And finally

And finally…human free construction sites by 2050 predicted

And finally…human free construction sites by 2050 predicted

International construction giant Balfour Beatty has today published a paper predicting that the construction site of 2050 will be human-free with work moved off-site, remote control of machinery and new materials and techniques exploited to improve cost, safety and efficiency. The group’s report, Innovation 2050: A Digital Future for the Infrastructure Industry, paints a picture in stark contrast to what […]

And finally…Singh up

And finally…Singh up

A shopkeeper threatened with legal action after he called his shop “Singhsbury’s” has changed it — to “Morrisinghs”. Five years ago, Jel Singh Nagra, 42, was told he could be taken to court by Sainsbury’s, who said the name was too similar to theirs. But Mr Nagra has now changed the name of his shop […]

And finally…work places make middle-aged as sedentary as pensioners

And finally…work places make middle-aged as sedentary as pensioners

Most middle-aged office workers now spend as much time sitting down as older pensioners, according to a new report from the University of Edinburgh. New research has overturned previous studies that suggested that older adults are the most sedentary age group in the UK. It highlights the potential health risks of excessive sitting at work. Sedentary […]

And finally…dirty cash – bank notes’ invisible secrets revealed

And finally…dirty cash – bank notes’ invisible secrets revealed

A new study of the filth found on bank notes circulating around New York City has allowed researchers to reveal just what is lurking on the notes in our pockets. The list of things found on dollars by academics includes DNA from our pets, traces of drugs, and bacteria and viruses that cause disease. The findings gathered […]

And finally…isn’t that e-ronic?

And finally…isn’t that e-ronic?

A crime psychologist who recently completed a study of email fraud has been tricked out of £18,000 — by a gang of computer fraudsters. Professor David Canter’s troubles began when he discovered his email account had been compromised, after friends alerted him to emails purporting to be from him and asking for money. The director of […]

And finally…£600,000 Scottish mansion to be raffled

And finally…£600,000 Scottish mansion to be raffled

The owners of a seven-bedroom £625,000 mansion near Cumbernauld in North Lanarkshire are to raffle it at £5-a-ticket. The novel approach has been taken after Dullatur House, which comes with a swimming pool and an acre of land, was on the market for several months at offers over £825,000. More than 6000 tickets have been […]

And finally…attending a wedding now costs average UK couple £800

And finally…attending a wedding now costs average UK couple £800

Couples in the UK face an average bill of £800 each time they attend a wedding, according to a survey on the wider costs associated with tying the knot by Nationwide. The lender’s new research, which polled 2,000 adults who have attended a wedding, follows an inaugural survey in 2015. It shows that the average cost per […]

And finally…fintech causing appy-go-lucky attitude to personal finances

And finally…fintech causing appy-go-lucky attitude to personal finances

The rise of mobile financial technology, or “Fintech”, has enabled an new generation of ‘out of hours’ spending that is having a negative impact on the personal finances of nearly one in ever three Britons, according to new research. While mobile phone apps may have been the catalyst for a revolution in banking by making it so easy for […]

And finally…Bank of England hints at official digital currency

And finally…Bank of England hints at official digital currency

The Bank of England’s chief cashier has revealed that the UK’s central bank could produce an official digital currency along the lines of Bitcoin. Bitcoins can be bought with near anonymity, lowering fraud risk and increasing privacy, although critics have said the same furtive qualities are a magnet for drug transactions, money-laundering and other illegal […]