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UK Smart City Rolls Out with Glasgow 2013-01-26

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The Technology Strategy Board has awarded Glasgow City the 24 million GBP “Future Cities Demonstrator”  grant for projects that demonstrate how a city of the future might work.

This will include better services for Glaswegians; the city council will create an ‘app’ for reporting issues such as pot-holes and missing bin collections, and there will be  real-time information about traffic, and ‘apps’ to check that buses and trains are on time. Plan include linking up the CCTV cameras across the city with its traffic management unit in order to identify traffic incidents faster.

It will use analytical software and security cameras to help identify and prevent crime in the city and monitor energy levels to find new ways of providing gas and electricity to poorer areas where fuel poverty is a big issue. (more…)

A Decade to Economic Recovery? 2010-11-28

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Scotland’s economy will avoid a double-dip recession —  but full recovery will not be achieved for a decade, according to  leading economic forecaster, ‘The Ernst & Young Scottish Item Club’, who have predicted growth of 1.1 per cent this year and 2.2 per cent in 2011. (more…)

UK Attitudes to Relationships 2010-10-21

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It’s a question that has kept men on their toes for millennia, but what women want from men in 2010 may bear only a passing resemblance to what they wanted 30 years ago.

The company behind dating site match.com has just released ‘The Lovegeist Report’, a study tracking changing attitudes towards love and relationships in the UK.

It’s a document that covers all aspects of dating and relationships — but, if you boil it down, a few patterns start to emerge.

For example, (more…)

UK Growth at 9-Year High 2010-09-29

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The economy grew at its fastest pace in nine years in the second quarter of 2010 and growth in the first three months of the year was revised slightly higher, according to ‘The Office for National Statistics‘ (The ONS) on 2010-09-28.

The economy has bounced back strongly from its deepest recession since World War Two.

The ONS said gross domestic product grew 1.2 per cent in the three months to 2010-06, confirming an estimate published 2010-08 and in line with economists’ forecasts. (more…)

France Is Best Place in Europe 2010-09-23

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The UK no longer enjoys the highest net household income in the continent; last year it was 10 000 GBP above the European average, whereas now it is just 2 314 GBP ahead, slipping below Ireland, The Netherlands and Denmark. (more…)

Cheapest & Most Expensive Holiday Destinations 2010-06-12

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A new study has revealed that France is the most expensive country to go to on holiday, despite the public’s perception that it is cheaper to visit than Dubai, Japan and the Nordic countries.

The research by flight comparison website Skyscanner.net looked at the cost of various items including a coffee, a beer, a meal, accommodation and car hire in 30 different destinations. (more…)

Big Paris Art Heist 2010-05-21

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Art thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Amedeo Modigliani worth 500 million EUR (431 million GBP) from a Paris museum, French police and prosecutors said today, 2010-05-20. (more…)

Hosting Olympics May Have No Benefits 2010-05-20

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The health and economic benefits claimed by cities hosting the Olympics or other major sporting events are unproven, according to researchers. (more…)

Waitrose into Scotland 2010-04-09

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Waitrose‘ has been given the green light to build its biggest Scottish supermarket to date on the outskirts of Glasgow.

The upmarket grocery chain was granted permission to build a 25 000 sq ft branch in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire south of Glasgow. It will be almost twice the size of its recently opened store in Byres Road in the city’s west end. (more…)

Shop Wise to Save 2010-03-01

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Article by Rachel Robson

Find out how to fight back against supermarket scams and rising food prices so you can beat the grocery stores at their own game…

Believe it or not, recent figures suggest that over the past few years, the wholesale price of basic food essentials, such as bread and butter, has plummeted almost 50 per cent.

No, I’m not making this up. And yet, I can’t say I’ve noticed. In fact, every time I’m at the checkout, I’m continually amazed at how much money I manage to spend on food each week. (more…)