Sunday, 28 February 2010
Friday, 26 February 2010
Now I see that the University of Tennessee is debating whether to award him an honorary degree.
Rather than allowing the self-satisfied Gore to sit around polishing more baubles, wouldn't it be a better idea to see how we get a few of them back?
Thursday, 25 February 2010
You'll recall that this venture is the brainchild of former UBS banker Tim Lacey, who prefers to refer to himself as "a former professional rugby player" with Gloucester.
Despite Lacey's constant spinning, that is not quite how they remember him in the West Country. As I've pointed out before, the local press reckon Lacey “warmed the bench on a few occasions during some Cheltenham & Gloucester Cup ties” and “tasted only a few minutes of action”.
Sadly, he cannot find room for this view in his press releases.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Thursday, 18 February 2010
The recession has been particularly severe on the media industry – and nowhere has it been felt harsher than at the The Guardian Media Group, publisher of the Guardian and the Observer.
In fact, the company is so hard up that it's now trying to charge staff for an investigative reporting master class run by, er, two of the group's own reporters.
“SPECIAL OFFER FOR GUARDIAN/OBSERVER/ONLINE JOURNALISTS,” screams the email to staff. “David Leigh and Nick Davies are running a masterclass in investigative reporting in London on Saturday week. Tickets for only £75. That's for the whole class, which is a full-on, all-day, intense deal; plus tea and coffee and good things to eat during breaks; plus handouts; plus the mighty party afterwards with a considerable amount of free alcohol. The normal price is £125, but there are some seats unsold so they're on offer at this insanely cheap rate.”
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Sepil's to sign a cheque for £967,005 after he discovered drilling results of Genel's joint venture partner, Heritage Oil, and then traded on the inside information.
The punishment beats the £750,000 handed out in 2006 to Philippe Jabre, a former managing director of hedge fund GLG Partners.
He's now plying his trade in Switzerland, but I wonder: might he be tempted back to London for another assault on the record?
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Not that they've been humbled too much, of course. Without a hint of irony, those plucky lawyers will be hosting their "annual forum for protecting reputation in sport" which will take place on March 24 at the Paramount, the struggling private members' club at the top of Centre Point.
"Correctly balancing the needs of the corporate sponsor, with those of the sporting team and the players and personalities involved, can provide a winning formula," the flannel for last year's event informs. "However, in reality the balance is hard to achieve - and even harder to maintain - in an increasingly celebrity obsessed society."
I believe there are still vacancies for the event. Hurry, hurry!
Monday, 15 February 2010
I hear that the shooter - wild eyed or alarmingly certain depending on yourpoint of view - was none other than former Evening Standard editor Veronica Wadley...
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Evidence that no one does has always been in plentiful supply, but it is definitely getting worse.
Just one example is this sentence from a column today called Browne's Shakespearean tragedy - which is business-supremo Dan Roberts's take on a book by former BP boss Lord Browne: "Companies, like all powerful institutions, seethe with far more nuanced internal politics."
Monday, 8 February 2010
But was I too quick off the blocks? I see that the Office of Fair Trading is now asking for interested parties' views on the Marsh deal. Might Clive have a couple more laps to run before trousering that big bonus?
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Friday, 5 February 2010
Oborne has been in Damascus filming for Channel 4 and, having finished the gig, boarded his plane back to London.
Or so he thought. In fact, I'm told that he landed in Turkey having somehow hopped on the wrong plane and has been struggling to secure a flight home since. D'oh!