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  • The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach

    As you probably know there are a good many things that can raise my hackles — watered down whiskey, rude drivers, loud crowds at the cricket etc. But nothing quite ruffles my feathers as much as leaving a meal with a less than full stomach.

    • 31 Jul 2014
  • Banking world offers a rude awakening

    Bankers have a reputation for being pretty rude and arrogant, and, in some instances, probably with justification. But just how combative some of them can be came as a shock to me this week.

    • 24 Jul 2014
  • On a sticky wicket? Asia’s the place to be

    Taipan popped back in the UK this week as it wouldn’t be summer if I didn’t spend a few days at Lord’s watching England being beaten at cricket by one of the former colonies — talk about the Empire Strikes Back. It also provided me with a chance to drink proper pints of bitter and catch up with my old chums who I started on the trading floor with.

    • 17 Jul 2014
  • The new ABC, or where I draw the line

    I rarely find myself involved with scandal these days but that’s not to say I didn’t encounter my fair share in my youth. After all-night parties at the China Club, I’d be on my sixth espresso and at my desk by 7:30am. Let’s just say there were whole deals I couldn’t remember the next day.

    • 10 Jul 2014
  • First world problems

    I often think it’s an accumulation of the small things that brings a man down. The Sunday paper arriving with the motoring section missing, finding there are no Nespresso capsules left, an overcooked steak at lunch, that sort of thing.

    • 03 Jul 2014