2014.03.18

Which NPO Should I Donate To?

So you have some disposable income and you want to give back. But there are thousands and thousands of causes and organisations that clamour for your attention. How do you choose the right one? And more importantly, how do you choose an organisation that makes a difference
2018.09.09

Thinking about your view of risk

A successful investment is when there is a match between the risk you expect or perceive and the actual risk of the fund. Calibrating your risk tolerance is a problem of psychology and the most difficult psychology to solve is often your own.
2015.07.01

Dying at the end of the month

Imagine for a moment that your life began on 1 July and ended on the 31st – say, 80 years of a life shrunk down to 31 days. What would your savings ...
2011.09.15

How To Take Holiday Photos

The famous French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson once said your first 10 000 photographs are your worst. A depressing thought for the new...
2012.07.01

I’m too sexy for Milan, too sexy for Japan, so sexy it hurts

For some, the most important part of travelling is not the runway that you jet off on, but rather the catwalk that awaits you on the other end. The question of which destination to pick becomes quite vexing when there are so many fashion shows and weeks to compete for your attention. To help you pick out the best, most fashionable places to be seen at, we've collected the top established and rising fashion capitals of the world. Even Right Said Fred would find themselves insufficiently sexy to be seen at these places
2011.11.11

Eco-series: Carbon Offsetting

Greening your daily commute by taking public transport or biking is all good and well, but what happens when you have to cross an ocean. Air travel has always been one of the worst ways to travel from an environmental perspective, but what choice do you have when New York calls and a swim across the pond is out of the question
2011.07.22

Styling your head

Nothing says you've been on holiday like bronzed skin and a sunglasses tan (raccoon eyes). Still, a sunburnt face is not a good look on anyone. This could all be kept under control pretty easily by wearing a decent hat.
2009.03.31

How politicians entrench a legal system of bribery

If we are to trust politicians (and as a profession, politics by its nature attracts morally dubious individuals) to not be led by corporate interests, we might as well legalise the more overt forms of bribery. The needs of the corporate persons will soon overrule those of living, breathing people and society in general. The few corporations that have publicly declared their contributions include
2016.12.01

What to do when (yes, when) you win the lotto

Many of us have romanced the idea of winning the lotto. The fantasies that follow are usually vivid and specific: luxury cars, extensive travelling and beachside property tend to feature prominently. The more ordinary lotto of a year-end bonus or thirteenth cheque is mentally spent way before we even get it, and often in very poor ways.
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