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Editor’s Letter

This week in Tortoise: The good parts of 2020

Monday 28 December 2020

2020 has been a challenging year. A horrifying and saddening year. We recently dwelt on some of its worst aspects in the Tortoise Covid Inquiry.

But it has also been a year of happier moments – and that is what we are going to concentrate on this week. We don’t do so out of complacency or flippancy, but because it is important. Some of the most significant stories of the year have been about the heroic interventions, the challenges overcome and the lives saved.

So, in the Tortoise app and on our website, we will be publishing five articles across the next five days. There is one for each of our five big themes: New Things, Belonging, Our Planet, Wealth, The 100-Year Life. They are about the good that happened in 2020.

The first, today, is by Giles Whittell and concerns one of the most exciting frontiers of technological development: space travel, which, it turns out, has progressed by (giant) leaps and bounds over the past year. A few months ago, in our virtual newsroom, Giles wouldn’t stop going on about a Nasa craft that managed to make contact with an asteroid. Well, now you get to hear from him, too.

But this is also, of course, a time for looking forward: to 2021 and our January slate of ThinkIns. You can still book your tickets here.

Until then, I will leave you to the slow-burning days between Christmas and the New Year, which is where Tortoise’s staff currently are. We return to work next week. See you then.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder