The best of what we read, watched and listened to in the week before the festive holidays

The best of what we read, watched and listened to in the week before the festive holidays

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

A little late for putting on your 2021 Christmas list but if you’re looking for some reading material, now that he has more time on his hands Barack Obama has published his own top book recommendations for the year.  In the interests of balance, we wonder if we’ll be publishing his successor’s list next year….  [3 min read]

Sometimes it seems that every man and his dog owns a remotely piloted vehicle these days but just like any tool, there are some who make better use of them than others.  These aerial images of the UK were taken by Chris Gorman during 2021.  Apart from their inherent quality as images, they also reveal some important messages which can make us think.  [2 min read]

Hedge funds have been one of the great success stories of investing, the amount invested in them growing by 1,500% in the last 25 years.  Unfortunately, after the first few years of that period, that success has mostly been experienced by the managers (whose fees increase as new money flows in) rather than their investors.  So if you want to make money from hedge funds, maybe it’s best to start your own.  [5 min read]

The last couple of years have resulted in many people reassessing their work-life balance.  If you’re looking for an escape from city life, this opportunity to manage a pub in Cumbria might be of interest.  One thing worth bearing in mind though is that it’s on a 50-acre island with only three houses.  Still, at least everyone should be able to stagger home after an evening of imbibing.  [1 min read]

Much like this time last year, we now find ourselves in a situation where the implications of the latest coronavirus news are unclear.  If you need a bit of light relief from it all, here it is represented by a horse race.    [2:00 video]

If you fancy following Father Christmas tomorrow then we suggest using NORAD Track Santa, the original Santa tracker! 

And finally, just in case you have not heard enough Christmas songs already… here is a whole album of Christmas classics 

All the team at Bloomsbury wish you a lovely festive period and a happy and healthy 2022.

Charles and Rob