My regular Saturday comment followed by this week’s blog and financial site links.
Eagle-eyed readers may have spotted I only wrote one post this week, and also that today’s round-up is 24 hours late.
All true, I admit with shame.
It turns out this rural region of Eastern Europe really is rural. Now I’m back in the capital and a modern, could-be-anywhere hotel – stripped floorboards, floor to ceiling mirrors and furnishings in various shades of brown – I already miss the countryside, with locals walking their cows to pasture and pressing their bad homemade wine upon you.
It’s like the 1950s, in 2009.
On the other hand, I have the Internet again and have been gorging on it for six hours. A fine consolation!
With a more reliable Internet dial-up, it would be tempting to move out for a year or more to try a very different way of life. My work would have to change to adapt, but not as much as for many people.
In return I’d live in a one-road area the size of Cornwall where shepherds still walk from field to field, and where there’s roughly no crime.
Best of all? Rent of 300 Euros a month for all the rustic farmhouse with wood fire you could want.
When the Internet there works properly you’ll all be at it.
From this week’s personal finance blogs
- The rise of the (trading) machines – The Psi-Fi blog
- Diversification and correlation – Oblivious Investor
- What legacy will you leave? – Get Rich Slowly
- Classic value shares deliver 76% – iii blog
- The sandwich method of constructive criticism – Financial Samurai
- The Climate-gate debate – Weakanomics
- 11% yields were to good to be true – Darwin’s Finance
- The U.S. unemployment picture in pictures – Digerati Life
- Multiple income streams (read comments) – Mrs Micah
- My Thanksgiving dinner scorecard – Len Penzo
Other interesting financial and money articles
- The retiree’s autopilot pension – The Economist
- Investing in Lloyds’ Enhanced Capital Notes – FT
- Reality catches up with Dubai – FT
- Why Anthony Bolton is investing in China… – FT
- …and why you should be wary – The Independent
- Gilt bubble will not pop, says advisers – The Independent
- First-time buyers face daunting task – The Telegraph
- Ten ways to beat the taxman before April – The Times
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