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What magic is this? I must confess some disappointment about the lending targets agreed by the Chancellor with the banks. As a gross figure the £200bn target doesn’t make any allowance for firms paying cash back. Thus a net repayment of debt by firms across the economy is perfectly consistent with a large gross target, though admittedly unlikely.
So I went down to the Bike show on Friday at London’s Excel Arena, and this is a round up of some of the coolest stuff I laid my eyes upon.
The Walker report proposed that we should know exactly how many employees of our state-underwritten banks are receiving bonuses of more than £1m. He was proposing that we should be able to see the distribution of rewards too.
Still angry that Frank Lampard’s goal against Germany didn’t count? If the answer is yes, then move on. Seriously. Especially when you put it in to context. The following incident had fans asking, with genuine seriousness, if the referee was indeed blind…
The team robbed of a goal was Costa Rican outfit Alajuelense, who eventually lost [...]
Off to Cardiff, then. I’ve checked for snow, floods, hurricanes etc and it seems that we will be able to get there. So that’s the first hurdle out of the way, although holding anything in February will always be a lottery.
Cardiff will be fun, although not in the outdoor festival sense of previous years. I [...]
Quintessentially English in style and sound, the simplistic sound of Penguin Café both impressed and reassured an affectionate audience in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Arthur Jeffes and his dandy companions add a touch of exuberance to traditional folk music whilst capturing the authenticity of the original works of the late Simon Jeffes, who formed the Penguin Café [...]
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The next few months are set to be big ones in the world of pop music. Most likely, if you’re an astute follower of the genre, you don’t need me to tell you as you’ve already been running excited laps around your bedroom for weeks to burn off all the nervous energy you’ve collected, salivating at the prospect of what you can almost – but not quite – reach out and grasp.
Many days I wake up in utter amazement at how good I feel even though I have lived with a life-limiting disease for almost half of my life now. In a few months, I will celebrate my 50th birthday, a milestone I was never supposed to aspire to, let alone reach. This year also marks 30 years since the first diagnosed case of AIDS in Los Angeles, California. A lot has happened since then, it is a good time to do some reflecting and I will start by sharing my personal story.
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