Wednesday, 12th August 2020
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A collection of useless but interesting extracts from different newspapers topics for after dinner conversation in Andalucia

Four days a year ‘wasted looking for parking’. Drivers in Britain waste an average of four whole days every year searching for a parking spot, a new survey suggests. The issue seems to be at its worst in London, where the average time taken to find a spot after each journey is eight minutes. The survey of 2,000 adults also found that 59% are frustrated by other drivers who take up two spaces. The Evening Standard

Bosses say Brexit is already damaging business. The EU referendum result is already damaging business, according to some of Britain’s biggest companies. Despite a raft of upbeat economic data, a survey of senior executives from more than 100 of the largest 500 companies found 58% felt last year’s vote was already having a negative effect on their business. A mere 11%  found the Brexit decision had meant a positive impact. Daily Mail

Economy set to slow down, says NIESR. The UK economy will slow down in the next couple of years, according to a report from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Although the body has revised up its forecasts for UK growth to 1.7% this year and 1.9% in 2018, both would constitute a slowdown from the growth rate of 2% recorded for 2016, when the UK was the world’s fastest growing developed economy. The Independent

 


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Ukrainian-born Len Blavatnik, owner of Warner Music Group, has topped the Sunday Times Rich List with a £13.17bn fortune. Jumping from fourth last year, Mr Blavatnik is now estimated to be the richest person in the UK – despite being an American
citizen. WGM 

Porsches and Bentleys, which – despite their hefty price tags – are the world’s least reliable cars, according to What Car? magazine’s annual survey. They’re also among the most expensive to fix. Japanese manufacturers dominate the top of the list for reliability chart. Hondas retained their title as the cars least likely to break down. Daily Telegraph

Exercise is not the key to tackling the obesity epidemic say scientists, who have accused food companies of implying that physical activity can counteract an unhealthy diet. Writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine the experts said exercise was beneficial to health but the only way to lose weight was to “eat less”. Daily Express

A report by US scientists says one in six species on the planet could become extinct if nothing is done to stop climate change and global temperatures rise by 4C, as currently predicted. Worst-affected will be South America, with
amphibians particularly at risk. The report is a meta-analysis of 131 studies. New York Times



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