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Weekend read: Imagining the post-antibiotics future

So much my 2013 has been taken up by antibiotic resistance that it seems only appropriate for the final Weekend Read of the year to be on that topic. And it’s a particularly good example, too!

The wonderful Maryn McKenna has written this brilliant long-form article on Medium which personalises the concept at the same time as giving plenty of scientific background. It’s well worth a read this weekend!

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Merry Christmas!

I hope all my readers are enjoying a happy and peaceful Christmas Day!

As it’s Christmas, there is – of course – no book review this week; the next will be published in a fortnight’s time, Wednesday 8th January 2014.

Merry Christmas!


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Weekend read: Why I’m hiring graduates with thirds this year

My recommended read this weekend is a great example of a short yet reasonably convincing counter-intuitive argument, courtesy of Rory Sutherland in The Spectator. In just eleven paragraphs, the vice-chairman of Ogilvy Group UK describes why he is choosing to hire graduates with third-class degrees, and rejecting the academic high-achievers.

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2D: English’s quirks

The English language has very many strange quirks – some derived from the influence the languages of many different invaders over many millennia, others derived from rather more recent influences. I’ve chosen two articles to illustrate this.

The first is this article from BBC News which discusses the origins of one of my least favourite hackneyed metaphors: that of “battling” cancer. Their short but interesting discussion tracks this back to Richard Nixon’s “war on cancer”, but the fact that the BBC is discussing this use of language at all is almost more interesting than what they have to say.

The second article on language is almost a decade old, but only came to my attention very recently. It was written by Jack Winter for The New Yorker, and is called “How I Met My Wife“. To avoid spoiling the linguistic surprise, I’ll say no more than that!

2D posts appear on alternate Wednesdays – except the Wednesday in two weeks, which I’m skipping because it’s New Year’s Day. For 2D, I pick two interesting articles that look at an issue from two different – though not necessarily opposing – perspectives. I hope you enjoy them!

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