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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Credit Crunch
Apparently car-boot sales are doing particularly well at the moment, as people try to make an extra bit of cash by flogging off their old tat, or saving money by buying someone else's. Went up to one yesterday morning: got back just before it poured down with rain. Managed to buy a good board game for 50p. You have to make your own entertainment. Also came across the term "crunch-washing", which means adding the term "credit crunch" to tenuously related stories just to make them a little more news-worthy (or as an excuse for something)...Image by S. Parkinson

Who are the winners and losers of the credit crunch / food price rises / oil price rises ?
  • Which businesses are benefiting ?
  • Which sectors of the economy might be benefiting ?
  • Which jobs might be lost / gained over the next few months if the conditions persist ?
Image by Andrew Stacey (or possibly by me...) - Holme next the Sea / Thornham path

Interesting story in local paper.
The Hunstanton lifeboat was called out 4 times in quick succession recently, and lifeboat crews have been calling out for more multilingual signs like the one above. Two of the callouts were to foreign visitors, one was to a Russian girl. There are a growing number of overseas tourists (and migrant workers) in the region, and the Norfolk coast is a dangerous one. During spring tides, the tide ebbs and flows faster than usual. Signs were improved following a tragedy in 1996. Another consequence of migration ?

Look at the sign below: do you understand what it says if you couldn't read English ?Images by S. Parkinson (top one: Southwold, bottom one: Wells next the Sea)

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