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

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

Image by Dan Jones from Pixabay 

This week’s news has been dominated by concerns over possible side effects of the coronavirus vaccinations.  While the European medicines regulator has dismissed the suggestions of an increased risk of cerebral blood clots, there is always the potential for some side effects, even in people who are otherwise in good health.  This is one BBC journalist’s experience, together with an explanation as to what causes them.   [5 min read]

We’ve all seen how corporate scandals tend to be missed by those who might be able to prevent them until it is too late.  However, there are some linguistic clues to be found in annual reports which provide clues that all may not be well.  And while it’s uncommon, if you find any swearing in there, that might be a loud ‘sell’ signal.  Fraud and Deception Detection: Five Language Fingerprints.  [5 min read]

With growing concern over both the volume of food waste and its methane-producing consequences and the environmental impact of aircraft exhaust, is there potential to use one to reduce both issues?  With battery-powered commercial flight still some way off, this might be part of the solution.  Climate change: Jet fuel from waste ‘dramatically lowers’ emissions.  [4 min read]
 
Many financial matters are often complex and we may feel poorly equipped to handle them.  Unsurprisingly, this often results in anxiety, regardless of how secure our financial circumstances are.  Maybe it’s time to liberate ourselves from some of it and get on with life.  How to Stop Carrying Too Much Financial Anxiety.  [5 min read]
 
Inevitably when major events take place, there will be much analysis, both during and afterwards, of what went right, what went wrong and what lessons can be learned.  A global pandemic is no exception but when asked to relate their experiences on a non-attributable basis, people can at least be more honest than they might be otherwise.  This is (some of) the inside story on how the UK government reacted over the last 12 months.  [24 min read]
 
Now that most television is apparently consumed via a medium which permits the viewer to fast forward through the opening and closing titles, producers are increasingly ditching theme music as unnecessary.  Maybe it’s a sign of Rob’s age (or of rarely getting his hands on the remote control) but he’s never even seen most of the shows the author mentions.  Although as the footnote reveals, one thing that doesn’t change is the ability of what we used to call ‘The Grauniad’ to incorporate typos… Is the TV theme doomed?  [3 min read]
 
If you’ve ever been found yourself trying to work at home with a cat demanding your attention, consider yourself lucky that you don’t own a panda.  [2:49 video]

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob