Monthly Archives: May 2012

Gideon Rachman argues for Eurozone break-up

May 22, 2012

The FT’s Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Gideon Rachman, writes in today’s Financial Times that it’s time to start planning an orderly breakup of the eurozone, rather than allow chaotic events to overtake them. “Allowing the fate of the euro to be driven by a succession of market panics would be the worst possible way of breaking

Sir Howard Davies on the eurozone crisis and global economy

May 21, 2012

I spent some of this morning at a client conference which included a very strong panel on the global economic outlook. One of the panellists was Howard Davies, former Deputy-Governor of the Bank of England, a founding head of the FSA and until 2011 Director of the LSE. The panel speculated about the outlook for

Barack Obama on the campaign trail

May 15, 2012

I flew into New York’s JFK Airport yesterday evening, just as President Obama was leaving. He had been electioneering in the city, where he delivered the commencement address at Barnard College, a women-only liberal arts college affiliated to Columbia University. According to a report in the New York Times, Obama was shifting the focus from

Tanni Grey-Thompson – a Paralympic legend

May 14, 2012

As London gears up for the Olympics – with less than 75 days to go – it will be a real treat to see Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson tomorrow. The UK’s most successful Paralympic athlete of all time, Tanni has won 11 gold Paralympic medals since 1992. Not only is Tanni incredibly talented at what she

Remembering Vidal Sassoon

May 10, 2012

In a tribute to Vidal Sassoon, who sadly passed away yesterday, The Times has a beautiful article by Tim Teeman, who recalls meeting and interviewing him in 2010. Sassoon’s success is a true rags to riches story – a boy who spent his early years in an orphanage but whose life changed course due to an apprenticeship at a Whitechapel barbers and

Matthew Syed puts the case for effort over talent

May 10, 2012

On BBC Radio Four’s Four Thought, the writer and former GB table tennis champion, Matthew Syed made an excellent case for why we shouldn’t overemphasize the importance of talent over effort. As he also states in his book, Bounce, he believes that everyone’s brain begins from the same starting point and that it depends on

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