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Why banks aren’t lending

I had a few calls yesterday to talk about what’s going on between the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, and the banks. Oh yes, and Peter Mandelson was in there somewhere. It was all to do with their bigwig government meeting yesterday, where the government was giving banks a grilling about why they're not lending enough to…

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After Facebook … Deathbook

Ever wonder what would happen if you suddenly got hit by a massive truck?  I do … not all the time obviously but when I'm jogging, wearing my iPod, and enjoying Britain's fantastic summer weather 😉 Recently, I've begun to suspect that instead of roadkill, there's an increasing amount of iPodkill as a result.  These…

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Twitter rage against YouTube, Sony and the BPI

Nothing to do with banks, although it is related as licensing is a key part of banking, but Calvin Harris has just had a little Twitter rage incident. What?  Who? Well, bearing in mind how easy it is to send that email you wish you hadn't (email is so last century), Calvin has just had…

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A bit of ATM fun …

The BBC ran a report about ATM scams the other day.  In this case, it's the scam called "scandalous bank fees if you use an ATM overseas".  They do love those stories about how banks ripoff customers don't they? The gist of the report is that you are charged withdrawal fees, currency conversion fees and…

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A bit of ATM fun …

The BBC ran a report about ATM scams the other day.  In this case, it's the scam called "scandalous bank fees if you use an ATM overseas".  They do love those stories about how banks ripoff customers don't they? The gist of the report is that you are charged withdrawal fees, currency conversion fees and…

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A bit of ATM fun …

The BBC ran a report about ATM scams the other day.  In this case, it's the scam called "scandalous bank fees if you use an ATM overseas".  They do love those stories about how banks ripoff customers don't they? The gist of the report is that you are charged withdrawal fees, currency conversion fees and…

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A bit of ATM fun …

The BBC ran a report about ATM scams the other day.  In this case, it's the scam called "scandalous bank fees if you use an ATM overseas".  They do love those stories about how banks ripoff customers don't they? The gist of the report is that you are charged withdrawal fees, currency conversion fees and…

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Who would you most like to have to dinner?

Just spotted this and it's priceless.  From the Edinburgh Evening News: Students were hungry to dine with Jackson MICHAEL JACKSON has been chosen as the person students would most like to invite to an event. The King of Pop was chosen in Queen Margaret University's annual survey, which was carried out before his death. The…

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The paperless bank is not coming

After NatWest offered to pay my mortgage for a year if I switched to paperless banking, it came as a surprise to get my Barclaycard statement this morning, on paper, with this page: Conversation in the Barclaycard Marketing Office: Chief Marketing Officer: "Now then, how shall we use our spare pages in card statements to…

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The paperless bank is not coming

After NatWest offered to pay my mortgage for a year if I switched to paperless banking, it came as a surprise to get my Barclaycard statement this morning, on paper, with this page: Conversation in the Barclaycard Marketing Office: Chief Marketing Officer: "Now then, how shall we use our spare pages in card statements to…

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