RBS boss likens bitcoin to Dante’s Inferno as currency tops $15,000

RBS boss likens bitcoin to Dante’s Inferno as currency tops $15,000

Bitcoin has been likened to Dante’s Inferno by the chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland. As the digital currency surged towards $16,000, Sir Howard Davies suggested it should carry a similarly apocalyptic warning for investors. Davies, a former head of the UK’s top financial watchdog, called on the Bank of England and other authorities around the world to launch a coordinated warning against the digital currency. Bitcoin has increased in value by $4,500 in the space of a week, after surging more than 900% this year. It was trading…

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UK City of Culture 2021: Coventry wins

UK City of Culture 2021: Coventry wins

Image copyrightPA Image caption The winning city was announced in the current UK City of Culture, HullCoventry has been chosen to be the UK’s City of Culture for 2021. The bid team said their plans were “about changing the reputation of a city” as well as hosting a year of cultural celebration. The title is awarded every four years and Coventry will hope to emulate the success of Hull, which is UK City of Culture this year. The other places in the running for the title were Swansea, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent…

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Brexit border deal possible in "hours" as talks go down to the wire

Brexit border deal possible in "hours" as talks go down to the wire

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) – The United Kingdom and Ireland could reach agreement in hours on how to run their post-Brexit Irish land border, paving the way for a deal that would remove the last obstacle to opening free trade talks with the European Union. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker leave after making statements at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Yves Herman A carefully choreographed attempt to showcase the progress of Brexit talks collapsed at the last minute on Dec. 4 when…

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Greta Gerwig on Lady Bird's perfect Rotten Tomatoes score

Greta Gerwig on Lady Bird's perfect Rotten Tomatoes score

Image copyrightGetty Images “It’s astonishing, it really is. I’ve nothing to say to it that’s eloquent – it’s amazing.” That’s Greta Gerwig’s reaction to Lady Bird, her directorial debut, getting a 100% score on reviews site Rotten Tomatoes – making it the most well-reviewed film in the site’s history. Not that she reads reviews when she has a film out (her acting credits include Frances Ha, Jackie and No Strings Attached), saying to do so is “a little terrifying”. She is aware, though, that Lady Bird, which stars Saoirse Ronan…

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