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Bankers Town is out, now

It’s been a while. I’m sorry. I’ve been busy. I thought about calling you, I really did, I even picked up the phone a couple of times, but each time other stuff came up, other things got in the way, you know how it is, right? But the other stuff is done, now. It’s here […]

Confirmation Bias

First thing you should know is that this is yet another post about being, you know, nice. Obviously, being nice isn’t very interesting and is rarely particularly amusing, so this post may struggle to achieve either. Apologies. Normal, cynical, hilarious service will resume soon. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about confirmation bias. In case […]

Bankers Town

It’s all go, now. The date is set. Well, it’s almost set. Bankers Town (previously known as Without Due Care) will be launched in March 2014. There are a million things to do between then and now, but in the meantime, please like and share the Facebook page and ask anyone you know who can […]

Praise the Lord and Pass the Collateral

I read an interesting blog the other day, with a line that made me stop and think for a moment. The blog is here, and the line in question was this one: the willingness of government and regulators to allow banks to borrow among themselves on secured terms (with collateral being passed round like a […]

By St Cuthbert’s Stricken Oak!

The only verified likeness of St Cuthbert of Liebster, currently on display in the Uffizi Gallery For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the world of blogging is awash with the notion of “paying it forward”. Doing good turns, passing on your good fortune, all good clean wholesome stuff. And that includes the […]

100

  Well that almost slipped by without my noticing it at all. My last post, The “S” Word, was my hundredth. Probably not the one I’d have chosen to mark such a significant event, but what the hell. It seems an appropriate time to sit back and reflect on what I have achieved, with my hundred […]

“If” (Daily Mail version)

If you can pick on Ed, when all around you Are at the Tory conference writing wittily on Dave, If the simplest of ideas, like “truth”, confound you, If nineteenth-century England is what you really crave, If you can lie and not be tired by lying, Or crashing some memorial, like the classy folk you […]

“I agree with Nick”

Where, as The Pixies so memorably sang, is my mind? You know how this blog works. I take a major global story everyone’s talking about, add a unique slant no one else has thought of, and a million people say “wow, that’s cool”. Or I take a tiny local story, add an interpretation that relates […]

Lazy

No excuses. I haven’t posted for a week. And I’m not posting now, either, not really. I’ve been getting back into the swing of things but it’s been a little hectic. And it’s not like I’ve got anything to say about (for instance) Putin and Syria or the Lib Dems or dear old Michael Gove […]

Mirror, mirror

Swimming in the sea off an English coast at 9 in the morning without a wetsuit is a bracing experience. Not so much for the cold and the half-ton of fist-sized stones smashing into your ankles every time a wave advances or retreats, but for what it turns you into. You lie on your back […]