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Goodbye to Icons of the 1970s

Michael Jackson with the Reagans

This last week has seen the passing of two icons of the 1970s - Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. For those of us of a certain age, they were on posters everywhere, and household names throughout the US and Europe.

Just Put it on Expenses, Old Chap

Caerlaverock Castle - Cynthia Berridge

I worked with a Head of Internal Audit in a bank, who said that, whenever anybody was under investigation, the first thing they did was to look at the person’s expenses. Because people leave expenses to the last minute and often get somebody else to do them, you can always find an inaccuracy or two.

Bye-Bye Banking

To Say Goodbye - Elke Oerter

To pay my last respects to the eight years of my life dedicated to the altar of investment banking, I ventured one last time to my old office. 

The Desperate Bankers Club

Aubergine - Chelsea

Suddenly we had unlimited free time - no meetings, no planes, no budgets. Hadn’t we said, so many times, “If only I had the time, I would...”? Well, now we actually could, and there was no boss or client to blame on a bad day, not even the Tube.

What Does A Global Regulator Look Like?

After the G20 meeting, we wait for a detailed description of Global Regulation. The herd-like attitude that drives financial institutions' behaviour will lead them to believe that a single institution will fix the problems they created. And while we wait we hope no other crisis appears.

London or Essex?

Map of Romford

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had the debate with people: Do I live in London or Essex? I live in Romford, which many people will instinctively say is in Essex. In fact, my address even states 'Romford, Essex' - but as I’m far as I’m concerned, I live in London.

Just Bread and Water For Me, Thanks

Bread and Water - Olly Bennett

In 2005, a leading national newspaper reported than drinking one cup of coffee per day can help prevent liver cancer. Great! In March 2006, the same paper printed that more than three cups per day can dramatically increase the risk of a heart attack. Not so great.