Colorful conversation on social, economic and religious issues from a Christian worldview perspective. Mark and Pete: a businessman and a pastor. Listen on Flame Radio 1521MW in NW England and podcasts on iTunes. Website: markandpete.com Twitter: @markandpete
Are walking sticks cool? The Queen uses walking stick for the second time in a week during Wales visit. Her Majesty the Queen was visiting the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff along with her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. The Queen has arrived at the Welsh Parliament using a walking stick, the second time she's been seen with it publicly in 17 years.Her Majesty was visiting the Welsh Parliament in Cardiff with her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
In case of reality aping fiction, Captain Kirk (or rather #WilliamShatner the actor who plaid him in Star Trek) is going to space, he is boldly going where no ninety year old has gone before. What other science and technology from Star Trek do we desperately need in real life today?Jeff Bezos' #spaceflight company Blue Origin said Sunday it will postpone the flight that is slated to fly William Shatner to space due to forecasted high winds at its launch site. The flight of the company's New Shepard spacecraft is now scheduled for 9:30AM ET on October 13th, a day later than originally planned. It's targeted to lift off from Blue Origin's Launch Site One in Texas.
Speculation about who is going to be the next James Bond that reemerges every time any young, tallish actor makes an impression in a role that requires the wearing of a suit. Daniel Craig's long-awaited Bond swansong has landed, and were are agog to find out who will eventually succeed poor old Craig, who must be feeling very tired by now. Why are we all agog? Mark and Pete have the answers.markandpete.com
Times have changed in the magic industry. Tricks aren't just about sawing people in half these days - they also teach people about climate change.It's different at the top too - a 28-year-old woman has been elected president of The Magic Circle. It's the first time a woman has held the title in its 116 year history. Megan Swann is now the president of the organisation, founded in 1905, for British magicians. The leadership of the Magic Circle maybe changing but our fascination for the art never wanes. Mark and Pete look at this ongoing love affair.
Dancing is a very popular activity but is it actually rather silly? Strictly Come Dancing is a dancing competition show that is compulsory viewing for many. Have we gone raving mad? Mark and Pete have the answers.markandpete.com#strictly#strictlycomedancing#dancing
A dog is for life and not just for the Covid-19 lockdown, a charity has warned after online searches about getting a puppy surged by 120%.The Dogs Trust says it is concerned that the increased interest in acquiring a dog may be followed by a rise in people giving up their new pets when some form of normality resumes.The animal welfare charity, formerly known as the National Canine Defence League, is temporarily changing its famous slogan, “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas” to “a dog is for life, not just for lockdown”. Mark and Pete give you the lowdown on how to know if you should have a dog.
Marks & Spencer no longer sells men's suits at more than half of its 254 bigger stores as the pandemic hit "fast forward" on the trend for casual wear. It said men's preferences were already shifting to "smart separates" such as chinos and shirts before coronavirus.
The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. That phrase keeps coming back to haunt the Rolling Stones. Many people see the Rolling Stones as the greatest of all rock ‘n' roll bands. Pop bands like ABBA were great in their way but they were no rock and roll! From a business and religious perspective the Rolling Stones made their own distinct contribution.For more subscribe to this channel.
Who are your comedy heroes, what about Morecambe and Wise? What makes you laugh? Eric Morecambe (John Eric Bartholomew, 14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984) and Ernie Wise (Ernest Wiseman, 27 November 1925 – 21 March 1999), known as Morecambe and Wise (and sometimes as Eric and Ernie), were an iconic English comic double act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television.
Amazing facts about the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which was created in 1856 and is the most famous and valuable stamp in the world. “It is the Mona Lisa of philately,” said David Beech, a philatelic expert. “It is the one stamp that every philatelist and every collector would have heard about and seen an illustration of". The stamp, the only one of its kind, has gone on display at Sotheby's London headquarters before its sale in New York and will be on public view this week. Beech, formerly the curator of the British Library philatelic collections, said its fame was enhanced by the people who had owned it – and those who desperately wanted to own it.
Lego's leaves, bushes and trees are going properly green after the Danish toymaker said they would be made with plastic sourced from sugarcane.The pieces will be included in Lego's box sets from this year onwards.The move is part of the Danish company's pledge to use sustainable materials in its products and packaging by 2030.The toys will be made with a polyethylene produced with ethanol made from sugarcane.
Previously unseen poems and letters written by Victorian nonsense poet Edward Lear have been found hidden in a private collection.The discovery was made by University of Nottingham PhD student Amy Wilcockson in the British Library.While sifting through manuscripts, Ms Wilcockson noticed some pages written by Lear to a young English woman he had befriended in Italy.Utter nonsense of course, that's what good about it.
ABBA's greatest hits album Gold continues to live up to its title, reaching a landmark 1000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100.Placing at Number 17 on this week's albums chart, Gold – Greatest Hits is the first album to achieve the 1000-week milestone in UK chart history. What does say about the current state of pop music? Are the oldies simply Goldies?
Sir Ringo Starr has dropped a legal case against the makers of a sex toy called Ring O. ... Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, has agreed not to register his own Ringo or Ringo Starr trademarks in connection with adult sex aids, the dismissal contract states. Is he missing a trick? Mark and Pete have the answers.
If you've tried to buy a bike over the past few months you'll know that demand is far outstripping supply thanks to the effects of government imposed lockdowns because of the mild flu-like COVID-19 epidemic. What about you, are you going to get on your bike? We've been speaking to members of the British bike trade to find out what's going on, how long this situation is likely to last, and how you can maximise your chances of getting the bike you're after. UK bike shops began running out of stock way back at the start of the first lockdown over a year ago. Lockdown restrictions were announced towards the end of March 2020 and the bike trade saw an immediate uplift in sales as a result of cycling being a permitted exercise option, people wanting to stay off public transport, and furloughed workers having a lot of free time on their hands. Cycle shops were classed as ‘essential' and have therefore been allowed to stay open throughout.
What does the way you speak say about you? Do people think you are stupid when you are not? The UK is a rich tapestry of dialects and accents which in turn reflect the ebbs and flow of local history. But why are people with some accents perceived to be less intelligent, friendly or trustworthy than others?Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-57071805
Chances are, your inbox holds a wide assortment of email — from spam to newsletters to discount offers to important communications from your boss or colleagues. Business receive and send many emails internally and externally any many of these actually hinder communication. Mark and Pete delve into this thorny issue and ask how can we stop getting buried under all the excess information and drowning in too many emails?
In one of its most dystopian moves yet, Amazon is introducing tiny booths where its overworked warehouse employees can momentarily escape a job so grueling, many employees say they don't feel like they have enough time to even use the bathroom. The "ZenBooth'' or "Mindful Practice Room," as it's called, is part of the WorkingWell program Amazon announced on May 17. According to an Amazon press release, WorkingWell is a mix of "physical and mental activities, wellness exercises, and healthy eating support” meant to “help them recharge and reenergize." One of the WorkingWell initiatives is AmaZen, which “guides employees through mindfulness practices in individual interactive kiosks at buildings,” according to a press release
Britain came last and Italy won, what exactly happened. Does everyone hate the British? Should the whole Eurovision Song Contest be stopped? Mark and Pete have the definitive answer.At the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, it set the next debacle for Germany. Jendrik Sigwart (26) landed on a disappointing 25th place with his song “I Don’t Feel Hate” and was penultimate. The big winner of the evening in the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam was the rock band Måneskin from Italy, who won the race in a real heart-stopping final.Sigwart, according to ESC commentator legend Peter Urban (73), the “whirlwind against hateful messages on the Internet”, started the race with start number 15. The 26-year-old musical performer danced, sang and ukulelte quite energetically through his title. But a staid vocal performance and an exuberant performance, including a trumpet solo with a dancing peace sign or middle finger, apparently failed to score points with either the ESC audience or the jury.Italy wins thanks to the crowdThe national juries gave Sigwart a meager three points – two from Austria and one from Romania. Only Great Britain (James Newman – “Emers”) got even fewer points, namely zero. Switzerland fought head-to-head with its artist Gjon’s Tears (22) and his song “Tout l’univers” and France with singer Barbara Pravi (28) and her classic chanson song “Voilà”. In the end, Gjon’s Tears greeted from first place with 267 points. Pravi was close behind with 248 points.But with the voices of the audience, everything could change. However, Great Britain did not get any points from the spectators either. Just like Sigwart. With that, the 25th place was finally cemented. In the further course everything was whirled around quite tremendously. Italy, which the rock band Måneskin had put in the running with their song “Zitti E Buoni”, suddenly found itself very popular with the audience and took first place.But it should actually take until the very last point announcement before the decision was made. Because until the end, Switzerland had the opportunity to overtake Italy. But nothing came of it. The points of the audience voting were not enough to dispute Italy for victory. So it was clear: Måneskin are the winners of the ESC 2021 ahead of France and Switzerland.Two artists tested positiveIn April, the Dutch government declared the huge event a test case and allowed 3,500 viewers each to the nine shows, including six public rehearsals, the two semi-finals and the final. The show was based on an extensive test concept. All employees, journalists and artists had to show a negative corona test every two days in order to even get into the arena.And in fact there were two corona cases in the field of participants. First known that a member of the Icelandic band Daði og Gagnamagnið tested positive for the coronavirus. The band had then decided to withdraw from all appearances at the live shows. Duncan Laurence (27), who brought the contest to the Netherlands with his victory two years ago, also tested positive a short time later. Laurence should have presented his winning title “Arcade” on stage during the finale. His performance was shown on a video clip.
BRIT Awards 2021 has kicked off recently with some of the UK's biggest celebrities hitting the red carpet for its annual award ceremony. Many of this large celebrities wore seriously odd outfits, why? Are awards ceremonies for celebrities all they're cracked up to be? Mark and Pete have the answers.
Do you use Tipjar?Tipping expectations vary by culture and by service industry. Although tipping is a common practice in the United States in some other cultures or situations, giving a tip is not expected, and offering one could even be considered condescending or demeaning. In the UK situation varies. But what of the customer, why are we put in this position? Mark and Pete have the answers.
MARK AND PETE LIVE. Doctors say that going for a good walk is an effective way to combat the stresses surrounding Covid-19, and it doesn't have to cost the earth to reap the benefits. As studies show the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on mental health, more people are turning to exercise to boost their spirits. Physical activity is well known to benefit the body by keeping you strong, reducing the risk of certain diseases and helping maintain a healthy weight. In recent months, many people were forced to spend long periods of time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic and exercise has become a cathartic way of tackling stress and beating boredom. Numerous studies conducted since March, when lockdown increasingly came into force worldwide, have shown the toll of Covid-19 on our mental health. Mark and Pete look at this prescription for mental health: get well, take a hike!
MARK AND PETE LIVE. A pair of shoes designed and worn by the musician Kanye West have sold for $1.8m (£1.3m) at auction - the highest amount ever paid for #trainers. Are they worth it? What other things could Kanye sell for profit? Mark and Pete have all the answers.For more: https://markandpete.com
Garden gnomes and other outdoor furniture are running out due to supply chain issues and the popularity of garden centres in the UK during lockdown. Raw materials have become increasingly difficult to come by and the recent blockage of the Suez canal has also contributed to the national shortage of gnomes. Mark and Pete have the answer.
The lockdowns imposed by governments in an attempt to stop the spread of an airborne respiratory virus already in the population have produced issues. People have not been able to go to he hairdressing salon and so the look terrible. Not an important issue? You might be suprised.
In one year, potholes caused almost £3 million worth of damage to vehicles in the UK. There are over 900,000 potholes reported on our roads. But the roads were empty for the lockdown so we filled in all the holes then right? Wrong. We did nothing and it's getting worse. Mark and Pete investigate.
Demonstrations against the police bill in Bristol over the past week follow a long tradition of radicalism. Protesters say that their side of the story has not been told. Police say they have acted with restraint. When does a protest become a riot with each side being accused of excessive violence? Mark and Pete have the answers.
The government in the UK has taken on a dangerous level of new powers, it is a bit of a control freak. Mark and Pete discuss the dangers. In order to combat the disease, Boris Johnson’s government has taken on additional powers and responsibilities enabled by the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and the new Coronavirus Act 2020. It has not used the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 and the history of emergency powers in the UK helps to explain why that is the case.
Piers Morgan, the 55-year-old former Good Morning Britain star quit the ITV show last week following a complaint from Meghan Markle on his reporting of her and her husband Prince Harry. Can't anyone have an opinion any more. Mark and Pete have the answers.
With lives and livelihoods still at risk, Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget is focused on short-term support for people's jobs and finances. The national debt is as high as it was in 1963. Had Sundak made a fatal (for the economy) strategic error? Mark and Pete have the answers.
Amsterdam surpassed London as Europe’s largest share trading centre last month as the Netherlands scooped up business lost by the UK since Brexit. The shift was prompted by a ban on EU-based financial institutions trading in London because Brussels has not recognised UK exchanges and trading venues as having the same supervisory status as its own. Is this a permanent change? What does this mean for post Brexit Britain?
The answer is that laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh but there is even more to it than that...
This little she shanty from Mark and Pete is an original work about the lovely British fishing Industry and the promises of the British government about said industry on the occasion of Brexit. Fishing was one of the final sticking points in the post-Brexit trade talks. While fishing is a tiny part of the economy on both sides of the Channel, it carries big political weight.Regaining control over UK waters was a key part of the Leave campaign in 2016.Now that the new UK/EU agreement - on trade and so much else - has come into force, what does it mean for fishing?What's the deal in a nutshell?EU boats will continue to fish in UK waters for some years to comeBut UK fishing boats will get a greater share of the fish from UK watersThat shift in the share will be phased in between 2021 and 2026, with most of the quota transferred in 2021After that, there'll be annual negotiations to decide how the catch is shared out between the UK and EUThe UK would have the right to completely exclude EU boats after 2026But the EU could respond with taxes on exports of British fish to the EU or by denying UK boats access to EU waters
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, at a low key inauguration ceremony outside the US Capitol in Washington DC. Mr Biden said: "We've learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile, and at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed." Whilst dubious in its provenance this statement also as vague as platitude. Mark and Pete look at the possibilities that Joe Biden might be a good president of the US. Or not.
What is the future of money? A man who threw away a laptop hard drive containing bitcoin he believes is now worth about £210m wants his council to let him search for it in landfill.James Howells had 7,500 bitcoins, a virtual currency, on the hard drive, which he mistakenly threw away in 2013. What does this mean for the future of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
The education secretary Gavin Williamson was unable to explain how students will be awarded exam grades this summer and threatened teachers with inspections. The confusion came as heads around the country reported primary schools being inundated with children despite the national lockdown, and urged parents to be hone stabout whether they are really key workers and need the emergency provision. Speaking in the Commons, Williamson said it was “time to trust teachers, not algorithms”, and that school-based assessments would be used to award GCSE and A-level grades to avoid a repeat of last year’s exam disaster. But in the same breath, Williamson urged parents to report teachers they thought were failing to meet the government’s new targets for three to five hours of remote learning each day, and said inspectors from Ofsted would be called in to investigate their complaints. Mark and Pete delve into the murky depths of the government's ineptitude.Boris Johnson 'extremely cautious' on when England's schools will reopenRead moreSchool leaders were left frustrated by the lack of support or detail in the statement over how to prepare staff and students for assessing A-level, GCSE and BTec grades, coming after Boris Johnson admitted schools could have to continue remote teaching beyond February.
2021 could be bad and I mean really bad. Mark and Pete here go through predictions for 2021 by analysing trends in business, politics, religion and culture from 2020. It could be worse. But there is a bright spot a possibility of redemption. Listen to the whole episode, or skip to near the end to find out.
Happy #Christmas everybody! Here's a funny festive feast of humour from your favourite friendly curmudgeons to ease you into the Yuletide season. Don't give up, keep the faith, have a giggle. Yours, Mark and Pete. Jingle Bells 7 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Predictably, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla warned on Tuesday that people who don’t take the Covid-19 vaccine will become a “weak link” that allows the coronavirus to spread.Bourla, whose company is in late-stage testing for a potential inoculation, said he understands the public’s concerns about vaccines, which are being developed in record time. He said Pfizer will only request authorization from the Food and Drug Administration after data shows that its vaccine is safe and effective. But should you take the vaccine? Mark and Pete have the answers.
Online shopping has grown massively within the last ten years, with more and more consumers opting to update their homes, wardrobes and pick up gifts from the comfort of their own homes. This digital uprising has obviously had a huge impact on the lives of High Street shoppers and businesses alike. Departments stores such as the long established Debenhams are closing down, what comes next? Mark and Pete have the answers.
"I have never made any pretence of my opinion that the post coronavirus recession in the UK is going to be ghastly. However, events of the last few days have forced me to reconsider that opinion. I now think that calamitous may be a better description. I want to keep this blog to manageable scale so let me set out the short form of my reasoning.The UK was already forecast to run a deficit of £370 billion this year. The deficit for the following three years was forecast to exceed £100 billion each year by the Office for Budget Responsibility." How has the British Government created such a mess?
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of two men killed in the volcanic eruption that destroyed the ancient Roman city of Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago.The find was made in a dig carried out during the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian culture ministry said.
The home secretary, Priti Patel, has avoided the sack despite a Cabinet Office inquiry reportedly uncovering evidence of bullying within the Home Office.Priti Patel broke the ministerial code, but was it justified? Mark and Pete have the answers. MARK AND PETE PODCAST EPISODE: markandpete.com Boris Johnson has said he continues to have "full confidence" in Priti Patel following a report concluding the home secretary had "unintentionally" breached the ministerial code in her behaviour towards civil servants.The report's author, Sir Alex Allen, has quit after the PM rejected his findings. Here is the summary of those findings that has been released by the government:The Ministerial Code says "ministers should be professional in their working relationships with the civil service and treat all those with whom they come into contact with consideration and respect. The inquiry concluded that Patel broke the ministerial code of conduct, but the prime minister, Boris Johnson, ignored the findings and ruled that she did not break the code. As a result, she will not lose her position.
Australian researchers say the discovery of a two-million-year-old skull in South Africa throws more light on human evolution. Neo-Darwinian evolution is just a theory, on Mark and Pete we are strong believers in creation being by God.The skull was a male Paranthropus robustus, a "cousin species" to Homo erectus - a species thought to be direct ancestors of modern humans.The two species lived around the same time, but Paranthropus robustus died out earlier.Mark and Pete look at the reasons for disappearance of this species and what it has to teach us about the evolution of Homo Sapiens today.