Rab McNeil's Week: In order to lighten things up a little this week, I’d like to talk to you about death. Yes, that got your attention, though one gentleman has run away. Never fear. We won’t be lingering on the gory details. It’s actually funerals I’m more concerned with, after a report by consumer group Fairer Finance claimed decent ratepayers were signing up for rubbishy funeral plans that they didn’t understand. You shrug and say: “Who cares, ye’ll be deid anyway.” That is a good point, … [Read more...] about I’ll stick to living. Death is just too expensive
Rab McNeil's Week: Holland & Barrett. It’s the Marks & Sparks of wellness, a fixture on our high streets, into which we might pop with that same feeling that we’re not really going to be convinced by anything in it. But we still come out with something. It’s the nature of the wellness business, really. You’ve got to have faith. Russian entrepreneur Mikhail Fridman certainly has, with his L1 retail investment outfit acquiring the pill-popping emporium chain for an eye-watering £1.8 … [Read more...] about Pursuit of good health at a pill-popping price
Rab McNeil's Week: Inspired by the latest Forbes Rich List for entertainers, my ongoing, 30-year search for an alternative career received a shot in the butt when I saw who came out as the top dudes for dough. Now, I know it’s infra-dig to do that fuddy-duddy thang, affecting to be out of touch with the modern world an’ all but, seriously, who in the name of wee man is Sean “Diddy” Combs? Well, further research reveals that this Diddy is a rapper, who made £102.7m, not including tips. Rap? I … [Read more...] about Finding a fortune is just another fairy story
Rab McNeil's Week: Oh, IT: such a blessing and a curse. Worse still, it’s prone to both cock-ups and conspiracies. British Airways fell victim to the former, or at least to a power surge, which knocked out its computer system, causing the cancellation of flights, chaos at airports, and angst among the unwillingly grounded. The real cock-up came in communication, with punters complaining in subsequent days about a lack of information, which is as good a definition of Information Technology as … [Read more...] about Head of Panicking wanted as power corrupts
Rab McNeil's Week: As someone shortly about to look after friends’ hens for a fortnight, I have taken of late an unaccustomed interest in eggs. However, my new egg-harvesting career might have a short shelf-life as robots begin to play an increasing role in the business. That’s certainly the case on one 2,000-acre farm in Strichen, Aberdeenshire, from where Farmlay Eggs supplies the controversial ovoid comestibles to heap-big supermarkets such as Morrison, Aldi, Lidl and Tesco. Farmlay … [Read more...] about Robotic egg collectors? Or just bananas?