En route to visit Warburg Pincus yesterday afternoon (September 18) I popped into Fortnum & Mason's. On the first floor, I saw as I entered the side door, the Christmas Bazaar is now open. We haven't had the autumn equinox yet, and Christmas has started at Fortnum & Mason's. Heaven help us...
Can I sue George Clooney for the waste of nearly two hours watching Michael Clayton? It's easily the worst of his films I've seen so far, and on the list of my top 10 worst. Moreover, it puts me off watching any of his 'worthier' films.
Why on earth is John Moulton, a private equity specialist, being interviewed on CNBC's Squawk Box about the sovereign debt crisis? He's speaking about it as cogently as Mr Bill Blain, but it's not his area. It makes as much sense as Sky News yesterday interviewing someone who had never even met Amanda Knox as a character witness.
What is it with modern 'journalism'? To its credit, mind, Sky News hoiked the chap in question off air almost as soon as he dropped the 'I've never met her' bombshell...
Just finished watching the first series of Tremé last night. This latest TV series from the team that created The Wire (Zola's La Bete Humaine for the 21st century) is a slow burn but well worth devoting the time to it. The last few minutes of the last episode left me sobbing. If you haven't already seen it, I recommend you get hold of the DVDs, set aside a few evenings and give yourself a treat.
When did salt stop tasting of salt? I have to use about half a packet of the stuff these days to get anything resembling a salty taste on food. Salt-free salt. Whatever next? Someone trying to sell alcohol-free alcohol???
But dear me, July? I'm not often left speechless, but what else is there to say, but that this beggars belief. Mind you, I've just had my first 'back to school' special email, a whole three days after schools in this part of the UK (Milton Keynes) broke up for the long summer holidays.
A story on the Investor Today website, based on what it describes as a ‘shock report’ by the UK’s Office For Budget Responsibility discusses how Britain will go bust by 2060 because of the cost of an ageing popultion. “Only the introduction of more taxes and spending cuts can prevent this happening,” it says.
One cost-reduction option is the introduction of euthanasia. I firmly believe it will become legal in my lifetime (I am 54) and that it happen because of the cost implications. It will of course be dressed up as something else but that will be the attraction to the nation's pursemasters. The debate has already started: witness the way in which the phrase 'end-of-life care' has suddenly entered the vocabulary. Spin is mightier than the sword. Once it's politically neutral to use that phrasing, the debate then becomes one about how and when the end of life in question takes place.