Credit crisis diary: 12/01/2009
Monday 12 January 2009
An old friend with advice for Oona
Oona King likes a challenge, and her new role as director of diversity at Channel 4 is likely to provide one for the former Labour MP. This, after all, is the home of Celebrity Big Brother – remember the Jade Goody/Shilpa Shetty race row – and this year's show has already coped with controversy over the censorship of a supposedly sectarian song. Still, if in doubt, Oona, below, can always ask her nemesis, George Galloway, for some advice. After taking her House of Commons seat in 2005, Mr Galloway went on to star in Celebrity BB itself.
Time to brush up on your beauty skills
There is one option for City professionals, estate agents and anyone else who has lost their job – especially if they have a background in sales. The door-to-door cosmetics specialist Avon is calling once again. It will launch a new advertising campaign this week and is seeking recruits across the country. Internationally, Avon is now selling $10bn (£6.6bn) of goods a year – more than you can say for sick retailers and stricken banks.
Holding the key to better car security
Some sensible advice from the RAC, which is really concerned about a sudden spike in car thefts linked to the cold weather. People are apparently turning on their engines on the drive to warm up their cars and leaving the vehicles unattended. "Make sure the ignition key is removed if you or any passengers are not in the vehicle," says the motoring organisation. Wise words – what a pity Princess Beatrice, whose BMW was pinched last week, failed to heed the RAC's advice. She and her bodyguard lost the motor after leaving it unattended with the keys in the ignition in Mayfair.
Making money in good markets and bad
Canny folks those PR executives. Presumably worried about the number of clients, potential or otherwise, disappearing into the black hole of this recession, Financial Dynamics has launched what it bills as "Europe's first restructuring and recapitalisation communications practice". In other words, for a fat fee, FD will spin your company's radical downsizing or desperate cash call into a good news story.
All at sea in the world of commercial property
One would imagine commercial property is not the best industry to be in right now. Mike Slade, chief executive of Helical Bar, clearly thinks so too. For the next fortnight or so, he is swapping the choppy waters of the property downturn for the storms of the South Atlantic, captaining the Icap Leopard super-yacht in a race from Cape Town to Bahia, in northern Brazil. Anything's easier than letting a retail outlet these days.
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
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- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
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Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas
Rotten-egg smell of farts could help battle heart disease and Alzheimer's
Online trolls target alleged rape victim Jada, by copying how she appeared in video of attack
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
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