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Harry Potter and the Prince of Darkness

As most of you know, J.K. Rowling is a British institution and so I sent her this idea for her next book: Harry Potter and his best mates Ron Weasley and Hermoine Granger had managed to live amongst the muggles for many moons without detection. They now realised they had …

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What sort of advert is that?

Barclays Commercial

Walking around the City, one of our bright London cabs drove by and it made me wonder: Is that a commercial for Barclays or a Barclays commercial? Either way, we're not as thick as Barclays think or they wouldn't have to spell it out for us would they?

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What sort of advert is that?

Barclays Commercial

Walking around the City, one of our bright London cabs drove by and it made me wonder: Is that a commercial for Barclays or a Barclays commercial? Either way, we're not as thick as Barclays think or they wouldn't have to spell it out for us would they?

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This crisis is nothing new

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We talk about how the financial market gloom is so bad, and our politicians have now all caught the swine flu too … but it's nothing new. Life has always overwhelmed us with its speed of change and the turbulence such change causes. Take this summary from one of my …

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And what not to wear for a bank robbery

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A great story in today's Metro about a man who robbed a store in America wearing a beer box on his head: They go on to cite other amusing robberies, such as the chap who thought he could disguise himself as a tree: and the wazzock who thought that wrapping …

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And what not to wear for a bank robbery

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A great story in today's Metro about a man who robbed a store in America wearing a beer box on his head: They go on to cite other amusing robberies, such as the chap who thought he could disguise himself as a tree: and the wazzock who thought that wrapping …

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And what not to wear for a bank robbery

Beerhead_450x250

A great story in today's Metro about a man who robbed a store in America wearing a beer box on his head: They go on to cite other amusing robberies, such as the chap who thought he could disguise himself as a tree: and the wazzock who thought that wrapping …

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Ten Questions and Ten Statements

McKinsey posted a great little conversation starter this week entitled: What next? Ten questions for CFOs and subtitled: "As companies shift their attention from fighting the crisis to getting the most from the recovery, CFOs must keep them focused." It's nice to see that McKinsey are calling this a recovery …

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Weird banking news …

US TV Channel CNBC is known for its serious financial reporting, but what the hell is CNBC's Jeff Macke smoking in this clip:  Rumours are that he had ended his contract period with the news channel and this was his swan-song. It is now! Meanwhile, over on ABC News, bankers …

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The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

BBC Radio 4 aired a fantastic 45 minute spoof play about the global derivatives market last week, with Stephanie Flanders starring.  Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer has only got a day to run if you want to hear it, but the play was originally published as a short story in the …

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This firm is full of it …

I hear all sorts of rumblings about Merrill Lynch's unhappiness with Bank of America. In particular, they don't like the fact that BoA has this culture of centralisation, as ML have always been decentralised teams who act dynamically and independently. Maybe that's the reason they are no longer independent … …

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Who needs traders … get a rat

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Rat traders is a new service which describes itself as follows: “Our program is a professional service to the financial industry; rats are being trained to become superior traders in the financial markets. Using our own methodology in accordance with well-established animal training techniques, our subjects learn to recognize pattens …

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