OVER in New York yesterday, Bank of England governor Mark Carney was not just extolling the recovery of the British economy – he also took the opportunity to peddle some of the UK’s classical literature to the yanks.
WE’RE all for healthy competition between nations, so with the Olympics a distant memory, The Capitalist thought it would pitch governmental Christmas trees against each other.
ADVERSE weather conditions may have slowed Prince Harry’s trek to the South Pole but a UK-based event in support of Walking With The Wounded, backed by City A.M., is still rolling full steam ahead.
WE’RE big fans of American imports here in the UK; we’ve adopted Black Friday as though St George himself spent the first Friday after Thanksgiving hunting for discounted iPads, and now we’re celebrating Small Business Saturday too.
In a new regular feature The Capitalist brings you fascinating facts about City bigwigs.
First up, Shawbrook Bank CEO Ian Henderson.
SO GEORGE’S Autumn Statement tie was green.
MOVE over Miliband, there’s a new Red Ed in town. The shadow chancellor’s frustrations at George Osborne’s “good news” on the economy, were played out on his face when he addressed the House of Commons after yesterday’s Autumn Statement.
GET YOUR secret Santa pressies ready and start crafting those turkey vol-au-vents; ‘tis the season for Christmas parties.
Some of east London’s fashionistas ventured down to Canary Wharf’s Ice Rink on Wednesday night for the launch of a new, swish Heineken bottle.
AUTUMN STATEMENT BINGO
Not a reference to Osborne’s waistline...
The baked snack targeted for tax until Osborne did a U-turn
1 IT’S not actually in Autumn. In fact it’s in winter. It used to be in November, sort of justifying its title, but since 2003 it has taken place in December.
WITHIN a few minutes of walking through the doors of Icap yesterday The Capitalist had run into a pack of rowdy pirates, walked past a “Broking Bad meth lab” and watched a conga line of gladiators snake its way through the famous trading floor – t
PRUDENTIAL boss Tidjane Thiam sent a pretty overt message to his French countrymen when he accepted his Grand Prix de l’Economie award last week.
With Apple’s recent purchase of Topsy, Tim Cook is clearly enjoying a touch of retail therapy in the lead up to Christmas. The Capitalist thought it would be fun to try to second guess what else might be on Cook’s list.
SO, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and chief executive, is getting into the drone game.
SENTIMENTAL fans of the old fashioned phone book weren’t the only ones mourning the demise of Hibu, née Yellow Pages – chairman Bob Wigley, who fought pretty hard to save the ailing company, must have also been saddened to see it go into administr
ANY HEDGIES strolling out of their Mayfair offices last night may have been greeted by the festive site of racing legend Sir Stirling Moss switching on the Christmas lights at Shepherd Market.
The Capitalist would like to congratulate the winner of our Movember competition – Steven Farley of Majedie Asset Management. We love his two-tone mo, although apparently, it was supposed to be red, white and blue.
THE PATH from the City to the foodie industry is well-trodden, and the latest epicurean hangout to get the City-treatment is the Villandry.
MOVEMBER may be over, but just when you thought it was safe to return to your regular facial hair regime we roll straight into a new money-raising month – Decembeard (Movember’s decidedly bushier cousin).
GEORGE Osborne might have bitten off more than he can chew ahead of Thursday’s autumn statement. The chancellor tweeted a picture of a new family member – a puppy called Lola, later tweeting, “Some early issues with toilet training ...
TURKEYS are once again making headlines this Thanksgiving.
THE TIME has come, chaps. With just one day remaining before December descends, The Capitalist is issuing a final call for you to perfect your furry upper lips and send us your best Movember efforts.
AT A TIME when most investment bankers count themselves lucky to last a decade at one company, Alfred Feld has stood apart.
Feld, who died this week aged 98, worked at Goldman Sachs for more than 80 years.
IT HAS only been a matter of weeks since Argos heralded the launch of its own, super-cheap tablet, pitching the £99 MyTablet as the perfect budget choice – with built in Argos apps to help direct customers to making purchases from its other produc
DAVID Cameron was guest of honour at the British Curry Awards on Monday evening, telling a packed Battersea Evolution centre that he would do more to help the industry flourish.
THE WINNERS of City A.M.’s fourth annual awards continued their celebrations yesterday at the London Stock Exchange, where they were invited to open the markets.
FOR all those mums and dads wanting their junior spenders to start hogging their cash, NatWest has a squeally good idea.
IT’S CHIC to be geek – or at least that was the message that Ed Miliband was keen to peddle on yesterday’s Desert Island discs.
AFRICAN song and dance filled the Victoria and Albert Museum on Wednesday night as Opportunity International launched its Spirit of Opportunity Christmas appeal.
With their palaces, titles and crowns, it can be tempting to assume that British royalty just aren’t like us.
WELL DONE to all the brave Movemberers who’ve battled through those awkward early days of growing a moustache (“do you think he’s doing Movember?” “Is that just a shadow?”) and made it into the third week of sporting career-limiting upper lip fuzz
ONE of London’s great white elephant projects – the Emirates Air Line cable cars – was used by just four regular commuters in the week from Saturday 13 October.
Airplane meals are not particularly tasty, but it seems a bit excessive to pack a lunch for your flight. When the cleaners of a Jet Airways plane stumbled across two lunch boxes stashed in the toilets they assumed they were bombs.
KEEN Christmas shoppers filled the Guildhall yesterday to get their gift-buying in early at the British Red Cross Christmas Market.
BURBERRY’S outgoing chief executive Angela Ahrendts collected the top prize at the 2013 Walpole Awards for Excellence last night at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.
FLAT whites are so last year – those on the cutting edge of beverages will be quaffing green vegetable drinks in 2014, according to the consumer clairvoyants at Mintel.
STUCK for Christmas present ideas? The British Red Cross Christmas Market, which takes place at the City’s iconic Guildhall tonight and tomorrow, might be the perfect place to get started.
WARNING – not just pictures are self-destructing in super quick time.
Following the success of Snapchat – which deletes images after 10 seconds at most – comes SecretInk, which delivers similarly short-term texts and emails.
PRINCE Harry will leave London on Sunday to battle icy winds and survive in temperatures of minus 40 degrees as he treks with a group of injured soldiers to the South Pole.
ASK NOT for whom the tweets troll, JP Morgan – they troll for thee.
WHAT’S more important for a struggling lender: being seen to be green or actually running a bank in a viable and profitable way?
THERE are not many rooms that you could walk into on a Wednesday night in the City and find an airline chief executive, an 18-year old tech entrepreneur and a ballerina dancing to hip-hop.
BOB GELDOF, former Boomtown Rats singer and anti-poverty campaigner, spoke about the role of business in society at the National Business Awards in London last night
CONGRATULATIONS to reader James Howell of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, who won ING’s competition in these pages for £1,000 of art.
THE TALLEST building in the US changed yesterday, after a committee of architectural experts decided that One World Trade Centre is 1,776 feet tall, about 50 feet larger than the Willis tower in Chicago.
NEW LORD Mayor of London Fiona Woolf last night made her case for more diversity and inclusion in business as she became only the second woman to take up the post.
THE UNDERWRITING room at Lloyd’s of London fell silent yesterday morning as employees gathered to observe the traditional two minute silence to mark the 95th anniversary of the World War One armistice.