My best friend’s wedding

Dear Economist, I’m planning to take a sabbatical to travel around the world with my partner for eight months. But we have a dilemma: should we cut our trip short after four months and return to England for a best friend’s wedding? It would mean that we would miss out...

When Fantasy becomes Reality – a book review

SYNTHETIC WORLDS: The Business and Culture of Online Games by Edward Castronova University of Chicago Press $29, 344 pages Review: Financial Times, 14 January 2006 “This book claims to take a serious look at online computer games. You are actually reading it,” begins...

The prices are wrong

Dear Economist, I am a pensioner and I am wondering if you can explain why my personal recent experience of inflation is so different from the official statistics. Retail price inflation is 2.5 per cent up on last year, but my domestic heating oil bills have doubled,...

Surviving the sales

The Undercover Economist – FT Magazine, 7 January 2006If you’re reading this, you’ve survived the New Year sales, an organised riot arranged annually for fun and profit. In the US, there is a similar tradition of giveaways the Friday after Thanksgiving, and...

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