Christmas is done for another year, and while we missed the opportunity to share it with family, we had great friends over for some seasonal cheer, which was lovely. Christmas in the tropics is always good fun, because nothing beats a midnight swim.
Still, things were a little muted. We’ve experienced a surge of Covid19 in Thailand in the last couple of weeks, so while it’s been one of the best places in the world to ride out this pandemic, we have had to acknowledge the need to reduce celebrations for Christmas and the New Year. It’s hard to complain though, when we’ve been freer than most during this challenging year.
We will get through however. The tough times aren’t over for sure, and there is more heartache ahead, but the light is at the end of the tunnel now. Keep the faith my friends, keep the faith. If we all do what we need to do, at the same time, for as long as is needed, we can break the chain. A true global roll-out of the vaccine will do the rest. It’s all coming.
I talk a lot about the positivity and beauty of social media – because the negative side is well known and discussed – and these last few days have shown it in all its glory. Smaller celebrations, all over the world, with people sharing photos of their moments together, making us all feel a little bit more connected even though we are apart. That’s what it’s all about! It’s why I love it so much.
Shout out to Priscilla Joseph
A final end of year thank you to the amazing Priscilla Joseph. Priscilla and I used to work together at Microsoft and I always found her an incredible professional and a wonderful person. When she set up her Virtual Assistant company – PeachesVA – I leapt at the chance to work with her again.
All of the links below to my weekend reads are compiled by Priscilla and she gets messages from me 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as I send her links for the next week’s reads. I’ve consistently asked her to tell me if I’m annoying the hell out of her, but she assures me it’s OK.
So if you are looking for a VA, or short term support on important projects, I really couldn’t recommend Priscilla highly enough. She’s terrific. Thanks for all you do for me my friend. I’d be lost without you.
I will continue to share charity links, because 2021 is going to be a year of real need for people in rich and poor countries. If you are still working, please donate where it makes sense to you, or to the UN Refugee Program and World Food Program. There is also PowerOf which is worth checking out. Another organization I adore is Kiva.org.
If we can all pull together to get through this time together, we will be better positioned to face the future together out the other side. It’s what we’ve all needed to do all year – to come together. Our challenges are not national, they are global. Too many leaders do not see this.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Biden Calls Climate Change ‘Existential Threat of Our Time’ tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Lloyd’s market to quit fossil fuel insurance by 2030 tks Ali Davis
Study reveals UV LED lights effectively kill a human coronavirus tks Claude Cajella
Phuket’s Covid Crisis – no tourists for high-season – tks Steve Johnson – although I disagree that Phuket is completely closed to tourists. The areas with permanent residents are still open for business – Boat Avenue, Boat Lagoon and Phuket Town are open. Patong and further south is definitely empty and closed. It’s heart-breaking to witness the impact here, and it definitely makes the challenges people face – because of this crisis – very real.
The real plot of this year is important people failing everyone else tks Phillipa Edwards
Is Trump Cracking Under the Weight of Losing? tks Frank Roberts
This tweet got some very interesting responses. A thread worth reviewing.
Business and Technology
Nine-year-old boy from Texas is highest-paid YouTuber, earning $40m tks Shaun Mcewan
Stop trusting your gut – the heading does not reflect the depth in this piece. Worth a read
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
The Journalist and the Pharma Bro – Barry Graubart
Passion, humour, history
New Findings on Santorini Point to “Lost Island of Atlantis” Origins tks Domenica DeCrea
And with my last Weekend Reads of 2020, I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year. I know it won’t be what we want it to be, but 2021 is going to be a better year. It will not be smooth running, we have dark Covid days to get through still, but we know things will turn around and hopefully, we can be with the people we want this time next year.
Until then, stay safe, get outside to breath fresh air, wash your hands, wear a mask (even if you think it’s over) and let’s do all we can to keep each other safe until this pandemic is over.
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