gra-dult-hood n.

1. A stage in life between graduation and adulthood.
2. Gradulthood often involves jobs that don't fulfil a graduate's expectations.
3. A term coined during the recession.

5 Things I learnt this week.

A new Sunday feature for Gradulthood. Remarkably similar to one seen regularly on the Guardian, yet tellingly different in both its quality of writing and its content. Consider this to be the pilot episode.
When weather gets a nickname, you know it's bad.
#1 - Minus five degrees is too cold. Last year we had ‘The Big Freeze’, this year the BBC has gone with the slightly less threatening ‘The Big Chill’ but it was more than chilly last night. At this time of year I would expect to pop on a scarf before I left the house but this cold snap is brutal.
#2 - Trains are efficient but too expensive. This week saw the news that billions are to be spent on improving the nations rail service, we should see the rewards in about five years but will start paying for them immediately, starting with a 6% hike. My service from Stanstead to Nottingham was seamless but even with a rail card cost almost thirty pounds, will rising prices really encourage people to use public transport?
#3 - Premier League football is superb. A winter weekend without football almost isn’t worth it. How else are you supposed to fill two whole days? I ask myself this question every international break. This weekend was one of the best football weekends for a long time and included the first round of matches to see a goal from every team and Dimitar Berbatov becoming the first foreigner to score five goals in a Premier League match. And I won a cheeky £9 bet.
#4 - Truffles can be expensive. A casino mogul called Stanley Ho has literally put his money where his mouth is and bought two truffles for a combined price of $330,000. They do weigh over 2lb’s and the money is going to charity but still, how much is that costing per bite?
#5 - Ireland is going to be in debt longer than a gradult. The EU handed out an €85 million loan to the Irish economy, with €50 million to be put into public finances and used when necessary. It must be like student loan day times a million for Irish politicians but unfortunately the EU could ask them to do its laundry for the next ten years and they would pretty much have to.

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