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Euphemisms for fundraising

For some reason, people in nonprofits often dislike to say that their job is raising money. So they use loads of euphemisms for it, many of which seem to me really weird. I’m collecting examples. Please send others! “Development“. This … Continue reading

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A reminder about how Twitter works

If you write a tweet which starts with @, it won’t be seen by many people. For instance, if your tweet starts with @carolinefiennes, it will only be seen by people who follow both me and you. That may not … Continue reading

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Somebody else is engaged to Matt Ridley!

Polyvore is reporting the engagement of ‘Hon. Caroline Fiennes and Hon. Matthew White Ridley’. Congratulations to them! However, please know that that is not me. In fact, we’ve no idea who it is: I know of three Caroline Fiennes’es, none of … Continue reading

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The variable value of £50

I have been looking through the catalogue for spending airmile-type points from the airline Etihad. Alongside the various objects and experiences are vouchers at various retailers. Strikingly, the price (in points) of a £50 voucher varies between retailers – pretty substantially. Money … Continue reading

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Family news

A member of our family, James Fiennes, was recently fatally stabbed in London. Obviously this is truly dreadful news. James’ wife is called Caroline – that is, Caroline Fiennes. However she is not me: she does not work with charities or … Continue reading

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The trouble with Nobel Prizes

… is that they don’t go where you’d think they should go. Badly-organised prizes are characterised by rewarding people who nobody thinks should be rewarded. A good example is elections which are obviously rigged: nobody believes that the ‘winner’ should … Continue reading

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MPs should donate their payrise if they really don’t want it

UK MPs are to have a payrise of £8000 which many say they don’t want. They may be unable to avoid it because their salaries are set by an independent body. So they should give it away. Giving Evidence’s Caroline Fiennes … Continue reading

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Why Nobody Gains from Valentine’s Day

All people in the universe are either in a relationship or not, and all people in the universe are either happy about that or not. Whichever category you’re in, Valentine’s Day is useless – with one microscopic and surprising exception. … Continue reading

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Leveson

Here’s the link to the petition about the Leveson enquiry which Madeline McCann’s father’s asked you to sign: http://hackinginquiry.org/petition/ And here’s the bespoke letter I just sent to my MP about it, and libel reform (MPs are said to take more … Continue reading

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