in this issue
Traders Move to Blockchain Island
moments in business history
The Notorious Napster
Coming to a Global Corner Near You: PolCham
Closed - British Retail in Crisis
Down With Tourism
A Farewell to Arms?
China’s Xi Jinping: President or Potentate?
China Charges Forward
Airbnb Goes Upmarket
The Free World’s Best Hope?
May-Britt Moser - GPS for the Brain
Behemoths of the Sky
The Canary Islands - Spoilt for Choice
Will Robots Steal Your Job?
Doctor Amen - Saint or Sinner?
at the end
Book & Film Reviews
Letter from the Business English Magazine Team
Greetings all BEM readers,
Welcome to another bimonthly edition of your favourite business mag, jam-packed as usual
with interesting info, valuable vocabulary and business know-how. We begin by looking at
political dynasties. Our main story concerns Justin Trudeau, Canada’s hunky head honcho
- himself the son of a former Canadian PM. Michael Gaylord investigates whether the image
is still intact or if it has tarnished over time after the initial love-in with the media. We
also give you news on developments in China, where Xi Jinping seems to be trying to install
himself as leader for life, while his family enjoys an ever higher profile.
Elsewhere, we take a trip to the Canary Islands, both for a bit of a holiday and to check out
the business potential. Speaking of hols, if you’re looking for some luxury accommodation,
you need to read the piece about Airbnb, which appears to be muscling into the high end
of the market. And if you’re looking to travel, then you might like to hear about the latest
trends in air transport in Behemoths of the Sky, and why big is beautiful.
When you land, though, you might not want to actually get off the plane. In many places,
locals have had enough of the swarming, sweaty mass of tourists heaving through the
streets, the loudness and the litter.
Then we’ve got the gurus, the personalities, the tests, the dialogues and all the other stuff
that makes BEM so satisfying. We’ve had fun preparing it for you - we hope you’ll have as
much fun perusing the pages that follow.
Best regards, the BEM team.