Month: June 2012

Not always king, Mervyn

This is Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, on the subject of UK banks: “It is time to do something about the banking system”, the governor said. “Many people in the banking industry are hard-working and feel badly…

Two questions for the banking fraternity today

As per reports this morning, it looks like other banks – alongside Barclays – may have been involved in the alleged interbank interest rate-fixing scam.  Two questions, then, for the banking fraternity this morning.  First, prompted by a friend’s observation…

Fabregas and the ball #euro2012

This is me, a couple of days ago: The final stage leads to death – or, in football, to that late goal which is bound to come after so many waves of debilitating attacks: And (the bold is today’s): And…

Cameron the adman – and the hardest sell of all

David Cameron is – above all – an adman.  And to understand his approach to politics, you need understand nothing more than the hard sell.  Wiktionary defines it thus: Noun hard sell (plural hard sells) A sales technique of pressuring the potential buyer to agree to a purchase. A…

Tiki-taka – the footballer as bullfighter

I’ve been thinking about this for a while.  Those who criticise the characteristically Spanish style of passing football will accept that: Tiki-taka is associated with flair, creativity, and touch,[16] […] but will also argue that: [it] can also be taken…

Migration and me: a personal story

I only applied to one university in 1980.  I only applied for one course of study.  I couldn’t see myself lasting out any other of the offerings at the time.  I made a mistake filling out my application form and…