Business Diary: 29/04/2010
Thursday 29 April 2010
The winners the bookie wouldn't let you back
Paddy Power is the bookmaker best known for offering odds on almost anything you want to bet on.
Strange then, that it doesn't appear to have been running a book on the outcome of Tuesday night's Betfair awards for the betting industry. Perhaps it had an inkling that the list of 13 winners in every sort of category you can imagine would not feature its own name even once.
Greece is a gift to the world's headline writers
Answers on a postcard please. Headlines we spotted yesterday – none of them from The Independent, we might add – on the economic basket case of the Mediterranean included: "Greek tragedy", "Beware of Greeks bearing gilts", "The four horsemen of the Acropolis", "Greece comes Acropolis" and, our favourite of all, "Making a drachma out of a crisis". Have you got an even better (we use the word advisedly) pun to offer?
Fighting to get their message across
Good marketing is all about conveying a sense of the values that drive your organisation. To that end, what are the folk at Mondo Visione hoping to achieve with their invitation to a conference featuring 200 delegates from the stock exchange industry? It arrives with a miniature pair of boxing gloves. Because a big punch-up is exactly what you want from a day out in the City.
More than just the green shoots of recovery
Forget Greece, forget the Goldman Sachs scandal and even forget tonight's leaders' debate on the economy. The big business story of the day comes courtesy of the Asparagus Growers' Association, ahead of the official beginning of British asparagus season on Monday. "We're predicting that 2010 could be our best year yet with overall UK consumption of asparagus topping almost 8,000 tonnes, a new British record," they tell us.
- 1 Porn block in India: hundreds of sexual websites banned, internet outraged
- 2 Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law after she publishes stories on leader Najib Razak's financial affairs
- 3 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
- 4 Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years
- 5 Barack Obama turns 54: US President's best put downs to celebrate his birthday
Jackie Chan climbs to second place in Forbes' Highest Paid Actors list after magazine includes actors working outside US movie industry
Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Gordon Brown’s sister-in-law after she publishes stories on leader Najib Razak's financial affairs
Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale divorce: One of music industry’s most enduring couples announce split after 12 years of marriage
Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks traffic on Dublin road
Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Labour leadership race: Jeremy Corbyn could be the next Prime Minister, says Ken Clarke
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