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This week in Tortoise: Our year in stories

This week in Tortoise: Our year in stories

Sometimes, there’s something better than slowing down. It’s stopping altogether. Over the next couple of weeks, Team Tortoise will be taking a break. No ThinkIns. No Sensemaker emails. 

It’s been a long, fascinating and, for us at Tortoise, amazing year. And we end it looking forward to a break and excited about what’s to come in 2022. We’ll be back on Tuesday 4 January. 

We are, though, leaving some goodies out for you over the next fortnight:

  • Rather than heralding a person of the year, we’re trying to understand the people who’ve been driving the news in 2021. The Sensemaker Daily podcast will be counting down our list of ten people who have, in ways we didn’t expect, defined the year. We start today with Rishi Sunak, the UK chancellor.
  • There’ll be a sizzle reel of the best ThinkIns of 2021 as well as the Slow Views that the rest of the world is only now catching up with – from Simon Barnes on mowing lawns to David Baddiel on antisemitism and plenty more.
  • And one more Slow Newscast left for you this year, released today in the Tortoise app and on our website. Basia Cummings, Ceri Thomas and I try to get to grips with the lessons we’ve learned in story-telling and investigative journalism in 2021. Much has changed.

When you get the chance, do take a look at January’s ThinkIn schedule. We’ll be discussing Labour’s leadership, the future of hybrid working, and the very different prospects of Trump’s return and of Queen Camilla, as well as continuing our ongoing conversation about toxic institutional culture in the police

Do book your places now – and if you’d like to share the experience of being part of Tortoise with your friends and family, please do fill stockings with Tortoise gift memberships. We have both digital and newsroom Tortoise membership gift cards available. We’d love to see new faces, as well as familiar friends, in our newsroom, both virtually and, vaccines and variants permitting, in-person in 2022.

Before then, all of us at Tortoise want to thank you for all your interest and support in what we’ve done this past year and wish you a very happy, restful holiday. We hope you get a good break from it all. 


James Harding
Editor & co-founder