Category Archives: Financial Times

“We’ll always have Paris…” – well, you can keep it…

When I moved [to Paris] in 2002, I rejected that view [that it was the world's most unfriendly city]. I was determined to learn Parisian codes. I knew this city has a complex etiquette. I thought that once I’d learnt … Continue reading

Posted in a little self-knowledge, Financial Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

From the Anals of Internal Medicine

On my first job, I met a surgical registrar whose mobile was full of photographs of items he’d extracted from patients. At the end of each operation he’d have himself photographed, posing like a proud father with whatever he’d retrieved: … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Times, humour | Tagged | Leave a comment

Chomsky, the FT and new frugal Dwight

It had been going so well.  I’d walked down the aisles of the supermarket with my new belt-tightening brain in gear.  Past the empty calories of sugar. Past the booze (never – thank gaia – a need of mine).  And … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Times | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Financial Times, humour | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in apocalypse, Financial Times | Leave a comment

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…  

Posted in apocalypse, economics, Financial Times, politics | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in a little self-knowledge, competence, Financial Times, politics | Tagged | Leave a comment