside his area to intercept passes, sometimes with disastrous consequences; or getting into arguments seemingly just for the sake of it. Though often hysterical [...]

By | Sport | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 1:52 pm

Divide-and-rule in the Northern economy, Notebook

Divide-and-rule in the Northern economy

This week The Smith Institute produced further evidence that there is a “deep, long-term, continuing divergence between the North and the Greater South East” and despite all the talk of rebalancing, government policy is making things worse. Their report, Rebalancing the economy: prospects for the North, rightly pointed to local government cuts, the New Homes [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 1:16 pm

Anuvahood: Exclusive Interview With Adam Deacon, Film

Anuvahood: Exclusive Interview With Adam Deacon

Adam Deacon writes, directs and stars in this British coming-of-age comedy. Kenneth or ‘K’ (Deacon) is a waster who works in a supermarket and is going nowhere in life. That is, until he decides to transform himself into a gangster…

By | Film | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 12:09 pm

Submarine: Exclusive UK premiere, Film

Submarine: Exclusive UK premiere

A comedy which follows a 15-year old boy with two objectives: to lose his virginity to the girl of his dreams before his next birthday, and to stop his mother from leaving his father and hooking up with a new age mystic

By | Film | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 12:06 pm

World of weather, Notebook

World of weather

The daily weather update from i

By | Notebook | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 12:03 pm

Dead end jobs, Notebook

Dead end jobs

Yesterday’s unemployment figures continue to be gloomy, with unemployment still rising and youth unemployment at a record high. But the picture is hardly less bleak for many people who do have a job.
There are now six million people working in low paid and often dead end jobs. Almost one in four people work in jobs [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 11:58 am

Caught & Social: Cilla moves with the times, Notebook

Caught & Social: Cilla moves with the times

Daily gossip from the world of celeb

By | Notebook | Thursday, 17 March 2011 at 11:21 am

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