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  • Pound could 'hit parity' with US dollar after no-deal Brexit; London house prices slide

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as UK housing market keeps slowing and the pound hits fresh lowsLatest: Parity warning for the poundSterling fell below $1.24 today to 27-month lowLondon house prices fell 4.4% in MayBiggest decline in a decadeUK house price growth slows to 1.2% 5.00pm BST Capital Economics also predict further losses for the pound, pushing it towards dollar parity. Analyst Hubert de Barochez points to Brexit worries, and recent weak economic data. As...

    the Guardian
  • Study: Poor women are more hopeful than poor men

    According to a new study by researchers from the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, poor men's future outlooks are much shorter that poor women's. Poor men also experience more profound worthlessness than women do.
  • Country diary: a house of God open to heaven and house martins

    Segenhoe, Bedfordshire: The birds are stacked in the air above a shallow trench, taking turns to skim insects from it A flying congregation had assembled by the church gate. We approached on foot, coming on the coffin route, a straight path through fields along which pall bearers had once carried the dead from the nearby village of Ridgmont. Mourners might have walked through this meadow after the hay had been cut, as we did, and looked down at the grass laid out in strips to dry where it fell....

    the Guardian