British – BB Veggie Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:03:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 British – BB Veggie 32 32 UK energy firm apologizes after sending socks to thousands of customers during crisis Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:50:00 +0000

E.ON Next sent socks to around 30,000 homes with a tag attached saying that reducing their heating would reduce CO2. Households had taken part in an “energy saving campaign” last year, The Guardian reported.

The sock message couldn’t have come at a worse time – UK households are facing soaring energy bills due to a combination of cold weather, nuclear power plant shutdowns in France and a reduced gas flow from Russia. UK consumers will pay around £790 ($1,075) more this year for heating and lighting their homes, according to Bank of America.

The energy company released an apology on Twitter, saying they are “incredibly sorry”. CNN Business has contacted E.ON Next for comment.

“If you recently received a pair of socks from us, we would like to say that we are extremely sorry for how we have made some people feel,” said the Tweeter noted. “Given the severity of the current challenges many people are facing, this shipment should have been stopped and we apologize for that.”

Customers have taken to Twitter to castigate the company.

“I don’t want your cheap free socks, I want cheaper utility bills please” one user tweeted.
“Seriously, energy prices are rising,” another user tweeted. “…What the fuck.”
Earlier this week, the main opposition Labor party called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a windfall tax on companies pumping oil and gas from the North Sea. The party claimed the tax could cut the average energy bill by around £200 ($272).
Another major energy supplier, SSE, owned by OVO Energy, faced backlash earlier this week after sending an email to customers encouraging them to snuggle up with their pets and ” hearty bowls of porridge” to keep warm this winter.

“Recently, a link to a blog with energy saving tips was sent to customers. We understand how difficult things will be for many of our customers this year,” an OVO spokesperson said. Energy.

UK financial services achieve third quarter growth – survey Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:22:00 +0000

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LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Britain’s financial services grew for the third consecutive quarter in the last three months of 2021 and at their fastest pace since mid-2017, even as COVID-19 dampened the optimism, according to a survey of 105 companies in the sector showed.

A year after the end of the Brexit transition period, the health of UK financial services is under close scrutiny after the City of London was largely cut off from the European Union.

“While volumes and profitability growth in the financial services sector remain buoyant, fading optimism is something to watch closely, as heightened COVID-19 uncertainty clouds the outlook. near-term economic outlook,” CBI chief economist Rain Newton-Smith said in a statement. .

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The survey of 105 financial firms by employers group CBI and consultants PwC was completed just before new restrictions were introduced in Britain last month to tackle spiraling cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus .

In the first three months of 2022, businesses expect activity to remain robust and at a steady pace, according to the survey.

Profitability growth is expected to moderate somewhat in the coming months, with the number of employees expected to grow solidly and retain talent as the workforce’s top priority, he said.

Beyond the first quarter, Britain has said big companies must disclose climate-related financial data from April 2022 using a globally agreed set of guidelines.

The survey showed that 40% of businesses were “somewhat prepared” for April, with 14% saying they were not ready and the remaining businesses saying they were somewhat or very prepared.

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Royal Mail pays homage to ‘Rolling Stones’ with new UK stamps Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:48:45 +0000
Royal Mail pays homage to ‘Rolling Stones’ with new UK stamps

The Rolling Stones are honored on new UK stamps, with a dedicated ensemble showcasing their performances around the world as the legendary rock band celebrate their 60th anniversary this year.

Britain’s Royal Mail said on Tuesday it would issue a special set of 12 stamps “in homage to one of the most enduring rock bands of all time”.

Eight stamps feature photos of singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and the late drummer Charlie Watts performing at various concerts around the world: from Hyde Park in London in July 1969 to East Rutherford, New Jersey in August 2019.

The other four stamps are presented in a miniature sheet and feature two images of the group together, and two posters for their world tours. Watts died last year at the age of 80.

“Few bands in rock history have managed to carve out a career as rich and broad as that of The Rolling Stones,” said David Gold, director of public affairs and policy at Royal Mail, in a statement .

“They have created some of the most iconic and inspiring albums in modern music, with groundbreaking live performances to match.”

Formed in 1962, The Rolling Stones are one of the most successful and longest-running rock groups in the world, selling an estimated 240 million records worldwide and winning numerous awards, including three Grammys, along the way.

Their Stones’ work, rooted in American blues and rhythm and blues, produced hits like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Sympathy for the Devil” from their heyday of the 1960s and 70s, but also curiosities like the reggae-infused track “Send It To Me”, apparently about a single man looking for a mail order bride.

They are the fourth music group to have a dedicated Royal Mail stamp issue, following in the footsteps of The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Queen.

Royal Mail said it has worked with the Stones and their management on the stamp collection, which goes on sale on January 20. (Reuters)

Masked singer eliminates chart-topping UK singer in latest unmasking Sun, 09 Jan 2022 09:41:33 +0000

Warning: This article contains major spoilers for the latest episode of The Masked Singer.

The masked singer bade farewell to his third celebrity on Saturday night, with Lionfish turning out to be a chart-topping singer responsible for one of the best-selling songs of the last 20 years.

Lionfish was the third celebrity to be unmasked

Over the weekend, the fun reality show aired its first-ever Movie Night special.

During the episode, Lionfish performed The Bodyguard’s I Will Always Love You in her original arrangement by Dolly Parton.

Unfortunately, he failed to garner support from the studio audience, with the aquatic character eventually being shown the door to Firework.

As we predicted previously, Lionfish was then exposed as none other than former Pop Idol winner Will Young, who is responsible for number one hits Evergreen, Light My Fire, and Leave Right Now.

Yeah, it was Will Young in that fishy disguise from the start
Yeah, it was Will Young in that fishy disguise from the start

While Lionfish last week hinted at Will’s role in the musical Cabaret, as well as a role in an episode of Skins, Saturday night saw hints to his Switch It On music video and Will Crying’s latest album. On The Bathroom Floor, which consists of covers of songs by female artists who inspired it.

After being unmasked, he told the panel that it had been “really difficult” to disguise his distinctive voice, but insisted: “It has been the most incredible opportunity and such a brilliant challenge.

“It’s very liberating to go on stage when nobody knows it’s you,” he added after his elimination. “I even closed my eyes when I sang Nessun Dorma. No one is looking at your face, it’s amazing.

“I highly recommend it. Especially when you are dressed like a fish in this amazing outfit.

Will Young at a press conference in 2018
Will Young at a press conference in 2018

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M People singer Heather Small and host Gloria Hunniford were the first two celebrities to be eliminated from this year’s The Masked Singer series, with nine disguised stars still in the running.

Among those reportedly under the remaining masks are Westlife star Markus Feehily, pop singer Natalie Imbruglia and footballer Michael Owen.

The Masked Singer continues Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ITV.