For the past several years at my airport of departure I have initiated what has become over time a near ritual – namely the acquisition of the Economist prior to boarding the plane. I have at times contemplated taking a subscription but for a variety of reasons never actually did so. Thus, I was thoroughly surprised and delighted to have received a years subscription from the Parental Units this Christmas. And the first issue is their year ending double – especially anticipated for its assemblage of essays on fascinating topics.
Best article in this issue: “Light on a lonely Rock” the story of the construction of the fastnet lighthouse south of Ireland. I have sometimes imagined that in a different life I might have been a good lighthouse keeper – comes from reading too many ‘Tim to the Rescue” books;
Article to keep you awake at night: “The way the brain buys” the psychology of retail purchasing and exactly how much they already know about the choices you make when you step into a store – sort of freaky..