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The concept of a smart or future city has been around for several years now. We have all seen the video that shows how our journey to the airport will be transformed in the future, with transport systems that are not only fully integrated, but intelligent enough to respond to changing circumstances and demands.
Education is one of those subjects, up there with healthcare, law and order, and possibly religion, which never fails to attract attention and generate discussion. On the whole this is a good thing; sharing ideas and information is the key to catalysing change.
Caring for ageing parents can put a huge strain on families, particularly those people who may also be looking after young children at the same time. There are both emotional and financial implications to negotiate, and if the parent or parents being looked after have a degenerative condition, such as Alzheimer’s, those caring for them can feel overwhelmed by the responsibility and unsure how best to meet the needs of their parent and their own family at the same time.
It’s no pleasure to see the once great (and make no mistake, Gérard Depardieu is, or was, the most charismatic French actor since Jean Gabin) turn themselves into a laughing stock.
2012 was the year that I tapped ‘bank of mum’ for a loan, and subsequently threw my first two ‘megawatt parties’. On this occasion, however, I could offer something back to Mum – a market-beating rate of return.
One of the beneficial effects of the current debate on equal marriage has been to stimulate thinking about the role and significance of marriage more generally. In recent years there has been talk of fundamental reform of the Marriage Act – however, Governments have kept clear of the issue.
A short tweet caught my eye. The author was our own Red Tory, Phillip Blond, and the subject was the Factory Act of 1847, better known as the Ten Hour Act because it ensured that no woman and no child under eighteen could be compelled to work more than ten hours a day.
Globally Britain already has one of the highest levels of obesity. By the end of the decade it is predicted that one in three adults will be classified as obese (see slide 1).
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