Business Diary: 31/10/2009
Saturday 31 October 2009
Fred the Shred still making headlines
Bless. Sir Fred Goodwin formally stepped down as boss of Royal Bank of Scotland at the end of January, but he's still managed to attract more press coverage than any other FTSE 100 chief executive this year according to research by Sweet & Maxwell. Gone, but not forgotten.
The train takes the strain for Stobart
Haulage business Stobart is proud of a new rail service it is operating to bring fruit and vegetables from Valencia to the UK which, it points out, creates much less pollution than importing the goods by road. Not as carbon-free as simply sourcing local produce instead, of course, but still.
Mixed fortunes for the 'Apprentice' exes
Ping. An email arrives from former Apprentice contestant Syed Ahmed, with news of the Vortex, a device he claims will "revolutionise the hand-drying industry". Better tidings than from contestant Tre Azam, who this week dropped his appeal against a conviction for benefit fraud.
Thirteen years old and on the scrapheap
Poor old Kane Middleton. On the one hand, he has broken a record by becoming the youngest ever worker to be made redundant. But, sadly for the 13-year-old paperboy from Bedford, he has been offered a pay-off of "nought pounds" by Letterbox Direct, which is dispensing with his newspaper delivery services.
John Lewis cashes in on recession fun
There's been much talk of what cash-strapped couples have been getting up to at home during the recession (clue, it costs nothing). Now John Lewis says its sales recovery is being lead by people buying beds. Is that down to more people moving house again, or just the inevitable consequence of all those evenings spent at home?
Number of the day: £57m
The profit made by Sony Music in the third quarter, delivered almost entirely by sales of Michael Jackson songs
- 1 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 4 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 5 HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK
Sabina Altynbekova, the girl branded 'too good looking' for volleyball, says social media obsession with her is a 'bit much'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
HSBC closes bank accounts belonging to Muslim clients in the UK
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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