Category Archives: Financial Times

Penis mightierthan thesword

Mrs Towers (the reason for this blog’s silence the last two days) and I were sat in a cafe in Grasmere this morning. I was reading the Financial Times magazine. There was an article comparing a Philip Roth novel and … Continue reading

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Arctic monkeying – Financial Times front cover from… 2004

Timing is everything, and this post is a couple of weeks late. Because the caravan has moved on from this story (as Uncle Noam notes). Below please find the front cover of a November 2004 FT, and a close up … Continue reading

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What a species!! Tax breaks for oil and gas exploration

Yes, I know it’s been going on since the year dot. I know that’s how the game is played.  Yet it still shocks me – terminal naivete about our terminal stupidity and cupidity…  

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Reversal of fortune – of butterflies and Valerie Solanas

So this I found in my clippings folder – My first boss joked that Whitehall was the channel for the “reverse butterfly effect”: politicians spark chaos in departments, who transmit the current through bureaucratic layers and then, years later, a … Continue reading

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Failing at failing – Chris Corrigan, Tim Harford and Peter Palchinsky

Via Johnnie Moore I came to another excellent post by Chris Corrigan. And in the comments below there was this… …I was moving through Tim Harford’s Adapt: Why success always starts with failure. What caught my eye, amongst many things … Continue reading

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“Average can be excellent if properly led” – letter in the FT

Yep.

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Not xx-rated. FT cartoon on gender and recruitment

I really miss the FT. I fall of the wagon every-so-often, but on the whole, I don’t buy it any more. Because it was turning me off “the Left?” – no,  a) I was doing that myself and b) it … Continue reading

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In a perfect world, I’d have time to read the FT everyday

But I don’t.  In fact, if I want to achieve the very cool collaborative projects over the coming months, I is gonna have to give up the pink’un pretty much completely.  That’s a real pity, but she will still be … Continue reading

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Labilia majora and volatility junkies

On being labile – (sorry, couldn’t help the blog post title. It was there. I had to use it. It would have been rude not to. Iam sure you all agree.) So, what is it with massive emotional peaks and … Continue reading

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Colonel Gaddafi and the days of the locust

What a lot of weight there is in that one word “effective” (final sentence of the quote). The death of Muammer Gaddafi continues to reverberate across Africa  – this time in the form of desert locusts. Croplands in Niger and … Continue reading

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