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The Guard – and a good cinema

Contains very strong language, strong violence, sex references and drug use, said the warning on the cinema website. I didn’t think that sounded like my kind of film, but “The Guard” is very funny and even quite touching. It is a story about an Irish village cop and a straight-laced FBI agent, and their fight […]

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Korea Customs Service investigation

Fraud allegations by the Korea Customs Service against a company involved in the chemicals sector have prompted speculation among players, after an article in the Korean press, but who it is remains a mystery.

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Marc Rich – The Movie

Crime and punishment do not go together in the case of former fugitive billionaire oil trader Marc Rich. Pardoned by President Bill Clinton for crimes of tax evasion and illegal oil trading with Iran, he is now living out an old age of luxury and philanthropy in Switzerland.   He was once a resident of […]

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French thriller Spiral – lessons for corporate life

The French TV crime series “Engrenages” (Spiral), now coming to a nail-biting close on UK TV, is a graphic display of all the kinds of dysfunctional behaviour which are expressly forbidden in any sane company’s Code of Conduct.   Setting aside all the obvious differences between French crime-fighting and everyday corporate life as we know […]

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Drunk oil trader joins Starsupply

The drunken oil trader who lost his employer $10 million in a binge of unauthorized trading (see original ICIS news article) was back in the news this week as he had his day in court. Steve Perkins, formerly of PVM Oil Futures, was fined £72,000 by the Financial Services Authority, but what caught the Blog’s […]

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“Lycra louts” targeted by Westminster Council

I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw that a new hate figure was being vilified in the UK national press today: the “Lycra lout”.   No doubt a close relative of the “lager lout”, the badly behaving Lycra-clad city cyclist now enters the demonology of our times.   London’s Westminster Council will be targeting […]

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