Ten Stories From This Week

15th Novermber 2020

Nice piece from (friend of The Filter) Future Strategy ClubSurvival of the Fittest : The Post Covid Handbook. ‘There is no doubt that the Covid pandemic has brought a profound impact to the business world. Financially, the effect of the crisis has resulted in the prediction that a fifth of all small businesses will collapse in the UK. Although this is a bleak prophecy – as often happens in the aftermath of crises – a new period of creativity, inspiration and growth is to come. The Covid period has allowed firms to reflect on their business models and ensure they are fulfilling their founding purpose.

Quite something. This is the online Donald Trump Memorial Library. This may (or may not) be what you were expecting. 

From NYT – The evolving travel experience: virtual, actual and in between : Socially distanced craft classes, virtual tango lessons, a city tour accompanied by an avatar guide: how experience companies — which now include Amazon — are adapting to the pandemic.

The Dalai Lama has appealed to world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of ecological destruction affecting the lives of billions and ruining the planet, including his birth country, Tibet. The Buddha would have been green.

From MIT – ‘One in five covid-19 patients are diagnosed with a mental illness within three months.’ Anxiety disorders, insomnia, and dementia were the most common diagnoses.

The John Lewis Christmas ad stars children, snowmen and hip-hop pigeons. The Covid edition of their annual TV advert, focuses on kindness rather than gift-giving.

photo series of brutalist apartment complexes in former Soviet states, and their inhabitants. (click to scroll)

‘Turkmenistan’s President gives his favourite dog a golden treat.’ President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov proclaimed his love for the Central Asian shepherd, by memorialising it in a 19-foot-high statue. A puppy, held by a young child, also made an appearance as Mr. Berdymukhammedov, an autocrat who rules over one of the world’s most repressive governments, watched with evident pride.(46″) (NYT, reg may be necessary).

Wonderful. Viral video of a ballerina with Alzheimer’s shows the vital role of music in memory, Music’s primal power for those living with dementia has inspired thousands of YouTube views of a clip of a former dancer.

On November 11, 1918 WWI ended. This recording, made available by the Imperial War Museum is the moment when the guns of World War I fell silent. (HT@neilperkin)

Finally, here is the Rolling Stones’ first live performance of “Sympathy For The Devil” — with a dancing John Lennon. (Piece is 8’48”, JL cutting a rug at 4’54”)