This week’s Friday Footnotes feature has ended up with a theme of inspirational women running through it. I hope you enjoy!

What I’ve Been Watching

As you can probably tell if you regularly read Friday Footnotes, I don’t watch a lot of mainstream TV; however, one series I have started to watch that I will definitely return to is Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston’s Casebook. In particular, I was watching episode 4 where she uncovers the extraordinary cases that are revealing new discoveries about the human body, including a girl with two hearts, a man who can sing two notes at once and the most bendy person in Britain. The person that spiked my interest the most was Dean Karnazes, the man that ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days plus other incredible running feats.

Podcast I’ve Been Listening To

I am not sure if I am late to the party, but the quality of podcasts seems to have jumped up a notch lately and there are so many brilliant ones to choose from.

Recently I started listening to the Her Spirit Podcast and not only have I been really enjoying it, but so has Caryl. Hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter, Louise Minchin, and BBC Triathlon presenter, Annie Emmerson, its aim is to inspire women everywhere to live a healthier, happier life. I’m not exactly the intended audience but I can highly recommend it. I particularly enjoyed the episode with adventurer, speaker and mischief maker, Anna McNuff, and Caryl’s favourites were the episodes with Iron Gran and Dame Kelly Holmes.

TED Talk I’ve Found Interesting

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups?

Cognitive neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behaviour is caused by the growing and developing brain in her TED talk ‘The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain’. If you have teenagers, or children that will become teenagers, I recommend checking this TED talk out.

Quote of the Week

“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

– Estée Lauder

Finance Theme I’ve Been Considering

Caryl and I have our life and critical illness cover with the insurer, Vitality, who offer unique product whereby the more you exercise, the cheaper the policy becomes. With increased exercise, additional perks also become available to you including discounted products like Apple or Garmin Watches, discounts off gym memberships, free coffee once a week at Starbucks and even free cinema tickets.

Since no one could utilise the cinema tickets in lockdown, Vitality introduced a weekly Rakuten voucher. I’d never heard of this service before, but it is essentially another movie streaming service.

As a result of our fitness regimes we get a voucher each week to watch one of the latest film releases, many of which would be £10+ on Amazon even as a Prime member. Who’d have thought insuring your life and health could prove to be so much fun?

If you’d like us to review your current cover to see if something like this might be a good move for you, we’d be more than happy to. It isn’t suitable for everyone, but it probably is the most fun you can have buying life insurance.

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