While ABTA are warning people not to leave it too late to book a holiday and saying there's been some encouraging areas of growth, people are wary of committing. The credit crunch has left families less well off but the poor value of the pound especially in the Eurozone has affected choice too.
An industrial designer has come up with a way to analyse the content of the food you eat right down to the exact amount of calories it contains to where the food is sourced. These are embedded within food or on food packaging and carry information on the nutrients and calorie content in that product which is sent via Bluetooth to a laptop or smartphone.
"Bee rustling" is becoming big business with many of the bees sold in the black market. The recent decline in bee numbers means that they have become more valuable to both commercial bee keepers (for honey) and hobbyists.
Is there money to be made out of self-publishing, assuming you've written something half-decent in the first place? The traditional view has been that self-publishing is a sure-fire route to obscurity and dismal sales. But could the growth of the e-books market change that?