Lessons in perseverance, from YouTube

After a week of extreme weather, learn to plough on - with James Bond, Laurel & Hardy and Monty Python.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Now, we know public transport has been disrupted this week for very good reasons of safety (and the fact that our great nation has somehow struggled to find adequate salt supplies). But let's be honest, if we really want to get to the office we can. Don't believe us? Just watch this James Bond clip - you'll be out doing iced doughnuts in the executive Bentley in no time. And before you say, ‘yes, but that's a Bond film,' notice that our abnormally able spy isn't even the one doing the driving.

Laurel & Hardy are the kings of cracking on despite the blatant futility of their efforts. Okay, half the time they're their own worst enemies, but you have to admire their pluck. Here the basic task of cleaning a chimney is beset with unexpected peril, yet still they soldier on. If you can harness their ‘never say die' attitude, while steering clear of the pratfalls, you'll be a winner.

This week's weather may have provided the perfect metaphor for the economic hardship, with everything from share prices to staff morale falling like snow. But that mustn't be allowed to dampen your spirit. The chaps from Monty Python's Crimson Permanent Assurance show how a strong sense of unity can mean triumph in adversity, bringing down the big boys and scoring an enduring success. Just don't take it for granted...

In today's bulletin:
Company bankruptcies rocket as recession bites
BA losses soar - and more cuts loom
M&S tax victory takes the biscuit
MT's Week in 60 Seconds
Lessons in perseverance, from YouTube

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