food
Jamie Oliver’s Restaurants Plunged into Fryer of Administration

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's celebrity businessman credentials are about to be called into question, as the company that operates all of his high street restaurant brands has called in the administrators. It's the global finance equivalent of doing a runner without paying. Read More >>

transport
Vandalised Model Railway Club Pulls in Enough Donations to Launch Mainline Franchise

You may have seen Market Deeping Model Railway Club in the news over the weekend, after some of those "youths" we are routinely menaced by broke into the club's hall and smashed up an entire installation of scores of people's beloved model rail lines and miniature trains. Read More >>

money
Royal Mint Will Make Over £885k From Limited Edition Sherlock Holmes 50p Coins

The Royal Mint is certainly on the case when it comes to making one, with its new Sherlock Holmes range of 50p coins ranging in price from a modest £10 for a brilliant uncirculated coin (translation: shiny) all the way up to a £795 Gold proof coin. Read More >>

transport
Bankrupt Airline Bailout Tax Could Add 50p to a Flight Ticket

The nation could face a small new tax on the cost of flying overseas soon, with a review of the conditions of flight saying that a fee of around 50p per plane ticket should go into an emergency pool of money to get stranded passengers home should their airline go bust. Read More >>

money
UK Government Starts Accepting Apple & Google Pay

A small part of the government, that's probably only three people sharing a 1990s Dell and operating out of a high-ceilinged room that could really do with a refurb, has started accepting the modern mobile-only contactless systems of Apple and Google when paying for services. Read More >>

streaming
Europe’s Competition Police to Examine Spotify/Apple Fight

Spotify's complaint against Apple appears to be being taken seriously within the corridors of the European Commission, with the Financial Times saying the EC is about to launch a full competition inquiry over the music streamer's claim that Apple is restricting the business opportunities of its rivals. Read More >>

money
1p and 2p Coins are Here to Stay

After Philip Hammond floated a proposal in the 2018 Spring Statement that would scrap 1p and 2p coins for being too hard to store, the Treasury faced backlash from groups claiming that millions of people in the UK still relied on cash as their main spending method. Read More >>

money
The Treasury Might Finally Cancel 2p Coins This Week

A year ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond called 1 and 2p coins "obsolete." Read More >>

money
So Are Scottish Bank Notes Legal Tender Or What?

A liberal democrat MP is hoping to solve the long-running debate over whether Scottish bank notes are technically "legal tender" or not, by bringing the issue to the House of Commons in a possible future bill. Read More >>

money
Mike Ashley Says Debenhams Administration is a “National Disgrace”

National department store chain Debenhams has been sold, but not to Mike Ashley. Despite making several attempts to lend it money or fund it in return for having himself declared CEO, all of Ashley's efforts were turned down in favour of selling the assets of the shop to its basket of lenders. Read More >>

bitcoin
China Considers Ban on Cryptocurrency Mining Because It’s a Stupid Waste of Energy

Regulators in China are considering a ban on cryptocurrency mining as an “undesirable” economic activity, according to a government document released Monday. Read More >>

money
Sports Direct’s High Street Takeover Takes Bizarre Lie Detector Twist

Mike Ashley, boss of Sports Direct and potential owner of half the rest of the high street, is veering into bonkers territory in his current battle to acquire retail giant Debenhams. He's taken a lie detector test to verify his memories of meetings with the Debenhams board, and is asking Debs' bosses to do the same. Read More >>

booze
Rural Pubs Given Cash to Diversify into Post Offices, Shops and Soft Play Parks

A bit of government money is going into trying so save local pubs under the brand "Pub is The Hub," which is encouraging rural pubs to think about diversifying away from the teetering model that is selling pints of Guinness to men who drink too slowly for it to be sustainable. Read More >>

drugs
Crack Popularity Rises Due to Better Drug Dealer Marketing

Clever old drug dealers are updating their sales pitches to suit the times, and as a result of better marketing efforts and targeted messaging campaigns use of crack cocaine has been growing in the UK. Read More >>

apple
Apple Needs to do a Better Job of Offering its ‘Services’ to Non-Apple Users

Last night Apple had one of its famous launch events, the kind it usually reserves for the biggest announcements and product launches. Yesterday's wasn't about a new iPhone, Macbook, or anything else like that; it was all about an update on the 'service' sector of Apple's business. The non-hardware side of its revenue stream, which has included the likes of iTunes, Apple Music, the iOS App Store, and others. While it's nice to hear about yet another video streaming service you're expected to pay for, there was a clear problem with the whole thing: the distinct lack of support for people who don't buy Apple products. Read More >>