The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

The best of what we read, watched and listened to this week

Photo by Erik-Jan Leusink on Unsplash

We may all be experiencing it but it seems that the greater impact of coronavirus on some countries may be a function of the extent to which their citizens recognise threats and are willing to follow rules.  Why countries with ‘loose’, rule-breaking cultures have been hit harder by Covid.  [6 min read]

In case you were wondering what sources the government was using to come up with its strategy for vaccine distribution, the Health secretary admits that a Hollywood movie is one of them.  [3 min read]

There is always someone willing to predict a stockmarket crash and from time to time, they will be right.  Yet identifying a ‘bubble’ is not as easy as it might seem (at least before the crash, which is when it matters).  What Some Permabears Fail to Understand.  [4 min read]

With just about anyone who can operate a communications device with a screen becoming a user of one or other videoconferencing services in the last 12 months, it turns out that cats are not the only ones trying to steal the show with an unscheduled appearance.  ‘Insane’ success of goat Zooms nets Rossendale farm £50k.  [2 min read]

As the world seemingly becomes more polarised between people with strong opinions, the ability to persuade someone to change their mind about something is surely a valuable skill to have.  The Science of Reasoning With Unreasonable People.  [8 min read]

While I can’t say I noticed much of an increase in my own spare time during successive lockdowns, my own library has certainly increased over the year and I suspect that if I had checked, I have probably got through a reasonable volume of print.  Still, as I always have at least a couple of books on the go, a process for reading faster would certainly reduce the ‘to read’ pile so I’ll try this.  4 ways to read more books this year.  [4 min read]

Last time I was in Washington DC, in February, the snow was piled high in the streets.  However, for some of the city’s residents, snow represents an opportunity for some fun.  [0.50 video]

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob