Only the eldest sons could inherit in Jane Austen’s time

In the era of Jane Austen only the eldest sons could inherit wealth, and how a single man not in possession of good fortune, will just have to roll up his sleeves and work for his living. Rory Muir reveals the customs of English aristocrats and their bourgeois imitators was to leave all their wealth…

Asian Pop genres

Afghan born Pakistani poetess and writer Fatima Bhutto who studied at Columbia University writes about vast cultural movement emerging from beyond the Western world, displaying truly global in its range and allure, challenging Hollywood, McDonalds and blue jeans.  K-Pop from Korea provide universal satisfaction – not merely as entertainment but on an emotional level too.…

Dyson U-turn for electric cars

Dyson pulls the plug on electric cars.  The billionaire businessman had hoped to harness his group’s  expertise in battery systems, aerodynamics and high-tech manufacturing  to break into a fiercely competitive industry. Weekly meetings of the auto team run by former BMW and Nissan executive Roland Krueger, who joined Dyson in January 2019, reviewed the outlook…

Britain’s mallest and youngest independent publisher makes his mark

Five years ago Jacques Testard visited Frankfurt Book Fair  and acquired the English-language rights for a  book by a Ukrainian-born author shunned by mainstream publishers. Little did he know, a year later that £3, 500 investment, the biggest advance paid by his newly formed Fitzcarraldo Publishing House – paid off handsomely when Svetlana Alexievich won…

97-year-old professor Goodenough wins Noble Prize

John Goodenough of the University of Texas in Austin, who is still active in research to lead the development of rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries that power everything mobile phones to laptops and even electric vehicles, at the age of 97. John Goodenough was the oldest laureate in any discipline in the 118-year history of Nobel Prizes,…

US is looking at ways to divert funds to Huawei’s European rivals

The US is looking at ways to channel money to Huawei’s European rivals, as officials warn that the Chinese company is becoming dangerously dominant in the race for the next generation of mobile communications. The US official have suggested issuing credit to companies such as Nokia and Ericsson to enable them to match financing terms…

Indian co-operative bank’s woes heighten after RBI takeover

The Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank branch was taken control by the Reserve Bank Of India and announced  withdrawals would be limited to Rs 1000 per account  for the next six months.  The limit first to Rs 10, 000 and then to Rs25, 000, which RBI says will allow about 70 per cent of PMC’s…

London Cocktail Week turns ten

Timeline of famous cocktails invention, as it took years of mixing to create the classic drinks which every bartender is familiar with and we order at bars today. The Oxford English Dictionary cites the word cocktail originating in the US. The first recorded use of cocktail as a beverage in the United States appears in…