CITY DIARY

Nick Leeson, the former Barings derivatives dealer, may soon have a record of a different kind. Mr Leeson is reported to have started a singing career from his Frankfurt cell.

Reports from Germany claim that the financial speculator sang Frank Sinatra's anthem My Way direct onto tape down the phone line for a British punk rock band to use on one of their tracks.

The only flaw in this scenario is that Mr Leeson was apparently singing it to his children - of which he has none. Mr Leeson's lawyer's opinion is that his client was approached but refused the band's offer. Sub-titled 'Don't call us we'll call you', the album is called Selling England for a Pound.

Two ex-directors of bookshop chain Waterstone's are dancing with delight after a High Court judge decided this week that there should be no delay in reviewing the agreement that fixes book prices.

That's because Julian Toland, a founder member of Waterstone's, and Hazel Broadfoot, who has managed some of the chain's flagship stores, plan to set up in business themselves.

The two have ploughed pounds 70,000 into a venture to open a new chain of bookshops, and are searching for additional backers through Venture Capital Report.

They claim their business plan will succeed because it turns on giving book-buyers expert product knowledge - the very thing, they say, that WH Smith watered down when it bought Waterstone's in 1989. Once the concept has been tested, they hope to expand to 10 shops, with a projected net profit of pounds 1.5m.

Cars driven by Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles may have proved a hit with five-year-olds, but toy-maker Corgi is now driving in a different direction. Managing director Chris Guest and his team have just completed the MBO of Corgi from Mattel for pounds 13.2m with the help of the appropriately named Brent Wheeler of venture-capital company CINVen.

Corgi is best known for its 1963 James Bond Aston Martin. Mr Guest says the company now aims to capitalise on the boom in the older generation getting back to its roots and buying classic "die-cast collectables" again. The market is worth around pounds 50m a year in the UK alone.

The London reinsurance and insurance market is no stranger to difficult times. So it seems likely that Nick Lowe, the newly appointed public-affairs manager for the London Insurance and Reinsurance Market Association, will feel right at home.

Mr Lowe spent six years with the Conservative flagship Westminster City Council - best known for the council-homes-for-votes scandal - where he worked as a policy analyst and manager of the council's international relations programme.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Extras
The Tesco Hudl2: An exceptional Android tablet that's powerful, well-built and outstanding value
indybest

Life and Style
food + drinkAuthor DBC Pierre presents his guide to the morning after
Sport
Two christmas trees ,Moonbeam (2L), Moonchester (2R) and Santa Claus outside the Etihad Stadium
footballAll the action from today's games
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Life and Style
food + drink
News
i100
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Carlton Senior Appointments: Private Banking Manager - Intl Bank - Los Angeles

$200 - $350 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: Managing Producer – Office...

Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advisor – Ind Advisory Firm

$125 - $225 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advi...

Sheridan Maine: Commercial Finance Manager

Up to £70,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...

Sheridan Maine: Regulatory Reporting Accountant

Up to £65,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas