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Charity work in the spotlight
Last week, a WSJ correspondent attended the launch of Endometriosis UK’s new portrait exhibition, Beyond the Invisible, in conjunction with Standard Life.
The investment giant is a supporter of the charity, in line with its plans to become the first endometriosis-friendly employer in the UK this June.
Research shows 87 per cent of women who suffer from endometriosis – a condition where tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it – feel the incurable condition has damaged their long-term financial wellbeing. A hole of around £8bn was also revealed in the UK economy each year from affected women having to take time away from the office to have invasive surgery. Standard Life and Endometriosis UK say over a third of advisers feel “very uncomfortable” discussing underlying health conditions, despite their importance in financial planning. With an average diagnosis time of 7.5 years in the UK, financial planning for sufferers is of vital importance.
In yet another unpredictable move, and perhaps the most embarrassing for the UK yet, word on the street is Theresa May’s revised last-ditch attempt at a Brexit deal was written in comic sans.
WSJ is sure no country is in a pitiful enough state to warrant a comic sans document, but there you have it. An accompanying spoof article with this piece of information unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, proves this as fake news.
Nonetheless, WSJ was amused. The article includes “comment” from MP Simon Williams stating: “It’s not what we’d hoped for, but then that’s Brexit.” The article also makes mention of a dot-to-dot on page 48 which on completion turns out to be “Boris Johnson thumping a German”. At this point in time, WSJ could believe anything…
Out of context
‘The old-fashioned grubby ones you’re slightly embarrassed about but for some reason haven’t got rid of yet’
The Lang Cat’s Mark Locke describes what sort of pants exit fees compare to
‘Spammy cold-callers’ paradise of a soulless network’
Money Hat Tip’s Nick Lincoln has a few not-so-nice things to say about LinkedIn
‘I was focused on trying to hide a copy of Razzle inside a copy of Caravan Monthly’
London Money founder Martin Stewart recalls being 16
Separated at birth
Quilter PCA financial planner Teresa Dunning
American actress/model Megan Fox
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