The traditional full-time permanent job has changed over recent years and is now harder to find. New types of jobs offer flexibility but pay less and generate greater levels of insecurity.
Technology is changing the way we connect and communicate with each other as the Internet reaches into every sphere of activity. But what kind of future are we creating?
In winter when the weather is poor it is easy to predict a crisis in the NHS. There was trouble last year and again this year to coincide with winter flu and its difficult although predictable pressure on services.
Small businesses thrive in every sector of the economy and provide jobs for millions of people. They also generate tremendous amounts of wealth and opportunities for local people in local communities.
Every day technology reaches around the world and increases its grip on industry and the economy. But it also works silently in the background to influence the decisions we make.
The expectation and experience of travel are a mixture of delight and disappointment. For the dedicated traveller the first is remembered, the latter forgotten.
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