Category Archives: Money

The problem with football

Silly question, I know, but why was Sam Allardyce being paid £3 million a year in the first place? Couldn’t he have got by on a little less? Shouldn’t it be an honour to be England manager? Stan Collymore has … Continue reading

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Apple days

Daily life in Savile Row. From Philip Norman’s new biography of Paul McCartney [B]y far the greatest extravagance was that of the Beatles themselves. Whenever John and Yoko were expected, Beluga caviar had to be fetched from Fortnum & Mason … Continue reading

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The new capital

I spent most of last weekend walking and cycling around central London. A chance to get reacquainted. Strolling along the Embankment was a joy, but only as long as I didn’t let my eyes linger on the anonymous towers that … Continue reading

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Why would you want your children to build sandcastles?

When you can pay someone to build them instead? “Youngsters will even be able to assist the butler in creating their sandcastle…” 

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The Greek Minister of Awesome

  Another angle (slightly rude) on the Eurozone crisis. German satire rules! [HT: Tyler Cowen]

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Kanye West: having his cake & eating it

Consumerism is the enemy, sort of. From his speech to students at Oxford earlier this week:

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Amazon – friend or foe?

Franklin Foer lays out the case for the prosecution in the New Republic: In confronting what to do about Amazon, first we have to realize our own complicity. We’ve all been seduced by the deep discounts, the monthly automatic diaper … Continue reading

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Being Stephen Fry

Everything he touched, etc, etc… Lynn Barber reviews [£] his latest volume of memoirs: Thanks to the success of his musical, Me and My Girl (1984), he was rich from his mid-twenties and able to buy a large house in … Continue reading

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On Wall Street

I’m really looking forward to reading Michael Lewis’s latest, “Flash Boys”. Here he is, talking to the New Republic’s Isaac Chotiner: IC: I was wondering how spending so much time with Wall Street people and on Wall Street has changed you ideologically. … Continue reading

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Getting into the property market early

File under plutocracy… A Chinese mother buys a $6.5 million apartment in Manhattan for her (very young) child: “We’re running around the city looking at things, and I finally said, ‘Why exactly are you buying?’” broker Kevin Brown, of Sotheby’s … Continue reading

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