Five Lessons Learnt This Week

In this week’s Five Lessons Learnt: why everyone is buying euros, what a true friend looks like, what not to take to Wimbledon and exactly how much paper you’d need to print the entire contents of the Internet…

1. Don’t take your selfie stick to Wimbledon

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.08.54Plans for this year’s tennis tournament are already underway… starting with a few rules on what photography equipment you’re allowed to take, and a blow to fans of the “selfie stick”.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced this week that no selfie sticks will be allowed into Wimbledon, partially because of the nuisance factor, but mainly to prevent them from interfering with spectators’ enjoyment.

So if you were hoping to capture the perfect self-portrait at Wimbledon, you might have to think again…

From Wimbledon to Glastonbury, we’ve rounded up all the events you won’t want to miss this summer. Read Best Events of Summer 2015 and get them in your diary!

2. What true friendship looks like

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.12.10Two high school students from China hit the headlines this week after it was revealed that 18-year-old Xie Xu has carried his friend friend Zhang Chi from their dorms to school every day for the past three years.

Chi suffers from muscular dystrophy, a genetic condition that causes the muscles to weaken and causes lifelong disability. But thanks to his friendship with Xu (who also carries him from class to class and helps him do his laundry) he’s never missed a single class and both of the friends are top students.

Now that’s what we call a bromance.

3. Don’t bulldoze a pub

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.21.28…or you might find yourself ordered to rebuild it, brick-by-brick. Regulars at the Carlton Tavern, London, didn’t take too kindly to their much-loved local pub being demolished to make way for posh flats. And unfortunately the owners, who are based in Tel Aviv, failed to seek permission before ordering in bulldozers to reduce the pub to rubble.

So council chiefs will be issuing an enforcement notice to the builders requiring that they ‘recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition’. In other words, that they put it back together. It’s thought to be the first ever order of its kind, and is being cheered on by Londoners fed up of seeing historic buildings demolished to make way for blocks of flats.

Keep your local in business by trying out some new beers this weekend – here are the Top 10 New Beers You Need to Try. Prefer a nice glass of vino to a pint? No problem – you need the LFX Guide to: Wine

4. How much paper you’d need to print out the Internet

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.34.48Have you ever wondered how many pieces of paper you’d need to print out the entire contents of the Internet – and how many trees you’d kill in the process? No? Well, academics at the University of Leicester have worked out the answer for us, anyway.

The average Wikipedia page would take up 15 A4 pages, and there are 4.54 billion visible pages on the Internet, most of which are about the same length as a Wikipedia page. That means it would take around 68,100,002,500 pages to print it all, which would require 8,011,705 trees to be cut down.

An average home printer will churn out 40 pages a minute, so printing out all of those pages would take 28,375,001 hours or 3,230 years. And don’t even want to think about how many ink cartridges you’d need.

Or you could just view the Internet via the tech it was designed for – check out the Best Tech and Apps for Traders in 2015 and save the trees. 

5. Why everyone’s stocking up on Euros

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 15.02.21Holidaymakers are cashing in on the favourable euro to sterling exchange rate by topping up prepaid currency cards ready to use later in the summer. Operators of the prepaid travel cards have said there’s been a 91% increase in the use of the cards since last year, partially caused by customers loading up on euros while the currency remains weak – even if they’ve got months to go until they jet off.

The weak euro has also boosted tourism to European cities including Paris, Milan, Rome, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Athens as travellers take the opportunity to get the most for their money!

Where are you jetting off to this summer? If you still haven’t planned, check out the Top Travel Spots for Traders in 2015 now. 

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