The week, distilled.

Good evening,

As the week ends, here are our highlights that may have gone under your radar.

The week in articles

OFM Awards 2017: Editor’s Award — AA Gill

(The Guardian, October 15th)

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“I don’t know how long a child will remain utterly static in front of the television, but my guess is that it could be well into their thirties.”

AA Gill had a way with words that few could ever hope to achieve. In recognition of a unique writing talent, OFM honours the late restaurant reviewer with the 2017 Editor’s Award.


Explain Bitcoin to me

(Alienware, September 12th)

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‘Bitcoin has been spoken of repeatedly in the news, nearly always on the topic of price movements and where it may go next. You may ask yourself “How many Bitcoins are there?”, “What is the Bitcoin network?”, and even “How can I participate?”

Bitcoin and the debate around it’s future has become a trendy topic in the mainstream media. This article briefly explores the illusive crypto-currency.


How the oligarchy wins: lessons from ancient Greece

(The Guardian, 15th October)

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While the ruling class must remain united for an oligarchy to remain in power, the people must also be divided so they cannot overthrow their oppressors. Oligarchs in ancient Greece thus used a combination of coercion and co-optation to keep democracy at bay.

Ganesh Sitaraman looks at what two recent books — Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters — can teach us about defending democracy from oligarchs.

The week in statistics

26% of the population are ashamed about the amount of sugar they consume, which polls just under ‘not paying the right amount of tax’ (30%)or ‘pulling a sickie’ (29%). Ipsos MORI

In the age of fake news and viral clickbait, 35% of young people feel that it is very difficult to tell the difference between truth and lies on social media. A depressing statistic indeed. Ipsos MORI

11% of Brits have put thought towards what they would do should there be a zombie attack. Younger people are much more likely to have a plan than older Brits: approaching a quarter (23%) of 18–24 year olds know what they would do in the event of the dead munching on the flesh of the living. YouGov