Best of the Week #11 The potential pitfalls of a US-UK trade deal

Apologies for posting this late, I had to reinstall Mac OS onto my laptop because it wasn’t working.  Awhile ago, Donald Trump tweeted his enthusiasm for a US-UK trade deal. Inevitably, Brexiteers were ecstatic. Here was irrefutable proof the UK wouldn’t suffer any loss of trade after Brexit. Trade with the US and other countries would …

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Programmatic advertising: the Google comeuppance

Matt Scheckner is the founder of an Advertising Week jamboree, which was held  recently in London.  He is quoted as saying, “One of our biggest challenges is to make sure your advert doesn’t end up next to a recruitment video for Isis”. Online adverts via Google and Youtube et al have been appearing next to extremist …

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Attitudes towards gay rights in Britain

Generally speaking, Britain is a socially liberal country, at least relative to the rest of the world. So most people assume the country is one where being openly gay is accepted. We have gay marriage, unlike much of the rest of the Europe and most of the rest of the world. Britain’s isn’t a country …

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The gender gap in British and American higher education

A few days ago, Robert wrote an excellent piece on the self-obsession of many people today, especially men. http://hanrott.com/blog/pared-back-living-and-the-modern-male. He mentioned a creeping sexism in which men are encouraged to have big experiences, whereas women are meant to find happiness at home. I responded by highlighting that part of the problem with gender relations nowadays is …

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Best of the Week #8 London special

After last Monday’s lengthy post on British politics, I promised I would talk about other matters more. Today I endeavour to do just that, though whether I can keep it up is another matter entirely. Warning: I’ve tried to write more briefly, but yet again I’ve totally failed. As with last week’s post, I wanted …

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Pared-back living and the modern male

I uneasily venture into a realm that seems utterly foreign to me……. An essay in Toronto Life by a 31-year-old named “Tony” who earns $130,000 a year, lives at home with his parents and proudly forgoes material possessions in order to spend his money on “wild, rare, unforgettable experiences”. His boasts about drinking fine wines …

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