The Weekend Starts Here...

The Weekend Starts Here...

I’m beginning to feel as though I’m living in an alternate universe.  The words ‘UK’ and ‘international pariah’ weren’t those I’d ever envisioned being connected in any way.  It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out…

During the pandemic there have been many arguments about the best way to marry protecting people’s lives and protecting the economy, with a significant number of commentators arguing that one should take precedence over the other.  Now that we have several months of data, it – perhaps unsurprisingly – transpires that those countries which did best in protecting lives are those whose economies have fared best. [Infographic]

Not even the best companies’ stock prices go up in a straight line [Ben Carlson 3 min read]

Alternative Forms of Wealth [Morgan Housel 2 min read]

I think we can all agree that we remember experiences for a lot longer than we remember buying ‘stuff’.  This next piece is interesting in that it adds a caveat to that – the experience requires a change of scene to be memorable – and for that reason, in spite of its huge significance in our lives, we probably won’t recall much about lockdown years from now. “Where were you during the pandemic?” “At home.  For months.” [Tim Harford 3 min read]

Experience is the best teacher  [Tony Isola 4 min read]

A Short Story [Georgie Loxton 3 min read]

Oliver Burkeman has written a weekly column in the Guardian for the last ten years.  Last Friday was his final column, in which he set out a distillation of what he has learned in ‘eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life’  [4 min read]

The wildfires currently raging across California have led to some pretty apocalyptic photos being shared on social media.  Here’s a selection.

And finally.  A mesmerising short film  [5:40 video]

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it’s a good one.