The Weekend Starts Here........

The Weekend Starts Here........

Well, when I signed off at the end of last year I never expected it would be almost three months before I’d be posting on the blog again! An unexpected hospitalisation and a back operation in the new year (and three large screws now supporting my vertebrae), I’m finally back at work.

So, here’s the best of what I read, watched and listened to this week….

We’re approaching the first anniversary of lockdown #1 and I’ve found recently that I’ve been reflecting more often about what life was like pre-pandemic.  So this first post by time management expert Laura Vanderkam reflecting on her journal entries a year ago really resonated with me. [3 min read]

Since moving to France nearly 14 years ago, we’ve owned Pyrenean Mountain dogs.  Previously, we’d always owned gun dogs, so it was a bit of a learning curve getting used to some of their peculiar habits.  Their distant Mongolian cousins, the bankhar, were almost wiped out during the Soviet era but are now slowly making a comeback.  Before reading this piece, I would never have dreamed that a dog could have such an effect on part of the world’s ecosystem. [4 min read]

Warren Buffett recently published the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders’’ letter for 2020. It’s a relatively long, but fascinating read and – as every one of these letters does – goes a long way to explain why Buffett is lauded in the way that he is.  The very essence of a long-term investor!  [20 min read]

Reaching financial independence can be an extremely unsettling time.  Even for those who have planned meticulously for the event.  If this last year has taught us anything, it’s that the future is always uncertain. What’s the back-up plan if things go horribly wrong?  This next piece is an interesting insight into the mind of someone who has just reached this stage in their life and is pondering that question.  [4 min read]

If I was to give it any serious thought, I’d have said that governments around the world have a ton of data about their citizens.  And they do.  But as they quickly discovered at the outbreak of the pandemic the question was, did they have the right data? [3 min read]

Space fascinates me (although I never want to go there).  If needed, turn off the cheesy commentary in this short video and enjoy the majesty of an Earth rise [1:15 video]

Alongside SPACs, NFT (Non-fungible token) must be the current ‘acronym du jour’. What are they and are they the next bubble? [4 min read & 3 min read]

Travel Photographer of the Year 2020 [Photos]

And finally.  Baby goats line up for a hug. You’re welcome 😊 [0:36 video]

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