Credit crisis diary: The bankers who sang for their supper
Friday 20 February 2009
Yet more tales reach us concerning Sir Fred Goodwin's ultimately disastrous tenure at Royal Bank of Scotland. Sir Fred reputed to have been something of an authoritarian boss, apparently kept a karaoke machine at RBS's impressive head office on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Not because he enjoyed a sing-song himself, you understand – no, the idea was that getting top executives to belt out some tunes would hone their competitive instincts. What we now want to know is what was on Sir Fred's playlist? Simply Red's Money's too Tight to Mention, say?
Not worth the metal it's minted on
For those hoping America will lead the world out of recession now that Barack Obama's stimulus plan is in place, here's a cautionary tale. The Americans are updating the design of 1c coins and some $50m of new coinage has been commissioned. Made of copper-plated zinc, each coin costs 1.4c to make. It hardly fills you with confidence.
Don't call us, we'll try to call you
As wearied hacks arrived home last night from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which gizmo were they most excited about? Internet access, apparently – the online access back home, that is. You would have thought the world's biggest mobile telecoms conference would be the easiest place in the world to get wi-fi web access. In fact, delegates found connection speeds – when connection was available – were so slow, they were unusable.
Seeking Stanford's bean counters
Whose name is this we find on an archived page on the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants' website, in a section commending recently accredited employers for their "commitment to training and support of ACCA students and members"? Why, it's CAS Hewlett & Co, the accountant at the centre of the Allen Stanford affair. Sadly, ACCA has little to offer in the ongoing search for any staff of CAS Hewlett.
If pet food is too pricey, don't feed them this
In these difficult financial times, here's one way to save money: keep your pets away from your wallet. The Bank of England has just published statistics revealing it received almost 5,000 claims for a total of £113,000 last year from people whose bank notes were chewed or even eaten by a pet. Who knew you could even claim for such losses – and why has there been a 23 per cent increase in such claims since 2007?
- 2 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Jennifer Lawrence: Leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by users
Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked next, threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
iJobs Money & Business
£65000 Per Annum Benefits + bonus: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: If you are...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 ...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40000: SThree: As a Recruitment Consultant, y...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree Group have been well e...