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The trees are great – but the wood’s the thing!

  This week has seen ,present at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries pension conference on “mapping the Pension Genome”, our Pension PlayPen lunch on “defaults to spend our DC saving”, Reward Strategy conference on “Royal Mail’s journey to CDC” … Continue reading

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The Vision of the Plowman

The “Vision of the Pension Plowman” is a bastardisation of the title of a 14th century english Poet (William Langland’s) great poem, “the Vision of Piers Plowman”. In this great book, the Plowman falls asleep by a stream and dreams … Continue reading

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How the banks try to f*ck us – and how we deal with them

It’s Sunday morning and I am reading a poem written around 1936 by Ezra Pound. It is about Usury , in this context the bad practice of the Medici Bank which Pound claimed screwed up the great artistic achievements of medieval … Continue reading

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Top bum ,sedition and Gadaffi the penguin

“What” , you might be asking, ” is going on here?”. Continue reading

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Seafaring

My mood ‘mid the mere-flood,
Over the whale’s acre, would wander wide Continue reading

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Life in the fast lane

I am writing to you from the fast lane of the M3 adjacent to Bracknell. Is writing therapeutic? I am not sure, but I suspect that you are probably asking yourself whether I am writing and driving at the same … Continue reading

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Mittens- that wd stop em lootin

 “More than 90,000 people have signed an online petition calling for anyone convicted of taking part in the riots to lose benefits they get” Thomas Hardy wrote a book of poems entitled “life’s little ironies”. He’d have seen the humour in … Continue reading

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The point of work’s to dream of doing nothing

The ongoing semantic squabble about how not to talk about “pensions” continues to preoccupy those advising on and providing pensions. Last night I was chatting with Ben Mulroney of Mallowstreet who complained that there was only so much that could be … Continue reading

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Growing old angrily- Lou Reed at the Odeon

Image via Wikipedia My contribution to Gerontology this week is to bring you the news of the world’s angriest old age pensioner move over Victor- Lou Reed is the real deal. Seated at the Hammersmith Apollo I observed the serried ranks of baby boomers … Continue reading

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Public sector strikes – the indeluctable modality

“the ineluctable modality of existence- it gets us every time”.
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