Business Diary: The City lets its political feelings be known
Friday 07 May 2010
Labour billed yesterday as a "word of mouth" election, urging supporters to get friends and colleagues to back them. The City, meanwhile, went for its own word of mouth approach, with a chart of the FTSE 100 Index's performance since 1979 doing the rounds of the dealing rooms. Set against an almost inexorable up-trend, the chart had cheery pictures of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. The mugs of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown adorned slightly choppier times for equities.
Let your eyes meet over an Apple
Are you an Apple aficionado who has been unlucky in love? If so, Mashable, the techie gossip site, has good news for you. Apparently, some bright spark is about to launch Cupidtino, an online dating service just for boys and girls who love their Macs. "Diehard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, taste, and of course a love for technology," the beta version of the site explains.
Levitt asks for your sympathy for Goldman
Good to hear Arthur Levitt talking to the BBC World Service yesterday. The former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who now works as an adviser for Goldman Sachs, was keen to defend the investment bank. Employees apparently feel "scapegoated" by a US Congress that is taking "cheap shots, using vulgarity and trivialising a company which has performed so admirably throughout the years". Altogether now: aahhhhh.
What do the banks hope we won't notice?
A good day to bury bad news? Watch out for any nasties in today's interim management statements from HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland. Both will be hoping that any little unpleasant titbits they need to own up to might get lost in all the post-election news coverage.
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
- 3 Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
- 4 Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
- 5 Google search history can now be downloaded in its entirety, mass embarrassment expected
Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Katie Hopkins and The Sun editor David Dinsmore reported to police for incitement to racial hatred following migrant boat column
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Parma, Missouri: 80 per cent of town's police quit after first black mayor is elected
Australian student Tommy Connolly, 23, adopts his pregnant, homeless 17-year-old cousin to give her a chance at 'a better life'
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