ROGUE TRADER; The week ahead ...

MONDAY

Belgrade Car Show opens. 'Scheduled for this spring, but disrupted by Nato air strikes' it says on the hand out. Interims from Scottish Media Group, currently bidding pounds 130m to buy GMTV and itself a (hostile) takeover target for Granada. GMTV is a loss maker, but in the barmy world of television economics, it makes sense to swallow a poison pill for breakfast. In a further complication SMG is partly owned by Flextech, another highly valued television loss-maker (see Thursday).

TUESDAY

Vice-President Kinnock to address European Parliament Budgetary Control Committee: "Wooowwwhh Yeeaaahh are you feeelin' allllllright!" Interims from lots of companies including Iceland and PowerGen. Finals from Billiton, the vast mining conglomerate loathed by some. Analysts think that profits will be down, partly because of problems with the world aluminium market. So, in a cheap publicity stunt the company circulated a cute picture of Betsie the Blaster, South Africa's first black woman open-cast demolitions expert.

WEDNESDAY

Interims from Anglo-American, another mining company, making its debut after joining the Exchange in May. Sadly, the company's fortunes are based on gold mining. Legal stationery giant Stat-Plus is one of several other firms to report. The company wants lawyers to swear their affidavits and make their depositions and what-not on-line. Which is great news for hackers who, being anarchists, will at last get to bring the legal system to its knees. Bank of England interest rate decision. Last month it was unanimous in holding rates steady at 5 per cent. But soaring house prices and the return of a consumer spending frenzy might tempt it in the direction of a hike. Neil Kinnock nears halfway point of Brussels speech.

THURSDAY

Flextech - the TV "channel packager" responsible for the tedious rubbish you get for "free" when you buy a subscription to Sky Sport - is to report. Losses were reduced last time and the company feels bullish - having secured the rights to most of the BBC's archive in time to ride the wave of digital cable. Green Party conference opens in Europe's largest uninhabitable, ecologically devastated, chemically desertified, sand-blown hell-hole - Southport. Neil Kinnock reaches the end of a digression about why cavemen never had the chance to go to University.

FRIDAY

Car Show ends in Belgrade. Boat Show opens in Southampton. Kinnock establishes video link to Green Party conference.

Entrepreneurial Edwards ...

PRINCE EDWARD: Held back by jealousy and the British habit of hating success. Admired in Hollywood.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Held back by virtue of being an inanimate object. Admired by Canadians.

EDWARD 'EDDIE THE EAGLE' EDWARDS: Held back by virtue of being absolutely hopeless. Admired in Britain.

KING EDWARD VARIETY: Held back by virtue of being a potato. Admired in Idaho, Belgium and Prince Edward Island.

Financial news in brief

Our weekly bench test, value for money guide to the financial press. This week: Business Week versus Goal! magazine

Item Business Week Goal!

Price pounds 2.10 pounds 1.50

No of pages 66 108

Price per page 3.18p 1.38p

Slogan Intelligent Business For Lads Who Live

News With a Football

Global Perspective

Typical Advert Remy Martin Pot Noodle

David Beckham? No thanks! Yes please!

No of pics of reformed Lots (probably) One (George

bung-taking managers Graham)

Shiny paper? A bit Very

Tables full of Some Lots

meaningless

numbers

Attitude to Frankfurt Europe's financial Aren't they in the

powerhouse German second

division?

Typical headline WILL THE FED CAN KANU

MOVE AGAIN? KICK IT?

% of content which 14.3%: "Greater 4.1%: "Gazza

was news to me citizen intimacy can and Incey are set

be achieved by to rule the

IT outsourcing" Premiership"

% of content worth 0.8%: according to 0.4%: "I believe

repeating at a party a new book, many Chris Sutton is

American Doctors going to have a

will try and murder great season for

you if they get the Chelsea"

chance

P/E ratio (photo/ 50/50 1,000/0.5

editorial)

RT value index 3.366445 4.59875

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
a clockwork orange, stanley kubrick
film
Extras
The Tesco Hudl2: An exceptional Android tablet that's powerful, well-built and outstanding value
indybest

Life and Style
food + drinkAuthor DBC Pierre presents his guide to the morning after
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Life and Style
food + drink
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Carlton Senior Appointments: Private Banking Manager - Intl Bank - Los Angeles

$200 - $350 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: Managing Producer – Office...

Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advisor – Ind Advisory Firm

$125 - $225 per annum: Carlton Senior Appointments: San Fran - Investment Advi...

Sheridan Maine: Commercial Finance Manager

Up to £70,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...

Sheridan Maine: Regulatory Reporting Accountant

Up to £65,000 per annum + benefits: Sheridan Maine: Are you a qualified accoun...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas