Things to read
“It is a privilege to be able to be afford to be healthy. Having had money and not had money, it’s clear to me that health does have a cost. It is not free. One needs, at the very least, time to exercise, money to buy food. The times in my life when I have been able to lose weight have been the times in my life when I could afford to lose weight.”
“Just how many fake followers does Trump really have? Well, it’s difficult to determine, and the results are all over the place. According to the site Status People, which tracks how many Twitter accounts are bots, inactive, or real, only 21 per cent of Trump’s Twitter followers are real, active users on the platform. The rest are either bots, dead bots, or real people who no longer log into Twitter. By Status People’s estimate, only two million of the supposed 10.3 million followers that Trump bragged about last week are actually listening to him.”
“My dad liked [taking me to fashion events] because he thought it was fascinating. He would be like, 'We’re in a room full of the most beautiful women in the world, and they’re all wearing the most unflattering outfits.' Whereas my mom was just like, 'Tavi, I want to go to the Jewish Museum. Can we leave?'”
“Pushing off with around 70 other people, they soon ran out of petrol, leaving the boat drifting in open water. When an Italian rescue ship finally found them, many of the migrants fought to grab hold of the ropes thrown down to them. In the chaos, many people were knocked into the water – including Omar. Witnesses said after treading water for a while, Omar eventually went under. She was never seen alive again. She was 21 years old. ”
“A 39-year-old explained that one of the most stressful parts about getting her period at work is trying to hide it from the men surrounding her. 'You have to make it past all your noisy male coworkers who are watching you go back and forth to the restroom,' she told the Harris researchers. She's not the only one who feels this way: five per cent of women don't carry their purse to the restroom for fear that others will guess that it's their time of the month.”
Things to listen toI believe I might have mentioned how much I love the detective novels of Margery Allingham in this space before... Anyway, Radio 4 Extra has been running a splendid adaptation of her Traitor's Purse recently, starring Roger Allam. It features a languid detective, vintage car chases, and multiple memory loss/restoration storylines. What's not to like? Also, the BBC radio app is now available in the US, so there is now no excuse for you not to listen, American readers.
Things to watchUgh, James Bond.
You will get the hang of it, I know it.
I would eat this paper ramen.