Category: Almanac 2016

An existential eruption

A short time after the EU referendum I saw a tweet in my timeline prophesying that ‘in about 20 years’ time the answer to any pub quiz question will be 2016’.1Credit where credit is due, the tweet was by @robboma3, although it is hard to be definitive on originality. You can see the reasoning; the…
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How long can a honeymoon last?

The Conservatives have been ahead of Labour every month in our polls since May 2015, and 2016 is no different. In fact, their lead at the end of October was greater than it has been for seven years, at 18 points. But that shouldn’t be a surprise – it’s obvious we are in a honeymoon…
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Go home 2016, you’re drunk!

Most people in most countries think their country is going wrong. The outlook is extraordinarily bleak in places: in Mexico and France nearly everyone (89%) thinks their country is on the wrong track. Europeans are particularly gloomy – even in countries that are typically viewed as successful, like Germany and Sweden. Britain has a very…
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Virtual reality: don’t believe the hype … yet

You’ve probably come across the VR-hype train by this point. It’s pushed by media organisations, VR companies, techy types and hardware providers. Breathless punditry has claimed 2016 the breakthrough year for Virtual Reality.1https://www.marketingweek.com/2016/01/28/why-2016-will-be-a-breakthrough-year-for-virtual-reality/ Goldman Sachs has global projections of the Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality market being worth up to $182 billion in 2025, similar to the…
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