Thursday, 17th June 2021

This Month's Magazine
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Did you know that..?

A pick of useless but interesting newspapers extracts and topics, some even curious.

Officials in Brussels say Brexit is 95% agreed. European Union officials believe a Brexit deal is 95% agreed. At a meeting of the most senior diplomats in Brussels, they were briefed about the state of Brexit talks by the European Commission’s Secretary General Ilze Juhansone, who told them the legal text of a trade deal was now finalised in almost all areas, covering almost all subjects. Sky News

Asia forms world’s biggest trade bloc. Fifteen Asia-Pacific countries signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), forming the world’s biggest trade bloc. The deal brings together Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand - or a third of the world’s population - to lower tariffs and promote trade and investment in the region. First proposed in 2012, the deal is absent India, which withdrew on fears that local industries would be hurt by imports. It also does not include the US, which in 2017 left the Trans-Pacific Partnership, another Asiafocused mega agreement. Reuters

Covid-19 sees a surge in early retirement. The number of people retiring before the age of 65 rose by more than 55,000 as the UK went into lockdown, official data reveals, suggesting that Covid-19 may be driving an increase in early retirement. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that in the March to May period of this year, the number of under-65s describing themselves as “retired” was 55,311 up on November 2019 to January 2020. MoneyWeek


Husbands ‘thrilled’ if they earn more than wife. A study has found that husbands feel a thrill if a pay rise widens the gap between their earnings and those of their  ower-paid wives. However, the researchers found that women do not experience an ego boost if the tables are turned. The stereotype of the male breadwinner may still be bigger than we give credit for. The Sunday Times

A radical idea to boost the economy. The only real growth as we recover from this epidemic is going to come from the gig and hustle economy. Lots of high-earning selfemployed professionals could be a lot more effective if they took on an assistant. But they don’t because it immediately traps them in the whole nightmare of employment law and tax and pension regulations. It would be easy to exempt the first employees from all those rules. Likewise, how about a £5,000 tax-free
hustle allowance that allows people a side gig they don’t have to pay tax on? Both would create jobs. Editor

Attenborough breaks Instagram record. Sir David Attenborough has broken Jennifer Aniston’s record for the fastest time to reach a million followers on Instagram. At 94 years young, the naturalist’s follower count raced to seven figures in four hours 44 minutes on Thursday, according to Guinness World Records. His debut post said: “Saving our planet is now a communications challenge.” Last October, Friends star Aniston reached the milestone in five hours and 16 minutes. Evening Standard

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