Andrew, a newly retired ex-shark of capitalism, doesn’t agree that Bob Diamond deserves any credit (see last post).
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.
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.
It is kind of nice when the biggest event on the planet is brought to your doorstep – in my case literally.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?