Fifa imploded and Morrisons bumbled through: Here’s what got us talking this week
Fifa imploded. Greek talks went on (and on) and on. And somewhere in the Surrey hills, even more oil was found.
Here's what got us talking this week
1. Working nine to five… but not if you're at the top
If your office starts to look a bit thin on the ground over the next few months, this might be why. Three quarters of the highest earners in the country (above £50,000) will almost certainly be sloping off early as we head into summer.
2. We found out how long we've got left
They say there are only two certainties in life – and now you can (rather creepily) work out the likelihood of one of them happening in the next five years. It might sound morbid but it certainly got us all talking.
3. We became pundamentalists
At City A.M. we are huge fans of puns – but let's face it, who isn't? This list of the funniest business names in Britain got us laughing as well as talking. Florist Gump, anyone?
And while we're on the subject of names, this guy who changed his name by deed poll to avoid paying Ryanair charges was also news to us.
4. The Morrisons mega-mix
The week started out looking bleak for the troubled supermarket, as it seemed likely it would be demoted from the FTSE 100 and faced a shareholder revolt over Dalton Philips' £3m pay packet. But by Friday things seemed a lot rosier. Aggreko, not Morrisons, was relegated while two separate data companies revealed that it was outperforming the rest of the “big four”.
And while the AGM was amusing it was by no means as explosive as last year. Shareholders made a show of protesting, but in the end Philips got his bonus.
5. How not to get a job
This week we discovered the most cringeworthy LinkedIn profiles we've ever read (“Just like Jesus Christ was a carpenter… I'm a sales executive" and “I don't call meetings 'meetings', they're 'doings'”) and the worst (or best, depending on your perspective) job interview blunders (answering only in rhyme). Great tips on how not to get your dream job.
“It was my Je suis 'Tory scum' moment.” Man and Boy author Tony Parsons talks to us on being a rock critic-turned-crime writer – and how he'll probably vote Conservative for the rest of his life.
Ever walked past the Shard and wondered what's going on inside that glassy exterior? Us too. So we found out and then created this glossy infographic. Enjoy
“Two blokes meet in a staff ante-room in the Hurlingham Club. It’s a s***hole. It’s 4pm on a Thursday afternoon. He’s wearing a black three-piece suit and a white shirt. I’m wearing a grey blazer, jeans and sneakers. We begin talking at 4.05pm.’” Richard E Grant gives us article-writing tips here.
Great reads from elsewhere
Bloomberg has a great interactive explaining how companies justify big pay rises for their chief executives. Presumably they haven't seen the story about summer skiving…
Is Yanis playing us all at game theory? That's the topic under the spotlight in this New York Times article, which is well worth a read.
And lastly, we woke up to the incredibly sad news that former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy had died aged just 55 this Monday, with tributes pouring in from across the political spectrum. This selection of his appearances on BBC1's Question Time is a reminder of the wit and wisdom that he displayed during his political career.
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