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London is no longer the best connected city in the world

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Up to the beginning of this year London was considered the best connected city in the world thanks to its many airports and the number of flights that landed and took off daily. But now everything has changed.

Unsurprisingly, London has not been had the usual number of passengers that use its airports every day  due to the COVID-19 crisis and also because of the UK quarantine laws. It goes without saying that London has had far fewer flights in the past 8 months.

Compared to last year, the number of flights even dropped by two thirds. The decline in flights has not only occurred in Europe but other non-European countries have had a smaller decline and therefore Shanghai, which was in second place, now overtakes London as the best connected city in the world.

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Edinburgh the happiest city in the UK

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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.

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A virtual visit with augmented reality to the Met in New York

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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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One million pensioners over 75 refuse to pay TV licence fee

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Since 31st July 2020, pensioners over 75 years were served with notice, that their exemption from the BBC licence fee had come to an end. The Government was no longer prepared to subsidise this, so the cost now fell on the Corporation. People approaching the age of 75 are required to continue the annual payment of £157.50,  so for many, what would have been a welcome saving has vanished.
 
2.7 million over 75s have complied and renewed payment of the fee. Only the poorest pensioners, claiming pension credit, can claim exemption. 750.000 pensioners, receiving this extra state benefit have done so.However, not all pensioners ineligible for pension credit are wealthy. Indeed many face a choice between heating and eating, so finding the money for the licence fee has caused hardship. They dig into their pockets because the TV is often their main form of companionship. The radio of course is free, but nonetheless only a minority would  choose to live without the  visual medium of television. 
 
Taking this into consideration, it is no surprise to learn that there are 1million over 75 year old “refuseniks” This has led to a £160 million deficit  in BBC finances. What to do in this impasse?
This is a brave stance by the pensioners, as non payment of the licence fee is actually a criminal offence! Apart from  log jamming the magistrate’s courts, the BBC faces a difficult task in recovering the money by civil means.
 Newspaper coverage of bailiffs hassling pensioners would make for very bad publicity, so we can only watch this space!

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