The richest 2% of the world’s population owns more than 50% of the household wealth.  The poorer half of the world’s population owns barely 1% of the wealth.  So says a report from the World Institute of Development Economics Research at the UN University.  That’s one of those dreadful measurements – but what does one do with it or about it?

Meanwhile, I cruised across Fife today pondering the meaning of life as one does and listened to Radio 4 conjuring up new words – one which suited me was to ‘birtle’ – meaning to make something worse while trying to make it better.  Yes indeed.


  1. The opposite outcome to birtling is achieved by aherning; which is producing positive results without having a clue what one is doing.

  2. Even the most experienced among us may fall into birtling at any time – it seems to be an occupational, perhaps even more generally human hazard!

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