Tablet Computers Added to Basket Of Goods & Services Used To Measure Inflation | Business | Sky News
The so-called ‘shopping basket’ is reviewed each year and items are added or removed according to their on-going relevance in modern consumer society.
Also added for 2012 are cans of Stout to differentiate between other beers, pineapple and baby wipes.
“We already collect apples, pears, oranges, grapes, bananas etc, but exotic fruit is becoming more popular so we brought in pineapple to represent the consumers who purchase that,” explains Darren Morgan from the ONS.
The basket traditionally keeps track of changing technological habits; Smartphones and Apps were added in 2011 and bundled communication packages (internet, phone and tv subscriptions) have been included this year.
Conversely, the cost of developing and printing colour camera films has been removed due to the now virtual dominance of digital cameras.
But it can also characterise what might be best described as guilty pleasures: takeaway chicken and chips is a new addition to the 2012 list.
Strange Random Inflation Quote:
“By a continuing process of inflation, government can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes(English economist, journalist, and financier, 1883-1946)
- Teenage fiction and iPads now in official UK shopping basket (guardian.co.uk)
- Inflation is a bruising bully make no mistake (blogs.confused.com)
- CPI – Inflation Rising ‘a bit’ (toddballenger.typepad.com)
- Saudi Arabia and Egypt Face Increasing Inflationary Pressures (ibtimes.com)
- Inflation and how we act (myfinancialbodyguard.typepad.com)
Raspberry Pi Foundation Launch Tiny Cheap Computer Aimed At Getting Children Programming | Technology | Sky News
Called the Raspberry Pi and costing just £22, the machine has been created by a research team of volunteers in the UK.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity that claims it wants to encourage school children to learn programming skills and write software.
The Raspberry team have said the aim was to make “a BBC Micro for the 21st century”.
Sold without a keyboard or mouse and uncased, the motherboard is the size of a credit card, with developers saying the final package will be the size of a pack of playing cards.
“It has been six years in the making; the number of things that had to go right for this to happen is enormous. I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Strange Random Computer Quote:
- tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer- this matters! (pikapvs.wordpress.com)
- Raspberry Pi retailers swamped by demand (news.cnet.com)
- $35 Raspberry Pi Sold Out Yesterday in a Couple Hours, UK Retailer Sites Melted Down from Interest (netbooknews.com)
- Raspberry Pi Launch of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- Raspberry Pi announces new partners (h-online.com)
- Mini Raspberry Pi computer goes on sale for £22 (telegraph.co.uk)
- Berry popular: New £22 Raspberry Pi computer flies off the shelves (mirror.co.uk)
- Raspberry Pi announces new partners (adafruit.com)
A new £50 note is being issued on November 2 this year, with a range of new security features designed to outwit crooks.
At first, the new note will be accepted alongside the current £50 banknote, which came out in 1994 and features Sir John Houblon, the first Governor of the Bank of England.
In due course that note will be withdrawn and only the new one accepted.
Strange Random Banknote Quote:
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. “
- New £50 note set for 2 November (bbc.co.uk)
- New £50 note to be introduced in November (independent.co.uk)
- Five Darwins to the Watt (guardian.co.uk)
- Memorial Day Poppy Quiz! (casasugar.com)
- Ottawa museum claims famed war poet John McCrae was gay (canada.com)
- About poppies, passion, planning and possibilities… (synchronixity.wordpress.com)
- What is the value of a 1982 Bank of England Five Pound note (wiki.answers.com)
As chief executive officer of BP, Tony Hayward presided over the worst oil spill in U.S. history, which led the company to take $41 billion in charges. Now he’s preparing to immerse himself in the energy industry again. Hayward stepped down as BP’s CEO on Oct.1 , 2010, after being roundly attacked for comments he made the previous spring, as the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was still spewing oil. “No one wants this thing over more than I do,” he said. “You know, I would like my life back.” The N.Y. Daily News called Hayward “the most hated—and the most clueless—man in America.”
Strange Random BP Oil Quote:
“I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.” —Tony Hayward, interview with Sky News television, May 2010
- Ex-BP CEO Tony Hayward: Safety Expert? (blogs.wsj.com)
- Tony Hayward Gets His Life Back (businessweek.com)
- BP’s ‘scapegoat’ Tony Hayward strikes it rich with Rothschild & Co. (thetruthiswhere.wordpress.com)
- Report: Tony Hayward preparing to resign from BP (money.cnn.com)
- Ex BP boss Tony Hayward could face Gulf oil spill death charges (dailymail.co.uk)
- Was Tony Hayward right that BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster was ‘modest’? (telegraph.co.uk)