Business Diary: Fraser comment is a no-brainer
Wednesday 06 October 2010
No doubt Stuart Fraser, abigwig in the City of London Corporation, felt he was among friends when speaking at a Conservative Party conference fringe meeting about the Cityyesterday. Still, it may not have been entirely wise to begin a defence of bankers' bonuses thus: "When God gave out brains, he didn't give them all out equally, and so we have to live in an unequal society."Naturally, his remarks are now doing the rounds of theblogosphere.
A whip-round for Kerviel?
Commiserations to Jérôme Kerviel on yesterday'sverdict. Still, France's rogue trader might console himself with the fact that this case has at least done wonders for the size of his social circle. Before the scandal, he boasted just 11 Facebook friends – today the total stands at 4,005. Now, if he can just get each one of them to cough up €100,000, that debt to Société Générale will be repaid in no time at all.
How to smokein Germany
Our thanks to BloombergBusinessweek magazine for thehelpful and entertaining guide to German social etiquette it has just published. It is full of useful tips for anyone travelling to Germany on business – best of all is the advice thatGermans consider it extremely bad form to light a cigarette from a candle. Apparently, a common German superstition suggests that doing so will kill a sailor. Smokers, you have been warned.
UKTI hunts down gong
Forget what you may have read about Britain'sdisappearance from the world's premier league of exporters. The work of UK Trade & Investment, the Government department responsible for promoting British trade, has been so impressive that it is has just been shortlisted for the Best Trade Promotion Agency for a Developed Country award at a bash in Mexico City (not a bad gig for any officials who want to attend). With only Australia and Hungary to beat, it seems that UKTI no longer has to worry about countries such as Germany and China.
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- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
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FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
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Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
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