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Economy Nuggets – Number 1

Aug 19th, 2011 | By

The economies of much of the world continue to demonstrate falling numbers, weakness and susceptibility of any and every strain, at any piece of bad news or minor change of sentiment. Today gold has reached (perhaps it will fall leaking gains or rise to excite new cries of “how high” ) 1862 dollars per ounce.
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CappuccinoIndex by Roger Ellman

Jul 29th, 2011 | By
The Cappuccino Index by Roger Ellman

This is the candidate to replace the 25 year old Economist Big Mac index This is the new index! A combined measure of a (single/short/small size) cappuccino served both IN and for Take-Out/Take-away in each country. The IN and Take Out combination serves to reduce factors such as VAT for IN service, increased charges especially
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10 things hotel booking websites should have

Mar 27th, 2009 | By

Original hotel descriptions (and not the hotel’s own!) Original photos (again, not just the oh-so-perfect-images the hotel provides) Clear price-list, including all taxes (show all periods,  without having to enter dates) Testimonials for the travel service/website/business Transparent about who handles the booking and who is responsible for customer satisfaction Clear, plain-english quotes and terms (without
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“Atlas Shrugged” movie suggested cast

Mar 27th, 2009 | By

Atlas Shrugged book cover Who will be John Galt? My favourite book is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, so I am naturally excited about the prospect of a movie based on the book. There is quite a frenzy out there about the imminent (with some question marks) production of Atlas Shrugged (just do a search
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Why bright colours improve your well-being

Mar 27th, 2009 | By

One of my paintings. You should buy it! Why, because it is a no side-effects balm, medicine, sedative, soother, energizer, envigorator and cure for just about anything…and more. Why? Bright colors create energy, positive thoughts pleasure and good humour. There’s good reason for fairgrounds, festivals using bright colours – reds, yellows, oranges, bright blues and
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English gardens delight

Jun 20th, 2008 | By

West Dean gardens With a wonderful picture from England… At West Dean there is a horticultural college, lots of sheep on the hills, and of course a wonderful tearoom. Now, these tearooms are a fountain of sage wisdom, old gardeners’ tricks, elder gossip (all England’s country houses and gardens are popular with retired folk) and
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