Business Diary: Rover man experiences an identity crisis

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We have every sympathy for the former Rover employee quoted extensively in some media reports this weekend. The disgruntled ex-car worker is no doubt right to complain bitterly about the way his former bosses enriched themselves, as detailed in Friday's report into MG Rover. Still, one can't help wondering what Mr Morris Minor was doing working for Rover in the first place.



King's big chance to take his revenge

We're looking forward to tomorrow's meeting of the Treasury Select Committee, where MPs are due to grill Mervyn King and other members of the Monetary Policy Committee on the Bank of England's recent pronouncements. The hearing comes just days after David Blanchflower, a former MPC member, publicly savaged Mr King.



Aer Lingus makes most of eastern promise

Ryanair is renowned for its racy promotions, and now Irish rival Aer Lingus seems to be trying to follow suit. The company is promoting a new route to Vilnius – to men in particular. It points out that the Lithuanian capital is home to 848,000 women, 41 per cent of whom are single.



Colt's woes 20,000 leagues under

Don't mention the words "Colt Telecom" to some London businesses – unless you want to hear a few swearwords back. A number of firms that depend on the telecoms specialist for broadband and other services were left fuming last week after a Colt cable deep in the Atlantic Ocean was somehow severed. Normal service has now been resumed, we hear.



Pigeon takes the strain

One IT company in Durban, South Africa, was so fed up with the speed of the internet service supplied by its local telecoms operator that it hired a courier pigeon for an experiment. The pigeon took two hours to carry a 4Gb memory stick 60 miles up the road, with the pigeon's bosses managing to download just 4 per cent of the data using its internet connection.

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