Credit Crisis Diary: 18/04/2009
Saturday 18 April 2009
Fancy supping with the devil?
Mike Morgan, the founder of the goldmansachs666.com website dedicated to, how shall we put it, critiquing the investment bank, is advertising for a director to run the concern. "I need to devote my time to starting the next project – JPMorgan666.com," Morgan explains. Applicants for the post will need to have a relaxed attitude towards job security – Goldman Sachs is currently taking legal advice on how to close the site down.
The LabourList man with a famous name
Who is Matt Trott, the registered owner of the LabourList.org website that is run – for the time being, at least – by Derek Draper? Trott says he simply registered the domain name on behalf of Draper, right, the recipient of those unpleasant emails from Gordon Brown's former spin-doctor Damian McBride, and is not a contributor to the site. Still, at least he has an appropriate name for the owner of a left-of-centre internet concern.
Impress clients with some home cooking
The recession is just another business opportunity. Take Venturi's Table, the self-styled "corporate cookery centre". Its sales are up 73 per cent over the past year, with businesses apparently paying for their staff to learn how to make lunch for clients. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, the old business maxim goes – now we'll find out whether bosses are up to the test.
Movie fans who want something for nothing
Everyone likes the little guy, but you can see why the global entertainment industry has it in for The Pirate Bay, the file-sharing internet group who got clobbered in the Swedish courts yesterday. The supportive comments on The Pirate Bay's website are neatly summed up by one contributor from Denmark. His pearl of wisdom: "They want us to pay for shit – no one pays for shit any more."
Does she have pulling power with Alistair?
Let's hope Alistair Darling is an Emmerdale fan. The programme's star, Adele Silva, is the latest celebrity signed up by the British Beer & Pub Association in its campaign for the Chancellor to take the axe to tax on beer, as pubs close in their droves.
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
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