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 C.Valdez on Unsplash

As it appears that here at least, the pandemic might be coming under control, we can look forward to a further relaxation of the restrictions next week.  However, just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should, so it looks as though being sensible is still a sound approach to take. Johnson to allow hugging in England from 17 May.  [4 min read]

As if we need reminding, investing is largely a matter of creating good habits and having the discipline to stick with them.  Three words – earn, save and invest – in that order – form the foundation of any successful strategy to build wealth over time.  3 Rich Habits for Life.  [4 min read]

Blind faith is all well and good in some aspects of our lives but financial planning and investing are not among them.  Fortunately for most of us, you don’t need to be brilliant to be a successful investor – it’s actually more about avoiding big mistakes and by now we have a pretty good idea of what those are.  How To Survive A Fudgy The Whale Market.  [3 min read]

The internet and social media provide a platform for just about every sort of idea that you could imagine, regardless of how ridiculous they might seem to some (I recently saw a thread of sincerely believed reasons for the earth being flat).  However, this article reminds us that while many new ideas are initially perceived to be ridiculous, they can eventually be recognised as profound, so we should encourage rather than ridicule new ideas that don’t fit with our current understanding.  After all, that’s how we know the earth is an oblate spheroid.  Crazy New Ideas.  [6 min read]

In a week in which I’ve been bombarded with calls telling me that my national insurance number is going to be cancelled (it makes a change from being told that I’m about to be arrested for tax fraud anyway), this sound advice about how to handle these time wasters struck a chord.  Even if the call is legitimate, you don’t lose much (and you might save a lot) by cutting it off early.  Cold Call.  [5 min read]

Although cold fusion has been shown to be impractical, scientists have been working away on the technology necessary to keep a mass of plasma at unimaginably high temperatures under control for long enough to fuse hydrogen atoms together to create helium.  Now it seems that a breakthrough has been made with making the magnets necessary to do so.  Maybe we’ve just moved a bit closer to the goal of unlimited (and zero carbon) energy.  Mind-boggling magnets could unlock plentiful power. [ 6 min read] 

In case climbing Everest isn’t challenging enough, it seems that there is a rising incidence of coronavirus among climbers at base camp in Nepal.  Now the Chinese government has announced a plan to create a line on the summit to separate climbers from the two sides of the mountain – how that will work remains to be seen.  China to set up ‘separation line’ at summit.  [2 min read]

This week marked the 40th anniversary of reggae legend Bob Marley’s premature death.  The BBC marked the occasion with this tribute.  [3 min read]

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob