A big crisis might help solve an even bigger one

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In March 2020, the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, tried his best to turn bad news into sounding more optimistic. “Let me start with the good news first”, He said in a video statement. “We all would be able to celebrate the Olympic games Tokyo 2020, even if it's only in 2021”.

It wasn’t the most elegant try, and unfortunately, it didn't work. The Olympic Games were postponed only twice before, both due to two world wars. Although Bach tried to sound cheerful, postponing the 2020 Tokyo…

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Life lesson from the late Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. 1921–2021. Photo: The Royal Family

When he turned 90, Prince Philip gave a lengthy interview to the BBC. Reflecting on his entry into the world of the British royals, and specifically, as being Royal Consort to the Queen, the Duke said:

“There was no precedent. If I asked somebody, ‘What do you expect me to do?’ They all looked blank. They had no idea.”

There was no ‘rule book’ for royal spouses, no guidelines or how-tos. Prince Philip, could, if he chose to, sit idly by, wave nicely, smile to the cameras, and unveil a few plaques.

“He had a choice between just tagging along…

It’s a big and noisy problem

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Anyone who’s been at a hospital knows it’s a loud place. A constant beeping sound coming from various machines, an underlying chatter, the occasional cough or cry, the buzzing hiss of fluorescent lights.

The guidelines made by WHO are very clear. A hospital’s noise level should be “as low as possible”. The suggested level is set at 30 dB LAeq, which is equivalent to a quiet rural area, one-sixteenth as loud as a vacuum cleaner. That’s very quiet. It never happens.

An English study conducted in 2008 found that the noise level in a…

Social media works differently, you need to know when to pull the plug

The tweet sparked outrage. Photo: Twitter

Yep, this is a real tweet. It was posted by the real Burger King UK account. It was up for hours. It ended badly.

The campaign was well-intended. On international women’s day, Burger King launched a scholarship program to help women “pursue their culinary dreams” and become chefs. In the UK, 20% of the chefs are women. In the US, 24% of the chefs and only 7% of the head chefs are women.

So the Burger King Foundation set up the H.E.R. (Helping Equalize Restaurants) Scholarship, offering…

Breaking down 5 lines that took the Royals almost 2 days to write

The interview that rocked the monarchy. Photo: CBS, Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese

It took about 41 hours since Meghan and Harry’s interview went live until Buckingham Palace finally commented. The couple laid a carefully-worded, brilliantly-structured, and well-planned list of charges against the royal family and the royal ‘institution’, and yet the palace was silent.

According to reports by the British media, following the explosive interview, a series of urgent crisis meetings were held at the palace. The Queen was there along with Prince Charles and Prince William. With them, the royal family’s top advisors. …

Israel has already rolled them out, and the European Union is poised to follow suit

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In recent weeks, Israel has started rolling out two types of digital certificates related to Covid-19 immunity. One is the “immunity certificate,” which is a confirmation that the holder received two vaccine doses and is thus immune. This confirmation will allow people to lead an almost regular, pre-Covid-19 way of life.

A person with an Israeli immunity certificate can eat in a restaurant, work out at the gym, or see a play in the theater. …

I hope I won't get deported for this

Meghan and Harry announcing their second pregnancy to the world. Photo: Misan Harriman

There are two sides to every coin, but only one has the Queen’s portrait on it. Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose the other side.

Megxit, the royal couple’s split from the rest of the royal family, turned Harry and Meghan into the villains in the eyes of many. They are not the most popular people in the UK right now. In case you’ve missed it, that was a very British understatement.

According to data analysis company YouGov, Harry is currently holding number 8 in ‘The Most Popular Royal’ poll although being 4th most famous. Meghan…

New data highlights the magnitude of the phenomena

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A few years ago, I was approached by a friend of a friend with an offer. He started selling a product on Amazon and was looking for ways to grow his business in the UK. The product was a placement plate for kids, it was divided into 4 compartments and stuck itself to the table with suction so that it couldn’t easily move once placed. The seller offered to give me a coupon code that meant I could buy the plate for £1 and in return asked that I’ll write a review…

Between the lines of his book, I sensed President Obama was sending a distress signal

“A Promised Land” by Barack Obama

I approached President Obama’s book “A Promised Land” full of anticipation. Being a politics-nerd with a deep sense of appreciation for gossip, I couldn’t wait to hear (I‘m also an audiobook guy) the President’s impression of foreign leaders and recent events. There were, literally, impressions — The President does a great German accent for Angela Merkel and a less convincing yet entertaining Benjamin Netanyahu. Unexpectedly, I was left with something completely different after finishing the book.

It shouldn't be surprising that being the president of…

France is the first country to vaccinate people who previously had Covid-19 with only one dose

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In many countries, the demand for Covid-19 vaccines greatly outweighs the supply. This has been especially apparent in Europe: Late purchasing, a slow rollout, and problems with distribution have caused the European vaccine campaign to undergo a very shaky start.

France has had an even more troubling vaccine rollout than some of its European neighbors. With a current ratio of 4.12 vaccines per 100 people, France is behind the EU’s average. It trails countries like Germany, Spain, and Italy, and it’s especially far behind its neighbor, the U.K.

The French rollout has been criticized by the media and has faced…

Elad Simchayoff

I love writing about what I love. Journalist. Always curious. Israeli born, London based. Father, Husband, and a dog person.

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