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Ten wild predictions for 2013

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Next week, I’ll get back to being Mr. Boring Banking Blogger, and will focus upon the economic, financial and technological trends for 2013, as per my usual start to the year. For today, purely because it’s still the silly season (yes, 12 days of Christmas is still going strong here), …

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Sexist Barclaycard ad alienates customers

I've worked for American firms during my main working life, just as we saw the rise of political correctness (PC) and the PC-police. It got to the stage where you couldn't even say "I like your new hairstyle", without falling foul of the PC-police (I know, as one of my …

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Sexist Barclaycard ad alienates customers

I've worked for American firms during my main working life, just as we saw the rise of political correctness (PC) and the PC-police. It got to the stage where you couldn't even say "I like your new hairstyle", without falling foul of the PC-police (I know, as one of my …

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TFI Friday … the funniest bank ads

It’s Friday so it’s fun day. Just browsing around for a few amuse bouches, and found these adverts for various banks around the world. This is partly because of the post I made about Japan’s banking adverts, which inspired a few readers to send in their versions. This one is from …

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TFI Friday … the funniest bank ads

It’s Friday so it’s fun day. Just browsing around for a few amuse bouches, and found these adverts for various banks around the world. This is partly because of the post I made about Japan’s banking adverts, which inspired a few readers to send in their versions. This one is from …

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The last typewriter … what next?

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I just saw a note today that the Science Museum has acquired the very last typewriter produced by the Brother factory: “The factory’s 200 employees witnessed the final model of the Brother CM-1000 being packed into its box to a soundtrack of emotional sighs and cheers. This object is the 5,855,533rd …

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A hundred years of cash

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A hundred years ago, things were different but the same. We needed to eat, but what we ate was very much a national rather than international cuisine. We had to travel, but we would walk, bicycle of take the train. We enjoyed entertainment, with a visit to the cinema once …

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Has your customer sold their soul?

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Every time I click on something online, I get this funny thing about agreeing terms and conditions. The popup window appears and my brain shuts down.  I just hit ‘accept’, ‘agree’ and move on. I guess the reason is that I don’t care what the small print says, I just …

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Yes, Prime Minister: Boring Liars

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Every now and again I fall into the position of writing an episode of today’s issues set in a classic British sitcom.  Monty Python and Yes Minister are the two comedies that set much of my outlook on life and so, to celebrate the events in the City of the past week, …

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Anyone for cricket?

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I've worked around the City most of my adult life, but still get a surprise when you find something new there.  Yesterday was one of those days, when I discovered that there is a full size cricket pitch in the middle of the City. No, this is not photoshop.  It's …

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Is it just me, or is everything just …

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I’m having one of those days. It started off OK, and then it just went downhill. So I was going to blog about various market opportunities and ideas in banking and then thought: sod it, time for a whinge. The whinge is because I’ve suddenly turned from being a young …

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