THE CAPITALIST recently reported that ex-Deutsche chief Graham Hodgkin had taken on the job of London’s Air Ambulance CEO – and he is wasting no time putting his stamp on the charity.
THE ANNUAL Property Race Day is always a highly enjoyable fixture in the real estate industry calendar, as 700 thoroughbreds from the property world descend on Ascot for a day of racing and networking.
THERE are many ways to show your love to the object of your affection this Valentine’s Day.
However, expressing it by “downloading a message for them on a Barclays personalised debit card” is perhaps not one of them.
INVESTMENT bank Cantor Fitzgerald is not wasting any time after finalising the deal, late on Friday night, to buy Seymour Pierce – the old City stockbroker that was part-owned by well-known football financier Keith Harris.
THE great and the good of the legal profession gathered at Mayfair’s Grosvenor House for the 2013 Legal Business Awards.
IT is probably not a book to give on the 14 February, unless the object of your affection finds economics particularly sexy.
TO the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House for JP Morgan’s eighth biennial Beacon Awards for Philanthropy.
The Capitalist was pleased to see a City Philanthropy category introduced this year, especially to honour the City’s unsung philanthropes.
ONLY in the world of rugby would four elite sportsman take on the challenge of a pie-eating contest, in the name of good PR.
TO the Royal Automobile Club’s country campus on Monday evening, for the launch dinner announcing the 2013 Square Mile Salute banquet.
WE all know that comparing bonus size is a taboo akin to divulging religious and political beliefs – that is to say, not very British.
THE TRIAL of the Pyx is (yet another) ancient ceremony that takes place in the Square Mile.
FORMER Morgan Stanley investment banker Emmett Kilduff has left the firm to become a social media guru.
The Bishop of Durham, Reverend Justin Welby, returned to the City yesterday when he was confirmed as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul’s Cathedral.
FORMER Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy was in charge of the playlist yesterday, getting listeners dancing in the aisles by mixing folk with Handel’s Messiah on Radio Four’s Desert Island Discs.
WEDNESDAY night’s ninth annual Quoted Company Awards, this year held at the Natural History Museum, was a considerably more cheerful affair than in recent years, thanks to celebrity impressionist Rory Bremner.
OFFICE workers with a window seat in Canary Wharf can amuse themselves, until 15 February, with interactive art installation The Voyage.
GOOD news for City lotharios, especially in the run-up to Valentine’s Day. Apparently more women would rather date a City trader than a footballer.
FORMER managing director of private banking at RBS Nigel Jackson has taken on a charity role chairing the organising committee of The Circuit, a motor racing event to raise money for the NSPCC.
NEVER mind Tatler’s List of People Who Really Matter, the Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 list has been published this week, alongside snaps from a glossy photoshoot.
SPADES and wellies were order of the day when Lord Mayor Roger Gifford and his wife, the Lady Mayoress, ventured deep into forest territory this week, ankle-deep in mud.
YET another duo have thrown in the proverbial banking towel, and gone it alone as entrepreneurs.
THERE are certainly no shortages of age going hand-in-hand with wisdom in the City, or so we are led to believe. However The Capitalist has news of perhaps the youngest worker in the heart of the Square Mile.
The Capitalist spent the weekend juggling the two greatest pleasures this world has to offer: watching high quality tennis and reading the latest report from the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR).
IT is more subtle than Ben Bernanke’s and, according to Christine Harper of Bloomberg, less dark than its owner would like. But Lloyd Blankfein’s beard managed to catch everyone’s attention in Davos, even against the wintry backdrop.
FACEBOOK’S recently opened London base is the type of relaxed environment the average undergraduate must dream of entering the workforce in – skateboards strewn across the floor, boardgames stacked on top of each other, and oddly-shaped sofas rat
THE ART of the official apology is a difficult one to master (see: Tesco’s “hit the hay” tweet and Nick Clegg’s video mea culpa), and rail operators are not known for their human warmth when trains break or go missing.
MOST ad campaigns about fun firms or service with a smile are just talk – a half-hearted effort to look like a generous firm which cares for its staff.
BEDSPACE may be tight at Davos, but every inch of space is utilised. While “The Clinic” may sound like a luxury spa, it’s actually an asthma hospital – offering spare beds to attendees. If you fancy your own oxygen supply, this is the place.
SIR STUART ROSE’S retail track record stretches as far back as the 1970s, when he was known to sweep the warehouse floors during his time as a management trainee at Marks & Spencer.
The Capitalist was delighted to receive a call from David Cameron yesterday afternoon, arguing in favour of renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU and, er, the removal of VAT on hot sandwiches.
THE MOST important people in the world are currently packing their toothbrushes, making sure the neighbour will feed the cat and getting ready for five days discussing the global financial system in the Swiss Alps.
THE DIZZYING career arc of a reality TV music star often takes in a spot of busking along the way.
AFTER organisers confirmed last week that three stages of the 2014 Tour De France will be held in the UK, there was no better time for the London Bike Show to hit town, as it took over the Excel Centre this weekend.
THE third Monday in January (yes, that’s today) is often touted as the most depressing day of the year, based on a highly unscientific formulae involving weather, debt, time since Christmas, and guilt at failing set of New Year’s resolutions.
Not content with exhibiting his work in London, Paris, Los Angeles, the White House, and the shop shutters of Shoreditch, street artist Ben Eine has turned his spray cans on the first class cabin of a Virgin Atlantic plane.
WHAT would a Capitalist diary entry be, without a weekly update on loveable London Mayor Boris Johnson?
And so, to the City’s Mansion House last night, where the Lord Mayor hosted the City Mayor for the London Government Dinner.
MOST City workers down a speedy sandwich during their lunch hour, while others make a dash for the gym – but how many actually relax when away from their desk?
SEVEN partners from Deloitte shared a kitchen with MasterChef’s Michel Roux Jr this week. And not just in an attempt to improve the staff canteen, but to raise money for the charity Wildhearts.
READERS of this page will remember last year that The Capitalist spotted ex-corporate financier and author Tony Drury flogging copies of his second novel The Deal in Leadenhall Market.
TRACTORS, combine harvesters, chicken, sheep and other furry animals took up residence outside St. Paul’s yesterday.
EX-DEUTSCHE chief Graham Hodgkin has taken a more literal than usual route to cementing his reputation as a City high-flyer – by becoming the new CEO of the London Air Ambulance.
A FORMER City worker has travelled back in time – from 21st century London to 18th century revolutionary France – to appear in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables.
ANY high rollers who have lost a pound or several to the bookies recently, will be interested to hear of the bashing that Balthazar Fabricius, founder of bespoke bookmaker Fitzdares, is lining himself up for at this year’s Boodles Boxing Ball.
TWO influential women have stormed to the top of the annual Financial Power list produced by Accountancy Age.
The list aims to rate the most influential movers and shakers in accounting and finance.
ANYONE unlucky enough to be travelling into the City yesterday morning may have noticed two loveable old relics at Moorgate tube station, an old steam train and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
SOUTH Korean rapper Psy’s song Gangnam Style may have broken a Guinness world record and received over 1bn hits on YouTube. However the latest parody of the video’s horseriding dance has come from an unexpected source.
THERE was a distinct chill all over London yesterday that caught many commuters without their woolies on by surprise.
DISABILITY charity Scope has challenged our City Boris Bikers to step their game up a notch, and take part in a London to Paris cycle ride.
FORMER England and Manchester United footballer Sir Bobby Charlton was spotted in the City this week.
LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson was at City Hall yesterday morning, wolfing down porridge with children from Haseltine Primary School, to mark the launch of the Mayor’s Fund supporting the Magic Breakfast healthy eating initiative.