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 Peter H from Pixabay 

The daily train commute used to be an opportunity to catch up on our reading (or sleep for those of us on the 05:36).  However, after many of us have now had a year without it, the rail industry is anticipating that in the future it is likely that there will be changes to train services when lockdown ends.  Get used to fewer trains.  [3 min read]

While some businesses have concluded that remote working should be a permanent option for their staff, others are less keen.  However, in a free market, employees who don’t like what is on offer are free to move elsewhere so it will be interesting to see where the balance is.  Goldman Sachs: Bank boss rejects work from home as the ‘new normal’.  [3 min read]

An investment which offers the returns of equities with the risk of bonds sounds like a winner for investors and sure enough, in 2020 structured products flew off the shelves in the US.  We’ve never been enthusiastic about them and this article highlights some of the reasons for that.  [5 min read]

Anyone with children will recall how as soon as they started nursery, they started catching assorted bugs.  As many have now been away from school for weeks or months with less opportunity to build up immunity, maybe we should expect a similar outbreak of colds once schools reopen; just don’t assume that the symptoms are of coronavirus.  Schools may see a burst of the common cold when they reopen, research suggests.  [5 min read]

It is well known that dogs can help to reduce stress in humans but so, it appears, can the humble hamster. [2 min read]

Also on the hamster theme, someone’s had far too much time on their hands recently.  Good to see plenty of health and safety labelling in there to avoid unnecessary risks although marked down because hammy isn’t even wearing a high vis vest or a hard hat.  [8.22 video]

Good news this week that the end of lockdown may be in sight in the UK.  We aren’t there yet, although the prospect of an imminent resumption of teaching in schools will no doubt be a relief for many of us in the meantime.

We hope you have a good weekend.

Charles and Rob