Preparing for a trip to Japan is more intricate than simply laying out an itinerary. I wasn’t prepared for cultural differences between Japan and the US or other logistical complications. It is not the norm to eat or drink on the subway or while you walk. There aren’t many trash cans in Japan and the indoor smoking laws in Japan are more laid-back than those in the US. When I planned my first trip to Japan, I made sure my itinerary was filled with activities. I did exhaustive research on bars, restaurants, and landmarks I wanted to see, but unfortunately, there are a lot of things I didn’t think to look up. There are a lot of cultural norms and common decencies that are specific to Japan, plus there are also a ton of logistical differences that I wish I had known about in advance. Here are 13 things I wish I had known before visiting Japan. There isn’t as much free public Wi-Fi. Free Wi-Fi isn’t as readily available in Japan as it is in the US, … [Read more...] about 13 things I wish I knew before travelling from the US to Japan
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Invest in Yourself is a series designed to offer the education and insights you need to navigate the share trading landscape. Presented by Commsec, the series draws on market expertise to ensure you get the most out of trading. From video tutorials to how-to guides, CommSec’s array of trading ideas can help you trade with confidence. For more share trading basics watch “Tips for beginners” at www.commsec.com.au/investinyourself to find out more.. Trading shares can sometimes feel like visiting another country, especially when you’re just getting started. It’s so replete with its own terms and customs, it can seem a language to itself. This goes beyond the use of “equity”, “share” and “stock” to all manner of useful rules-of-thumb and jargon. Here are a range of words and phrases that everyone should understand when trading. 1) Price to earnings ratio The price to earnings ratio, often shortened to P/E or P/E ratio, is … [Read more...] about 10 market words and phrases anyone trading shares should understand
Photo: Societe Generale Weimar Germany after World War One went through one of the worst hyperinflations in history, unleashing untold horrors on the German people and their economy.Memories of Weimar still haunt the eurozone today. The European Central Bank, widely considered to be the only institution with the firepower to stem the euro crisis, is somewhat restrained by the legacy of the German Bundesbank. The Bundesbank – established in 1957 (well after Weimar) – for years before joining the euro was extremely conservative in expanding the money supply because of what happened during the Weimar years. And 90 years later, Germans are reminded of the perils of the printing press, whether or not the comparison is truly apt. Adam Fergusson authored a book on the subject, entitled When Money Dies – and many consider it to be the definitive work on the Weimar hyperinflation. It used to be out of print and a bit hard to find, but now you can find it in its … [Read more...] about WEIMAR: Here’s What We Know About The Hyperinflation Horror Story That Haunts Europe Today
Supported by Business Day By SRIDHAR PAPPUAPRIL 13, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Last March, DC Entertainment, the arm of Warner Bros. that controls the commercial rights to the comic book icons Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, among other superheroes, decided it was time to brag about its newest hire.Four months earlier, it had announced that it had lured away Brian Michael Bendis from rival Marvel, snagging the writer who for nearly two decades had helped reshape and create the characters that served as the basis for multimillion-dollar movie franchises along with animated series and four Netflix shows. It was a seismic industry move, not unlike when ABC’s chief hitmaker Shonda Rhimes suddenly moved to Netflix last year, roiling the TV world.Now, DC wanted to further ratchet up expectations.On advertising posters placed in popular comic book stores around the country and on full-page ads within its books, … [Read more...] about Can This Man Save Superman?
Last week, I went to a really good restaurant that has opened near me. It’s had great reviews and so I could rely on its reputation to ensure I’d be happy. I wasn’t especially hungry so I said: “I’d like a table for one. I’m not sure what I want, so let’s go for the tasting menu. If I’m still not hungry when it arrives, I’ll pass. “And if I do decide that I fancy it, great – I’ll try to pay for it within 90 days but obviously that will depend on budget and cash flow. Don’t email me to chase me for payment – I’m really busy, so I’ll ignore your emails. And whatever you do, don’t ring – I’ll divert you to voicemail and I won’t call you back.TimelineJanuary 6, 2010Journalist's blog about useless PRs. A PR disaster?April 6, 2008Quentin Letts: 'We're the last generation to make a living from newspapers' “You’ll be paid in due course if and when I feel like it … [Read more...] about How payment on publication is making life a misery for many freelance journalistsPress Gazette Daily: Sign up to receive our essential email briefing