■ Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the first mobile phone call – and who in the Square Mile doesn’t look back with rose-tinted glasses at the breeze block handsets that were once the ultimate status symbol. But who was the first City early-adopter to sport such an accessory? If you think it was you, The Capitalist wants to hear from you.
■ Another tasty tidbit from the horsemeat saga – The Capitalist hears that restaurant chain Hungry Horse was rather quick off the mark, when news of the scandal broke, going above and beyond to clear its name as quickly as possible. “As soon as we heard the news of the contamination we began a series of additional DNA tests” said a spokesperson. Hungry Horse patrons will be relieved that the chain is “happy to report that none of our products have been affected.” Phew.
■ Booze, dollars and zombies? You may have thought, dear reader, that these nouns were as English in derivation as bangers and mash. However, a new exhibition from the British Council – The English Effect – begs to differ. It reveals many of our favourite words in fact originated overseas. The exhibit, which opens today, explores the impact of the English language around the world, delving into the origins of popular English words such dollar, booze, zombie and honcho. Dollar, a word more likely to be associated with America, actually entered the English lexicon from German beginnings. It originates from taler, which was a coin minted from silver found in the town of Joachimsthal. Likewise the word honcho, a “boss or leader” is in fact of Japanese descent, having been picked up by US servicemen who were stationed there after the Second World War. All these facts and more until 29 June, admission won’t cost a dollar.