PwC has released economic forecasts for 2021 for London and the UK. You can read the full report here but to summarize these are the eight main points.
There may be fewer babies born in 2021 than in any year since births are counted. The health, social and economic effects of the pandemic mean that many will prefer not to have children until the situation is resolved.
London’s population is expected to decline for the first time in at least 40 years. Many flee London to live in less crowded places, others flee for lack of work. Obviously fewer people come to work in London because of COVID and Brexit.
Net migration with the EU is expected to become negative in 2021. The number of EU citizens leaving the UK may be greater than those coming to live there. Here, too, Brexit and COVID play an important role in this trend reversal.
The UK unemployment rate could record the largest quarterly increase ever recorded in the second quarter. Even with the resumption, the end of the government aid program means that many will be laid off.
Over 10 million people could become poor from not having enough to eat. Caused by the increase in food products and the increase in unemployment and underemployment.
The gender and ethnicity pay gap is expected to widen in 2021, potentially reversing a decade of progress. The effects of the pandemic on the world of work will be particularly felt by women and ethnic minorities who tend more of10ten to work in the most affected sectors.
One in eight newly registered cars in Britain is likely to be electric or hybrid by the end of 2021.
By the end of 2021, most of the electricity generated in the UK is expected to come from renewable sources.
A bookshop that sells books for the visually impaired opens in Paris
Two French publishing houses have opened a specialized bookshop in Paris, in the Pantheon area, called the “Librairie des grands caractères”, a way to grant even the visually impaired the luxury of a walk among books. And the sensual pleasure of touching and breathing paper.
Customers are those who suffer from vision-related problems, due to disease or age and we are talking of over a million people in a country like France.
And these books are specialò the paper is made so as not to dazzle, the line spacing is studied, the contrast is never excessive, even and the character is not that of traditional books but an ad hoc one, called Luciole.
One more reason not to abandon reading on paper is, in the case of some totally or partially reversible eye diseases, its important rehabilitative power for sight.
Unfortunately the catalogue of books for visually impaired people is still very limited, it has only about 600 titles.
Edinburgh the happiest city in the UK
A Smart Survey survey revealed that the happiest city in the UK is Edinburgh. The reasons are the quality of life, the high salaries, the average working hours per week and the beauty of the city.
Two seaside towns follow in second and third place: Bournemouth and Brighton.
In fourth place we find Southend and in fifth Bristol. Followed by Colchester and then Glasgow in eighth place.
In ninth place we have both Liverpool and Manchester and in tenth Milton Keynes.
London is in thirteenth place, takes points for the average high salaries but loses some for the many hours of average work per week.
A virtual visit with augmented reality to the Met in New York
Get your mobile and visit this website to experience something quite special, even if stuck at home. This is not your typical virtual exhibition but an example of what happens when technology meets art.
The project is called The Met Unframed and will take you across a series of digital galleries with works of art coming to live with augmented reality. There are 12 digital galleries and over 40 works of art all from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
You will works by contemporary artists but also a Chinese mural that is over 700 years old and the Egyptian Temple of Dendur. There are also games and interactive experiences that are also meant to teach you more about art while you are having fun.
The experience is free online but only for a month, therefore don’t waste any time and go and try it.
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