Is the full stop rude?

or even Sounds good! Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch says more and more people now see ending messages with a full stop as rude because of the way we text and use instant messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. “If you’re a young person and you’re sending a message to someone, the default way to break up your thoughts is to send each thought as a new message,” she says. “Because the minimum thing necessary to send is the message …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and …

UK house prices and sales ‘losing momentum’

Britain’s fastest moving property market revealed Letting fees ban: Renters confused after change in law Rics said 69% of property professionals said sale prices were lower than asking prices for homes marketed at more than £1m, although asking prices for homes priced at £500,000 or less appeared to be holding up more firmly. House prices continued to fall in London – where a higher proportion of £1m homes are sold, the South East of England, and East Anglia. Overall across …

Student side-hustles to help pay for university

Dana is typical of a host of students who are making money from self-employment or part-time jobs which are moving beyond stereotypical bar work. Student loans: Would the proposed changes help poorer students? Getting through uni without the bank of mum and dad Drag queen or delivery driver: What’s your ‘side hustle’? As a result, nearly four in five worried about making ends meet, while 57% said they suffered poor mental health because of money worries – up 11% from …

Potential jurors ‘lying to get out of public duty’

The judge was dealing with the case of Barry Grimes, of Cunningham Drive, Bromborough, Wirral, who not only refused to serve as a juror but also failed to attend his contempt of court hearing. Grimes failed to attend court on 18 January 2018 and his jury service was deferred to 15 July this year, when he failed to attend again. He said he could not sit for long periods of time and could not concentrate for long, the court heard. …

Does 5G pose health risks?

These waves travel shorter distances through urban spaces, so 5G networks require more transmitter masts than previous technologies, positioned closer to ground level. Radio waves are non-ionising The radio wave band – used for mobile phone networks – is non-ionising, “which means it lacks sufficient energy to break apart DNA and cause cellular damage,” says David Robert Grimes, physicist and cancer researcher. Higher up the electromagnetic spectrum, well beyond those frequencies used by mobile phones, there are clear health risks …

The story of a liar, fraudster and paedophile

His claims that he and others had been the victim of sexual abuse by a “VIP ring” in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and that he had witnessed three child murders by members of the same group, featured prominently on BBC News, in a British national newspaper and on a now-defunct website called Exaro. However, while he was promoting his lies, Beech was busy downloading child abuse imagery and covertly filming a teenage boy. Image copyright Crown Prosecution Service …

Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal

Data surveillance powers ‘unlawfully wide’ ‘Snoopers’ charter’ changes put forward The case was brought to court following criticism of the way MI5 handled its data storage operations. Liberty’s lawyers said the data gathered by the security services and other agencies – under warrants granted by a judge or the home secretary – can include: Intimate data, including an individual’s internet browsing history The apps users have downloaded to their phone Usernames and passwords Cell site data that can pin-point a …

‘My son spent 3,160 in one game’

Report End of Twitter post by @tom_watson Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS select committee, which is currently investigating technology and addiction, told the BBC he believes the issue is “a real problem”. “I think there should be an obligation for the company to warn people about suspicious activity, like large increases in spending, just as banks warn their customers about unusual transactions,” he said. Image copyright Blastworks Ltd He has been charged £3160.58 between 18 February and 30 May …