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Newsletter 18th October 2020


The "Surely he can't win from here?" edition


Just like, you know...


Big news for those of you working from home: even though you are working from home you aren’t actually working from home. You’ve been doing it wrong. Here’s how to do it right.

Timelines for getting back to the office have been pushed back from January to July. But when you do get back, oh boy, you’re going to have some much space.

Banks have decided they need to keep a keener eye on what their staff are up to at home.

Last week jargon was a bad thing but this week it’s not so bad. But these four words are definitely very bad indeed. Maybe they won’t be so bad next week.


Boys and their toys...

Tukey is preparing to fire some missiles around the Black Sea, just for practice of course. And Kim Jung Un, remember him? Well he’s got a brand new missile as well, which he claims is bad news for his friend Donald Trump.

More bad news for Trump as Vlad is not going to gift him a pre-election nuclear deal.

Chinese soft power is failing with regards to Taiwan, which is hardly surprising if it is as cack-handed as only allowing exhibitions about Genghis Khan if you don’t actually mention Genghis Khan.



Can you do me a freshly cut grass one too?

It’s not just people grabbing trolley-fulls of pasta in your local supermarket, whole countries are stockpiling food.

In happier news, you can now get a face mask with the great smell of bacon.

And in bemusing news, you can now go on a cruise to nowhere.

I know it's not a proper Nobel!

The winners of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel have been announced. More details on their award-winning work can be found here and here.

The great thing about economics is there is always space for a contrarian take. These crazy guys think inflation is coming.

Central banks continue to explore digital currencies though they don’t seem to be entirely sure why. They just think they’d better.

US college sports are big business, but not for the people who actually generate the cash.

In hope over experience news, Italy is planning another crackdown on the grey economy.

You're doing it to yourselves...

More evidence that QAnon is some kind of out-of-control role-playing game. It makes as much sense as anything else.

Conspiracy theories aren’t a preserve of the right and a popular one on the left is the malign influence of big data, but there doesn’t seem to be much in it. You can comb through the full report here for the kind of minute inconsistencies that might keep the theory alive.

It comes as no surprise to hear that we’d all be a lot better off if we paid a lot less attention.

Disrupt this!

Every business dreams of a monopoly, even if it is just in the tinkling chimes of an ice-cream truck.

Would you like the good news or the bad news first? Well the good news is you can get a refund on your used Billy bookcases, and the bad news is that you have to get them to the shop fully assembled.

With so much going wrong in the world maybe all disasters should be celebrated with a stamp.

If you want to see evolution in action look at your forearm. And scientists have finally worked out how your heart works, which is reassuring.


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