Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Babel awards for the10 worst phrases of the year


Thanks to the excellent macro-man for this (I’ve tweaked it slightly for a UK audience) Even if the financial services  “industry” is suffering, the creative management community has been in full swing dreaming up new terms and phrases to camouflage … Continue reading

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The Pension Play Pen Rocks- 23rd Feb


Don’t miss it- join the Pension Play Pen and support Dick, Henry ,TC, Simons and the girls. Continue reading

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“A million maybe two million died – nobody knows”


This from BBC Radio 5 live this morning; a reminder of the North Korean famine that is thought to have wiped anything from 800,000 to 3.5m people between 1995 and 2002. This from Wikipedia  In 1998, US Congressional staffers who visited the country … Continue reading

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The divine right of Kims


If I was an anthropologist, I’d drop what I was doing and glue myself to the North Korean TV channels for the next 24 hours as “the Kim is dead – long live Kim” show plays out. What we are getting … Continue reading

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What football’s all about : Yeovil V Charlton


Take a step back. There are 92 teams in the football League, less than a quarter of them in the Premiership. Outside the handful of global brands that can sell out any stadium or sell some fake replicas in a … Continue reading

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Yeovil True ; come on #ytfc


                                  This is for Olly who is in Cape Town, I reckon he’d sooner be at the Huish to watch the Glovers sneak three … Continue reading

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Domestic bliss at Christmas


Christmas domestic bliss has been in short supply at the Tapper’s ancestral home. Some member’s of the family remember a happy Christmas Day in 1975 but we seem to have been in permanent warfare ever since. This year, the major issues … Continue reading

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Christmas naif


Christmas naif that I am! Continue reading

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ABI and the OMO- guest blog by Alan Higham


ABI Consultation Paper on OMO Code of Conduct Posted on December 23, 2011 by Alan Higham The ABI has finally been pressed into taking some meaningful attempt to improve the outcomes people have at retirement. The ABI has a number … Continue reading

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Who wins from banning credit card surcharging?


The wires hum this morning with the news that Government are going to ban companies from “surcharging” credit cards to disguise extra margin as “operational cost”. Continue reading

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