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 Benedict Cumberbatch says Hollywood is better for black British actors: 'I think as far as coloured actors go it gets really difficult in the UK'
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
US blames Russia after rocket attacks in Ukraine kill at least 30
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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