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 Jamie Street on Unsplash

We have seen the widespread use of travel bans during the pandemic as a way of reducing the spread of the disease but while they seem logical, do they help to achieve that objective?  Unless backed up by a coherent and effective strategy of other measures, maybe not.  [10 min read]

The demise of cash has been predicted for some time (remember when the banks tried to persuade us to stop cheques a few years ago?) but it seems that the current refusal of some businesses to accept it is hastening the process.  While many are comfortable with this, it risks disenfranchising some sections of the population.   Cash refusal ‘creeping into UK economy’.  [2 min read]

The process for getting rich is often (but not always) to take a large undiversified risk (and being lucky).  Unfortunately, the recipe for turning a large fortune into a small one is remarkably similar.  We often tell people that we cannot make them rich.  However, what is arguably more valuable is that we can stop them from becoming poor.  So You Turned $300k Into $3 Million. Now What?  [5 min read]

When the market is on the way up, everyone’s an investment expert, even teenagers.  Yet at some point, things will change and fear rather than greed will dominate (as it did only a few months ago).  Our temperament has a huge impact on how we deal with this and it can be a powerful force in wealth destruction.  Here’s a way to limit the damage.  [7 min read]

Whale watching can be an absorbing activity but there is a sound reason why most people opt for doing it from a vessel which is larger than the whale.  Unless that is, your interest lies in its internal anatomy. [0.32 video]

In case you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a dog’s tongue, it’s good to know that there are scientists who spend time thinking about such weighty matters.  Why do dogs lick people?  [3 min read]

These days it sometime seems that the whole purpose behind Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention is to facilitate the distribution of cat videos.  Although this is not an unworthy cause, five years before the internet officially got off the ground, it all started with this.  We bring you…. Herbie, the skateboarding duck.  It also demonstrates some admirable product placement and a reminder of what some of us were wearing in 1978.  [2.20 video]

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob