DIN­NER PARTY IN­TEL...

The top­ics you have to be able to dis­cuss this week

Financial Mail - - BETWEEN THE CHAINS -

1. Purge of princes

The cam­paign of ar­rests of Saudi Ara­bian roy­als, min­is­ters and ty­coons by the coun­try’s new an­ti­cor­rup­tion com­mis­sion is widen­ing. The ar­rests, first re­ported by Saudi-owned news chan­nel Al Ara­biya, are the lat­est in a se­ries of steps by Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man to as­sert Saudi in­flu­ence on an in­ter­na­tional scale and en­trench his power in the king­dom. Saudi na­tion­als have long be­moaned the mis­use of pub­lic funds. Bil­lion­aire Prince Al­waleed bin Talal, an in­vestor in US com­pa­nies such as

Twit­ter and Cit­i­group, is said to be among the tar­gets. Ac­cord­ing to a

Saudi gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, 11 princes and 38 oth­ers are be­ing held in five-star ho­tels across the cap­i­tal, Riyadh.

“We have a lot of men­tal health prob­lems in our coun­try, as do other coun­tries, but this isn’t a guns sit­u­a­tion. I mean, we could go into it — it’s a lit­tle bit soon to go into it — but for­tu­nately some­body else had a gun that was shoot­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.” US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, on Texas shoot­ing

2. Iki­gai is the new hygge

It’s out with hygge, the Dan­ish term de­scrib­ing the con­cept of cosi­ness, and in with iki­gai. The word trans­lates roughly as “a rea­son for be­ing”, and it’s the new­est life­style buzzword. Based on an­cient Ja­panese phi­los­o­phy, iki­gai is of­ten associated with a Venn di­a­gram in which the fol­low­ing el­e­ments over­lap: what you love; what you’re good at; what the world needs; and what you can be paid for. What can be found at the in­ter­sec­tion of these four lists is your iki­gai. The term com­bines the Ja­panese words iki (life) and gai (value or worth).

3. The art of binge­ing

Net­flix CEO Reed Hast­ings re­cently told Sum­mit LA — a gath­er­ing of Sil­i­con Val­ley big­wigs and the en­tre­pre­neur­ial elite — that sleep is the stream­ing gi­ant’s com­pe­ti­tion. “And we’re win­ning!” he quipped. Binge watch­ing — the prac­tice of watch­ing mul­ti­ple episodes of a tele­vi­sion se­ries in rapid suc­ces­sion — has be­come al­most syn­ony­mous with Net­flix. In fact, the com­pany in a press re­lease pointed to a new kind of viewer: the binge racer. This is a viewer who strives to be the first to fin­ish a se­ries by speed­ing through an en­tire sea­son within 24 hours of its re­lease. Gil­more Girls: A Year in the Life, Stranger Things and Master of None are among the top 20 binge-raced shows.

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