Category: W

June 7, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Weaponisation How to make cities safe against the weaponisation of vehicles? Easy – the measures that make a city better also make it safer.  Walk & cycle, rather than drive.  City walls.  Buildings with moats.  Tight streets that resist traffic.  Collapsible pavements that can’t bear heavy weights. The weaponization of vehicles shows we’re better off…

March 28, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Women’s own Women tend to own less money than men.  Besides the gender pay gap, there’s an investing gap.  In the US, only about 1/2 of women have started saving for retirement (compared to 65% of men), and even those who’ve started have less than 1/2 the savings of men Guessed the Word?        Series 39 (8/9)   …

November 12, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Weather What is normal British weather now?  2018 was UK’s joint hottest summer on record.  So far, it’s been too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry for farmers, so will impact food prices.  Feb/Mar: sub-zero temperatures. Apr: cold rain.  May: unseasonally warm.  Jun/Jul/Aug: baking hot.  Sep/Oct: unusually mild.  Nov/Dec: ????? Guessed the…

September 28, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

  Wealth Even the largest fortunes can be squandered: Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Woolworths. UK: “Clogs to clogs in 3 generations”.  US: “Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in 3 generations”.  Italy: “Stable to stars to stable”.  China: “From paddy to paddy in 3 generations”. Same sentiment in any language Guessed the Word?             Series 30…

July 6, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

World Cup Fans need £120 ($150) to get all 681 Panini stickers, but most spend double that, even after swapping duplicates with pals.  2018 album extra-valuable as Italy (Panini’s home squad) not in the tournament for 1st time since 1958. Russia spent £8.3bn ($11bn) on infrastructure, stadiums, airport upgrades, transit for matches in 11 cities Guessed the Word?   …

July 2, 2018 admin123@ No comments exist

Water Firms worldwide are exposed to water risk, though rarely mentioned.  Demand & prices rising as climate change impacts. 4-yr drought affecting California’s almond exports. South Africa’s water-stressed areas include mining & tourism. Cape Town has halved water consumption per head Guessed the Word?        Series 26 (4/7)            [pic:…

December 18, 2017 admin123@ No comments exist

Wish-list We over-estimate how welcome spontaneous gifts will be.  Recipients prefer gifts from their wish-list. But money as a gift is liked even more: it’s always the right colour, and fits everybody Guessed the Word?       Series 15 (3/3)       [photo: mark adriane]