Andrew, a newly retired ex-shark of capitalism, doesn’t agree that Bob Diamond deserves any credit (see last post).

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http://www.tricumen.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/07/Tricumen-BARC-FY98-FY11_public.pdf

This is what papers won’t tell you now that Bob’s out of favour. Apparently Bob’s leadership meant a really big sack of money for Barclays Capital – research courtesy of good people of Tricumen.

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Team GB is currently number 20 in the medal ranks. Which is a shame. I support Britan in the Olympics, though I supported Ukraine in the Euro2012 championship; somehow it seems right to award my affections to the cost-bearing hosts in each instance.

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It is kind of nice when the biggest event on the planet is brought to your doorstep – in my case literally.

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EBRD’s own Andriy Maksymovych brought the Olympic torch to work to let people have their picture taken with it and to raise some money for charity. He raised about £1000 for Marusia, a Ukrainian girl with cancer currently treated in London (more at http://www.mfa.gov.ua/uk) Hundreds of bankers queued for hours! He plans other events with the torch in London, to raise money for equipment for Ukrainian children’s hospital – I will announce when more details are known.

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Olympics in Tower Hamlets smells of rotten fish and fresh manure. Fish smell greets me every morning as I walk to Whitechapel tube; but manure is something new. If I wasn’t in a rush, I’d look around for signs that police horses had been there earlier in the morning.

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Watching the BBC’s Panorama about racism on Ukrainian and Polish football terraces, I was shocked. Both by the terrible scenes shown by the reporter Chris Rogers, and by the fact that the BBC sounded so much like the Daily Mail.

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A conversation about Ukrainian publishing, the future of books and BBC book of the Year http://www.voanews.com/ukrainian/news/ukraine/Pyrkalo-10-10-2011-131470448.htmlC

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Please tell your friends in Harvard, New York and Cincinnati or near about this unique opportunity to come and hang out!

I am speaking in the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute about the language and media in today’s Ukraine on Friday, 14 October 2011, 1 pm. See link for details.http://www.huri.harvard.edu/calendar.html#2011_10_14

I will discuss: why the media speak the language they speak? Why did Ukrainian literature take off in Ukraine, and Russian did not?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ukrainian/pyrkalo/

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