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Financial Spread Betting: HBOS, Sterling Surges And Consumer Spending

HBOS, the country’s biggest mortgage lender, says it expects the number of houses sold across the country this year to fall by 45%.

And those houses that do sell will do so for “up to 9%” less than now.

Citigroup expects house prices to drop by 20% and volumes 50% by the end of 2009. HBOS and Citigroup are depressed. Banks are as bout as loved as, well, bankers. Shares in both banks are way down the on the year.

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Posted: 20th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Thong Woman On Fame And Fortune In America

A WOMAN has been hurt, allegedly, by her thong underwear.

This is how America works. If anyone is preparing a capsule on American culture to bury in the ground or zoom into space, they should put this video in it. It’s the US media, the US legal system and the US economy in microcosm:

Knickers. And those trousers

Posted: 19th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comments (11) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Daily Mail – Daily Wail: Money Causes Cancer

DAILY Mail Cancer Story Of The Day:

BBC: “Cancer deaths ‘higher in north'”

Death rates from cancer are higher among people living in the north than in the rest of England, research shows.

The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) looked at data from 2005, and found death rates in the north were around 20% higher.

Cancer deaths were lowest in the south and midlands.

DAILY MAIL: “Being well-off is a breast cancer risk”

Affluent women in the South are more likely to die from breast cancer than those with more disadvantaged lifestyles

Such are the facts…

Posted: 18th, June 2008 | In: Money, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Assiacated Press Takes On Blogs And The Web

IF a website quotes from an Associated Press work, it is expected to pay a fee.

AP has sued Moreover, All Headline News (via), Viacom, and filed DMCA notices against The Drudge Retort for posting short excerpts of AP stories.

In a letter to Rogers Cadenhead, the owner of The Retort, the AP believes “the Drudge Retort users’ use of AP content does not fall within the parameters of fair use.”

Best just not to use them – they’re banned.


Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comments (9) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Why Roger Parry Gave Up The BBC

ROGER Parry is non-executive chairman of Johnston Press, magazine publisher Future, online pollsters YouGov and mobile phone content provider Mobile Streams. He once worked at the BBC:

Although he completed a masters in economics and management at Oxford, it was actually down the pub where he had the “epiphany moment” that saw him embark on a career in business. “I had been a broadcast journalist for seven years and only decided to leave the BBC when I was assigned to cover the Notting Hill Carnival for the third year running,” he says.

“I went with the same camera crew and sat on the roof of the same pub as before. We were sent there waiting for trouble but we spent the whole afternoon drinking beer and nothing happened. I thought to myself, ‘I can’t do this again… I’ll go nuts’.”

It’s how the news works…



Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Celebrity News Of The Day: Pete Doherty’s Petrol Crisis

doherty-petrol.jpgTHE petrol cisris is gripping Britain.

“PETROL CRISIS GETS EVEN WORSE,” says the Express on its front apge. This is the crisisiest petrol crisis ever.

Just how bad it is is can be found in the Star where news is that Pete Doherty can’t afford to fill up his car.

Says Doherty, by way of a speech bubble: “It’s cheaper to buy smack.”

You’re on, Pete. Crisis, what crisizzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted: 17th, June 2008 | In: Celebrities, Money, Tabloids | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Police Log: Delivery Man Wears £85,000 Watch

IF you are going to steal, try not to make your theft stand out:

A delivery worker who stole a luxury watch priced at 18 million yen was arrested Saturday after an acquaintance became suspicious when he saw the worker wearing it and alerted his workplace, police said.

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Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

John McCain’s Credit Card Statement

ON John McCain’s new Senate Financial Disclosure Form, voters can wodner about his fiscal policy:

The bulk of the McCains’ obligations stemmed from a pair of American Express credit cards that are held in Cindy McCain’s name. According to the disclosure reports, which present information on debts in a range rather than providing a precise figure, Mrs. McCain owed $100,000 to $250,000 on each card.

Says JTaplin: “I know what American Express charges for interest on a Platinum Card. A fiscally responsible household should probably sell some of the million of Anheuser-Busch stock they own and stop paying that 17% ARP on $500,000 worth of Amex charges.”


Posted: 16th, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Beat The Petrol Crisis With A SatNav

walk-petrol.gifTHE Express uses its front page to announce: “EMPTY SHELVES – this was the bleak scene in Spain yesterday. Now Britain faces the same misery as petrol strike is on.”

Above the headline, and the picture of what may the only British shopper not buying booze in a Spanish supermarket, is the offer: “WIN A TOMTOM IQ SATNAV.”



Posted: 13th, June 2008 | In: Money, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Spanish Property Developers Threaten To Sue Greenpeace

Greenpeace hits Spanish porpertty prices:

A group of real estate developers and property owners in La Manga del Mar Menor – a spit of sandy, low-lying coastal land and Murcia’s premier beach resort – are threatening to take Greenpeace to court over its graphic predictions of what global warming may do to the area, which they say have caused house prices to plummet.

The lawsuit, which the plaintiffs plan to present unless Greenpeace agrees to an out of court settlement of almost EUR 30 million in damages, comes more than six months after La Manga featured prominently in a photo book published by the environmental organisation that was intended to shock Spain into action on climate change.

As Tim Blair says: “They’ve successfully shocked developers and property owners into legal action. Mission accomplished, Greenpeace.”


Posted: 12th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Women Lose Heads For Chick Lit

BOOKSLUT points out the latest fashion for the covers of chick-lit books: girls with no heads. Hurrah!


Posted: 11th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

School Of The Bleeding Obvious

begging_online.jpgFROM the office Of The Commonwealth Secretariat:

“Most people are poor because they do not have money”

 – Prof. M.L. Gupta, Officer in charge of NSS (National Service Scheme) in the Punjab Engineering College


Posted: 11th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

What To Do With Your Old iPhone

A NEW iphone is coming. It’s the second coming for phone twats:

The word on the street from my shadowy hipster associates is that the thing to do is jailbreak the phone and then ebay it internationally to some country where the iPhone is not yet sold through a carrier. In those fabled lands, a jailbroken iPhone 1.0 is probably worth almost as much as you paid for it.

Everyone in Iraq will have one by Christmas

Posted: 9th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

George Bush Uses Power Of Persuasion TO Increase Oil Supply

bush_action_figure.jpgGEORGE Bush told the New York Times on June 28, 2000: Bush Would Use Power of Persuasion to Raise Oil Supply.

Gov. George W. Bush of Texas said today that if he was president, he would bring down gasoline prices through sheer force of personality, by creating enough political good will with oil-producing nations that they would increase their supply of crude.

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Posted: 8th, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Gordon Brown Ignore Daily Express Petrol Crusade

daily-express.jpg“BROWN BLOCKS OUR FUEL PETITION,” announces the Express on its front page.

“Gordon Brown yesterday banned our petition – demanding an immediate cut in fuel duty – from the No10 website.”

To the No.10 website and a hunt through rejected petitions for the Express’s cri de couer that so irked Gordon Brown.

Is it this one?

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to ensure that the 2p-a-litre fuel duty rise planned for October 1 is scrapped and that instead fuel duty is substantially cut – Submitted by Geoff Marsh of Daily Express

If so, Anorak notes that it was rejected not because the Express threatens the fabric of the country and makes Brown uneasy, but because: “It was similar to and/or overlaps with an existing petition or petitions.”

Or was it this petition, one rejected because “It contained false or incomplete name or address information:

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Posted: 7th, June 2008 | In: Money, Politicians, Tabloids | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Buy One Home Get Another Home Free

IN California you can buy one home and get the other home free:

In a sign of how difficult it is to sell new homes in Southern California right now, a San Diego developer is offering a “buy one, get one free” deal, pairing million-dollar homes with less expensive homes.

“We thought, ‘Why does it just have to be on Pop Tarts and restaurants? Why not buy one home, get one free,'” Dawn Berry of Michael Crews Development told 10 News in San Diego.

“Michael Crews Development is offering new, 2000-square foot cityscape row-homes worth $400,000 in Escondido for free — if you buy one Royal View Estate home in San Pasqual Valley starting at $1.6 million.  ‘You know it’s a straight-up legit deal; no prices have been increased, there are no hidden costs. Michael is just giving away a free home for people that buy at Royal View,’ said Berry.”


Posted: 4th, June 2008 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

A Chocolate Digestive Is Best For Business

bbc.jpgTHE Taliban will kill anyone with a British custard cream. But what chance of peace with a chocolate digestive?

The BBC reports – and this is the second most popular story on the BBC news site – that about four out of five UK businesses believe the type of biscuit they serve to potential clients could clinch the deal or “make it crumble”.

The Beeb noew takes PR-led market research for news and states that according to 1,000 business professionals quizzed by Holiday Inn the chocolate digestive is the top business biscuit, followed by shortbread and Hob Nobs.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2008 | In: Money | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Digital Content For Newspapers And The BBC

MARTIN Belam looks the newspapers and new media:

It also has to be said that the newspapers themselves have not been slow to move into producing video and audio content which is squeezing out smaller companies, for which the BBC required regulatory approval, and they did not. The BBC’s mp3 podcast downloads were a trial for a long time, and the protracted birth of the iPlayer was not solely down to poor management, but also included some enforced review processes. The Telegraph and The Guardian, meanwhile, can produce their podcasts and video and have them policed by, I guess, the PPC, but I don’t even know for sure if their rules of engagement cover that type of content yet.

Read on.


Posted: 2nd, June 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Italian Pork Strike

ANSA reports: “Pork strike set for June 1“…


Posted: 30th, May 2008 | In: Money | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

BA Fuel Costs Mean There’s No Getting Away From It All

airplane-fat-tax.jpg“FUEL ADDS EXTRA £872 TO HOLIDAY FLIGHTS,” announces the Express on its front page.

Know that: “Families hoping to flee the nightmare of spiralling household bills by escaping on holiday were dealt a new blow yesterday.”

What better way to escape household bills than by paying hotel bills? (Answers on a burning £50 note to the usual address)…

Posted: 30th, May 2008 | In: Money, Tabloids | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Petrol Price Crusade

crusader.png“NOW JOIN OVER OUR FUEL TAX CRUSADE,” announces the Express’ front page.

But the Daily Express’ famous Crusader masthead has not mutated into a lorry driver.

Perhaps it realises that cheaper petrol will mean more foreigners coming over in their high-powered Winnebegos..?

Posted: 29th, May 2008 | In: Money, Tabloids | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Meet A Mining Man

GOLD diggers meet Australian miners:

Meet a Mining Man, is to bring the two lovelorn groups together. It is targeted at fly-in, fly-out workers, who spend weeks at a time in dusty mining camps hundreds of miles from the nearest pub, let alone nightclub, with a severe dearth of female company.

Women wanted to live in middle of nowhere with dirty man – apply within…

Posted: 28th, May 2008 | In: Money | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

A Free Hangdun With Every New Car

MAX Muller of Max Motors in Butler, Missouri, says sales have quadrupled since he started offering a free hand gun with every car sold.


Customers can choose between a gun or a $250 (£125) petrol card, but only two customers have taken the gas card.

Says Mr Muller: “We’re just damn glad to live in a free country where you can have a gun if you want to.”

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Posted: 28th, May 2008 | In: Money, Online-PR | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Iraq War: Give All Iraqi Families £1.5million

THE Iraq War costs:

For the price of the Iraq war, you could instead have distributed suit cases full of 1.5 million dollars to each family living in Iraq at the time the war began.

How many hearts and minds would that win over? Isn’t that what it’s all about?


Posted: 27th, May 2008 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

The Oil Price Bubble

oil.bmpOIL price rises. Discuszzzz.

Oh, come on, the price of oil is shooting up faster then Pete Doherty strapped to a fireworks. It’s interesting stuff.

Before the bank holiday, US light, sweet crude gained 99 cents to $133.18, while London Brent added $1.21 to $132.78.

Up and up and up it goes, where it stops, no-one knows. Well, not quite. The oil price goes up and it goes down. There is much volatility in the market.

US crude rose to $135.09 on Thursday but profits were taken and the price fell back to $130.81.

Of course, if people are selling, then people are buying. The market may have fallen back by over 4 cents a barrel, but it then shot up once more.

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Posted: 27th, May 2008 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0