Brendan from PetrolPrices.com appeared on TV twice today commenting on the best way to save money on fuel in light of the tax increases which came into effect this week.  This short video is from the BBC’s Working Lunch programme.

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There were two major news articles released on the BBC today. First came the bad news – there are now 3.3 million households in the UK that have no work, that’s 1 in 6. Then an hour so later, we got some good news – the country is to gain a new high speed rail link between London and Glasgow, that will reduce journey times to just 2 hours. The only problem is that it won’t be ready until 2030.

Surely it must be possible for us, as a nation, to give these people jobs building a high speed rail network with the aim of getting it done in 5 years? This would simultaneously reduce unemployment, carbon emissions, congestion, and travel times. And while we’re at it, why can’t they be upgrading our communications and energy infrastructure by laying fibre optic cable, and increasing our renewable energy generation capacity.

What are your views on this? Could it work? How would it be paid for? Are our current politicians ambitious enough?

Today, we’re officially in a recession. This was caused by the nation getting in to too much debt and the government’s solution to this problem is to get us in even more debt.

The government says that the cost of doing nothing is worse than than the cost of the bailouts to the banking industry, yet they are reluctant to make those costs transparent. We think the public have a right to know the truth about the sheer size and extent of these bail outs, and that there should be a debate on the merit of pursuing them.

Economics is often referred to as the dismal science, so we’ve tried to make it a bit more entertaining with our new Bail Out Brown site. The site aims to keep track of the nature and scale of the government’s bail outs, whilst having a bit of fun along the way!

That was the instruction from entrepreneur Alex Tew in his latest online venture SockandAwe.com – a highly addictive game which allows you to thow virtual shoes at Mr Bush just like the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at the US president. At the time of writing, more than 40 million shoes had been thown. Great success!

Since the game was launched on Monday we’ve been addicted to the satisfying ‘thwack’ of size 10’s hitting Mr Bush’s face at Fubra HQ, so much so that we bought the site! As of the end of a 24 hour eBay listing we are now the proud owners of SockandAwe.com.

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The new London 2012 logo has attracted a lot of criticism in the press since its launch yesterday, so we have built a micro-site to gauge opinion and see if the British public can do any better.

London 2012 Logo Gallery

At the time of writing we have had 4603 votes, 92.8% of whom agreed that we need a different logo for the London Olympics. The question is, will the games committee listen?

Here is what all the fuss is about for those of you who haven’t seen it: