The last time the Bank of England raised interest rates, Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy were freshly installed leaders, tech evangelist Chris Messina had just birthed the Twitter hash-tag, and the first iPhone had just been released (and we were months away from the worst global recession in living memory).
It may come as a surprise to some to learn that Northern Ireland is the happiest place in the UK, according to the latest statistics on the issue, despite being the focal point of some of the UK’s major economic challenges; namely Brexit and the border.
IT was children's book author Lemony Snicket who said: “Besides getting several paper cuts in the same day or receiving the news that someone in your family has betrayed you to your enemies, one of the most unpleasant experiences in life is a job interview”.
DO you recognise the place described by these words - “this city has has put its troubled past behind it and is a city transformed, its streets packed with buzzing bars and great stories, while the coastline beyond boasts spectacular scenery and plenty of great diversions.
TOWNS and cities across Ireland came to a standstill last week as schools, colleges and many workplaces closed to escape the gusts brought by ex-Hurricane Ophelia, as the up to 100mph winds swept across the island.
LAST week a concerning statistic for the business community in the UK and Ireland emerged which didn’t directly relate to economic performance, employment, Brexit, skills availability or any other pressing issue.