If you have any interest in what’s happening economically in the world, have a look at the Roubini Global Economics Monitor. A fabulous resource (even if the user interface is a bit gimmicky — and still in beta, so some links are still not functioning).
I think the thing I’ll miss most about Britain when I complete my move to Berkeley this summer is the humour applied even to very serious events.
Last year, I received hundreds of emails from Howard Dean, John Kerry et al encouraging me to support the Democratic campaign. I never saw anything like John O’Farrell’s plea to give to the Labour party campaign.
|£1 could pay for a carefully targeted mail shot to a Mr Michael Howard of Westminster.|
|£10 could pay for a pile of leaflets for you to leave by your front door (before finally posting one at your ward organiser’s house to make him think you’d delivered the lot).|
|£100 could pay towards a Labour poster and we’ll try not to put Michael Howard’s face near where you live.|
|£10,000 is frankly more than you are going to give, so I don’t know why we put this here.|
Apparently it raised £50,000, which may not sound a lot in the context of American political campaigns, but in Britain is an enormous amount.