From the daily archives:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Beyond Philpott…

April 6, 2013

Three conversations I have either been part of or overheard in the last week… 1. Last Saturday, waiting to get my hair cut at the local barbers An unhealthy, overweight middle-aged man was talking to the barber about being thrown off Incapacity Benefit.  He had severe sleep apnea, which meant he was not allowed to […]

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Mr East Goes To The Movies 2013: Side Effects

April 6, 2013

Steven Soderberg is hard to categorise as a director.  On the one hand, his debut was one of the most intelligent and interesting of the golden era of American independent cinema (the mid-1980s-the mid 1990s) with sex lies and videotape; on the other hand he has helmed much star-driven populist fare such as the Oceans […]

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#662: 1979, The Members, Off-Shore Banking Business

April 6, 2013

With both the HBOS story and The Guardian’s expose of the billions being squirrelled away by the wealthy in British owned tax havens, like the British Virgin Islands, this song from Camberly’s The Members, came to mind. The Members are, of course, rightly, mostly known for their one masterpiece, Sound of the Suburbs, but this […]

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What Bad Bankers Do Next?

April 6, 2013

Yesterday’s news that HBOS was so appallingly managed that it would have gone bust even without the financial crisis, brought into sharp focus once again that there have been very little consequences for those, who through greed and incompetence, brought the economy crashing down.    In fact with the exception of Fred the Shred losing his […]

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