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AA driving me crazy

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Cars don’t go wrong these days. Your little eco friendly Pious may have slithered into non drive mode over the pandemic, but give it a Guardian in the side pocket and some dull nodding teenagers obsessed into their flat friend screens, a little key action will probably  hum it into action. You’ll forgive, therefore, the petrolocracy, who’ve been driving you around for a long time. We are those persons in cars – we fill them up at petrol stations and have been sometimes guilty of buying flowers for our beloveds from the same.  All good then – until, as an…

It’s not the shot in the arm you think

Tuesday 10th November 2020

As one of my guests on the JazzFM Business Breakfast show this morning said, the general euphoria over a possible vaccine for Covid was like a back to the future time warp. The financial markets danced to the rhythm of the FOMO – the fear of missing out  –  without any thought for any realism, just as they did last year.  Such was the mood yesterday that suddenly the ‘work and play at home’ tech stocks like Zoom, fitness  and online shopping  took a bit of a beating, and the bombed out sectors like airlines, travel, leisure,  and banks had…

Lock down the experts

Monday 28th September 2020

The Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic was built by experts. Our governing politicians are in thrall to the ‘advice’ of ‘experts’, who have no skin in the game – apart of course from polishing their own credentials.  Lockdowns are becoming two hundred dollar solutions to two dollar problems. Neither of the Vallance/Whitty duopoly has any front-line work experience in the private sector. I’ll give you that Sir Patrick Vallance worked for GlaxoSmithKline as senior vice president in medicine discovery and development.   But I’m guessing the only cut and thrust of survival was more lab-based than frantically trying…

Wizard – we hope – of Oz

Monday 7th September 2020

I had no idea that Sir Ian McKellen was an expert on matters of trade. I’d always assumed that as far as his particular trade is concerned he had an agent to take care of it. Be that as it may, another media person who has unlikely claims to understand international export and import markets, the producer behind Dr Who is also expressing reservations about the appointment of an Aussie ex-PM to be a UK trade envoy. They are both signatories of an ‘Open Letter to Government’ in protest that a person from the Antipodes is being allowed into the…

We are family

Thursday 13th August 2020

So, farewell then Sumner Redstone – a true media mogul, and you don’t get a lot of those these days. Nick Ferrari and I were in memory lane on his LBC Breakfast Show. Mr R used to swim naked every day and surround himself with beautiful women. He died at 97. Must get a pool. Mr F reminded me that Mr R, by the time he was devoid of the ability to speak, had an i-Pad with three indicators on it – ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Please leave’ – or words to that effect. A story of wonderful copy..the buccaneering business…