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.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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