Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Are we all becoming part timers?

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research has warned that Britain will have a long way to go to put right the damage caused by the financial crash of 2008.

Oh good if the "experts" tell us this it probably means things will get right much sooner!

Mind you it is astonishing that out of the 200,000 new jobs created in the last year only 6000 of them were full time.

This means that 97% of the posts were part time.

The problem seems to be that employers are reluctant to take on full timers at this stage of the economic cycle.

The trouble is that despite all the money spent on trying to predict the future nobody really knows the answer.

I am always fascinated by watching eminent economists arguing about policy.

How can "experts" have such different views about the same thing? It just goes to show how much running a country (any country) is not an exact science.

Anyrate let's have a joke:- Last week I replaced every window in my house. Then I discovered I had a crack in my glasses!

On this day: 1st February

In 1790 the US Supreme Court met for the first time

In 1966 Buster Keaton died.

In 1901 Clark Gable was born.

John F. Beaumont

In fact I sometimes wonder whether we even know the question.

Monday, 31 January 2011

"Petrol/Gas" at 19p a litre?


I was intrigued to see that British scientists are refining a hydrogen based fuel that can run in existing cars in place of the conventional petrol/gas.

They believe that they can finalise the development within three years!

Apparently this fuel could also be used as a replacement for exisiting aircraft fuel too.

What the scientists at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, the Oxford University and University College London have found is a way of densely packing hydrogen into tiny beads which can be pumped or poured like petrol/gas.

At the present time it is thought that this new fuel would cost around 19p litre although cynics are already pointing out that governments would probably tax it at a rate which wouldn't save the motorist much money!

So many negative people around!

Let's have a joke;- I have rented a car at the flat rate of 12 cents a mile. In an effort to cut down the mileage charge I back up every place. Woody Allen

On this day:- 31st January

In 1943 The Red Army captured Stalingrad.

In 1968 the Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive.

John F.Beaumont

Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Best Way to A prefect Complexion?


I thought we had heard just about everything to keep your skin young looking when along comes another idea.

This time it is suggested that rubbing bird poo onto your face keeps your skin smooth and youthful.

Apparently the bird poop facial is doing a roaring trade at a spa in New York.

Ah but before you rush out and scoop up any poo from your garden I should point out that this is "special" poo.

It is collected from nightingale excrement found on the Japanese Isle of Kyushu.

Quite why this nightingale poo is any different to any other is not explained but is the reason given for the cost of £125!

I suppose there may be some scientific reason as the poo has an enzyme present which breaks down dead skin on the face.

Also it is thought (note thought!) that the poo contains guanine which occurs in pearls thus giving a reason why your skin will have a healthy shine.

Actually I think I wll stick to soap and water.

Much cheaper and no salmonella!

Let's have another joke:- Those pills are fantastic says the patient although they make me walk like a crab. That will just be the side effects replies the doctor.

On this day:- 30th January.

In 1948 Mahatma Ghandhi was assassinated.

In 1649 King Charles 1 of England was beheaded and England became a republic.

John F.Beaumont

Friday, 28 January 2011

Are Credit Cards Redundant?

I see that technology is advancing now so that the mobile phone will in future also be your credit card.

I suppose we should drop the word phone as the mobile is now much more than that.

Apparently Barclaycard has teemed up with mobile network Everything Everywhere to form a partnership to bring the new system into operation.

Everything Everywhere includes Orange and T-Mobile networks.

Initially there will be a cap on transactions but this is likely to change fairly quickly.

So it is likely in the very near future we will only have one article to carry with us which will do everything.

Will it print cash? Doubt it but then who will need cash?

I've put a new article on the new blog John Beaumont-Online Business Thoughts so have a browse if you are interested.

Joke for today:- I rang up the phone company to report a nuisance caller. "Not you again" they said.

On this day:- 28th January

In 1807 London was the first city in the world to be lit by gaslamps

In 1547 King Henry VIII died.

In 1725 Peter the Great of Russia died.

In 1956 Elvis Presley made his first TV appearance.

John F.Beaumont

Thursday, 27 January 2011

China wine superpower.

Hi there,

I see that China is now on the verge of overtaking Australia as one of the world's biggest wine producers.

China raised production by 28% in 2009 and produced 72 million cases which is about 960,000 tons of wine. Phew that would give you a hangover!

Apparently the domestic consumption in China is still relatively low although wine drinking is increasing in popularity.

So maybe we will all be drinking wines such as Great Wall and Dragon's Eye soon.

Interestingly many years ago I stayed at an hotel in Evesham which had a very impressive wine list.

The owner suggested that I try a Chinese wine. As he said whilst it was virtually unheard of in the UK it was one of the best selling wines in the world simple because of the huge domestic Chinese market.

Joke for today:- "Here's to alcohol-the cause of and solution to all of life's problems." Homer Simpson.

On this day:- 27th January

In 1926 John Logie Baird unveiled his new "television"machine

In 1756 Mozart was born.

In 1832 Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was born

John F.Beaumont

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Cash for Lesbian Squash Players

Hi there,

I was surprised to read in yesterday's newspaper that a gay squash club has been given a grant of £6500 to encourage lesbians to take up the sport.

Don't get me wrong I have nothing against gays or lesbians (one of my family is gay) but I object to giving government (sorry MY money) to a particular group who should be capable of providing their own funds..

The money is being provided by the Department of Culture,Media and Sport. That sounds more like a department of a communist state rather than a democracy!

I wonder what the reaction would be if they provided money specifically for non gays.

It's great that lesbians should be encouraged to take up sport but should public money be used for this purpose?

Surely the money could be spent on more deserving cause such as for handicapped people?

Any rate let's have a joke. Two cowboys stagger out of the zoo with their clothes in shreds. One turns to the other. "That lion dancing is sure frightening"

On this day. 26th January

In 1788 the first ships arrived in Australia with prisoners to start the penal colony

In 1925 Paul Newman was born and in 1928 Eartha Kitt followed.

John F.Beaumont

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Insurance companies get away with murder!

I had a phone call yesterday from the brokers handling the buildings content insurance on one of my properties.

Before they would give me a quote for the next year they wanted to know whether or not the tenants were in employment.

They were quite taken aback when I asked them why they wanted to know.

The only reason they could give was that the insurance providers need to know.

What difference does it make to the BUILDING insurance?

It is ridiculous since someone could be employed this week and unemployed next and vice versa.

I'm sure somewhere there are statistics which insurance companies will quote "proving" that the unemployed are more likely to damage a property but what an assumption to make that if my tenants are unemployed then they are a greater risk.

You can just imagine the outcry if a particular ethnic group were singled out as being more likely to damage property.

As it happens I believe that my tenants are unemployed but provided they pay the rent on time and look after the premises what business is it of mine whether or not they have a job?

Lets have a joke:- Do you drink to excess? "I'll drink to anything"

On this day:- 25th January

In 1533 King Henry Vlll married Anne Boleyn in secret.

In 1947 Al Capone died

John F.Beaumont