Getting fired because of a bad joke is certainly a painful experience on its own. But watching the joke as it makes its way to the front pages of major international newspapers, pushed by a global wave of public indignation, is definitely a lot worse. Especially when it's just a few days before Christmas.
This bank holiday weekend is your opportunity to join the international Slow Travel movement; the extra day will afford you the luxury of taking your time getting to your favourite holiday spot but there's more to Slow Travel than that. The term does not, in fact, necessarily indicate that you'll be longer arriving.
The talk this week has been all about transport, and not without reason. A hoard of Olympic athletes and their entourage flew into Heathrow on Monday morning heading for the London 2012 Athletes' Village; the first Games lane opened, coinciding, inevitably, with an accident on the M4, slowing Heathrow traffic to a standstill.
Today is National Sharing Day. Major players in this emerging sector and forward-thinking citizens across the UK are getting together to spread the word about the economic transformation we are part of. It's the official launch day of a new non-profit organisation called The People Who Share, supporting the growth of the sharing economy in Britain.
The concept of sharing has been transformed - from a throwback to childhood and simpler times, to a truly modern lifestyle choice. Collaborative consumption - the name given to the process of swapping, sharing and renting anything across the web; whether tools and skills or clothes and holidays - is booming business and what's more, the sector is mobilising.