Last January, I wrote about Blue Monday, which is a fixed Monday in January (usually the second or third after the holiday season) when everyone comes back to work, Christmas is a distant memory, and There are still many more weeks of winter.
But this year I thought I’d discuss the newly-created Fat Cat on Thursday instead. Of course, it is not news at all that CEOs of big corporations are rich beyond the dreams of greed. But this year, a think tank called High Pay Center gave the unchanging name on Thursday, January 4, because according to their calculations, it was the day when the CEOs of FTSE 100 companies would have earned the national average salary (28,758). . ), Assuming he started going back to work on the 2nd.
The average worker has only three days to earn what he will earn for the whole year. If it were me, I would call cash and sick for the rest of the year. But then I have always lacked ambition.
But while we’re not celebrating Blue Monday this year, there’s a very rare and grand, “Blue” event to record: the Super Blue Moon on January 31st.
This astronomical event is actually a combination of three different events: a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month); A super moon (full moon when it is closest to the earth); And a Blood Moon (a lunar eclipse during which the moon turns red). These three events have not happened together since 1866. The best thing? It won’t show up from the UK at all, so you don’t even need to mentally note to see your way home tonight.
Of course, there’s a new term from January, we’ll be glad we’re not here in the UK: jackpotting. When we use cash machines, so far we have become accustomed to “keeping our PIN numbers safe”, but with “jackpotting”, thieves have combined special hardware and software to “hack” machines. Have found a way to use, when no one is even using them, and taking back all the money they have. Forget those withdrawal 500 per day withdrawal limit! In a way it is a victimless crime, in which they are not stealing from a single person’s account.
Secondly, in a more precise way, every single customer of the bank falls victim to it, because that money has to come from somewhere.
Fortunately, this particular crime has not yet reached our shores. It started in Mexico and has recently crossed the border in the US, but here in the UK we can keep our PIN safe for a while.
And speaking of things we don’t have in the UK, the French supermarket chain Intermarche came into international notoriety in January, when it sparked riots in many of its stores by offering popular chocolate and hazelnut spread Nutella up to 70% off. I like Nutella myself, but I’m not going to riot over it. I like peanut butter anyway.