Every week I come across dozens more things than I can possibly write about. I underline things in books, scribble in the margins, tear out newspaper articles, and make mental notes. Most of those things are then ignored or forgotten. So, herewith a roundup of this week’s miscellanea. (I was going to post it on the weekend, but I forgot.)
- You know how we were saying derivatives don’t have any intrinsic worth? According to the New Economics Foundation, there are $60,000 billion worth of credit derivatives in play on the London market.
- Vladimir Putin has a doctorate from the St Petersburg Mining Institute.
- After Hurrican Katrina, over different countries sent aid to the US, including Afghanistan and Iraq.
- The people who own jeremywilliams.com think it is worth $2,500. I don’t.
- When it is practically raining free fruit in the form of blackberries and windfall apples, the BBC’s Good Food site helpfully recommends . It is complicated, but it is tasty.