Rogue Trader: The week ahead ...
Sunday 12 September 1999
It's local democracy week - which is great because it means that less than 30 per cent of us have to participate. Also it's TUC week in Brighton, with Stephen Byers getting a roasting over the maximum hours directive. Further along the coast, up a creek near Southampton, it's the boat show. At least they've got a paddle. Finals from Photobition. The company provides giant video screens, such as those we will all be seeing rather a lot of around the time of Millennium New Year. This comes on top of the rising trend of the world's petty tyrants (eg, company CEOs) to display themselves on vast screens whenever they appear in public.
Brother Blair to address TUC conference celebrating the end of unemployment having just banked a pounds 2m cheque from David Sainsbury (slogan: it's so fresh! it's so clean!). Half the unemployed have now been re-profiled as Sainsbury shelf-stackers. The other half work flipping hamburgers in Burger King (prop: Gerry Robinson, who is also a major backer of New Labour).
UK August wages figures. Likely to show wages lagging behind price rises, even at the target 2.5 per cent. General Strike thought to be unlikely, however. Interims from Ruberoid, Fulmar, Oxford Glycosciences and Robotic Technology Systems. A good day if you are interested in what Glycoscientific Robots are wearing these days.
UK retail sales figures. Interims from Geest, the one-time banana company which has pushed fruit into the background in order to concentrate on the "chilled food" market. This continues to boom despite all logic, taste or sanity.
British Society of Gerontology meeting in - where else? - Bournemouth.
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
Kim Jong-un 'purge': Six North Korea officials missing for weeks 'may have been executed'
Diwali: What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated around the world?
Nathan Cirillo: Final pictures emerge of soldier moments before he was shot dead by Ottowa gunman
Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
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