Business Diary: An early start at Champneys
Friday 14 October 2011
An invitation arrives that at first sight sounds difficult to turn down. Health spa operator Champneys is launching a "Corporate Wellbeing" programme aimed at executives and wants us to try it out. A 24-hour stay at its spa in Hertfordshire sounds just the sort of tonic we need right now, and who wouldn't want to attend seminars with titles such as Hunter Gatherers in the Corporate Jungle? Just one hitch: the bash requires us to attend a 6am "Dawn-breaker exercise class". What a pity our calendar is full that day.
The Shard, a monument to London
Renzo Piano, the architect behind the Shard tower in the City, says Londoners love the building. Le Journal du Dimanche, the French paper, asks Piano whether the tower is just "the arrogant symbol of the money-king that dominates London". Piano replies: "This project symbolises the energy of London, not the world of finance... there are, as always, the bigots and the moralisers who attack me."
King bids Trichet farewell
To the Association of Financial Markets in Europe's annual dinner, which managed to attract not one central banker but two, with both Sir Mervyn King and Jean-Claude Trichet in attendance. The Governor of the Bank of England gave a moving tribute to the departing President of the European Central Bank (he steps down at the end of the month), revealing the pair had first met at Cambridge University 40 years ago. Central banking is a small world.
Tilt could stand up no longer
The Financial Times has been a flag bearer for putting paywalls around journalism. But having seen the strategy pay off, did the pink 'un get a little ambitious with Tilt, its emerging-market news site? Readers have balked at the idea of paying £1,000 a year for access and the site shut yesterday after nine months. The final entry read: "With thanks from the FT Tilt Team: The End."
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
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French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'
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