The onset of the winter chill reminds me, ruefully, that my last blog was back in the summer months - a lifetime ago.
You can spend the next two years of your life as a radiator or a drain. Bring warmth, appeal and charisma to people around you in any given room, or drain them of all interest and make yourself forgotten by being unimpressive, inconsequential and undistinguished, much like the sorry Mr Cellophane (Chicago).
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SOCIAL networking websites could be doing more good than harm to children, by improving their attitude to writing, research suggests.
I DON'T know if Rick Moranis does political comedy. Perhaps he should consider it.
NEVER have so many had the right to be so angry with so few. That, in cod Churchillian terms, is what new Royal Bank of Scotland chairman Sir Philip Hampton, is saying today.
AS Obama, Broon & Co set about solving the financial crisis gripping the planet, the Footsie has shot back through the 4,000 mark this morning.
THE conspiracy theorists have added some colour to the controversy over Dunfermline Building Society's merger with Nationwide. But they're coming at it from opposite sides and from a flawed perspective.
FORMER house building giant Barratt brought the spotlight to bear on the stricken housing sector today with news of losses in the six months to end December soaring to £592 million against a profit previously of £195 million. The figure includes a writedown of £494 million on the value of its land bank.
TODAY'S news that struggling sportswear group JJB is shedding more than 400 staff would suggest that conditions remain resolutely grim.
GREED is good, we were once told by a fictional corporate raider. The Gordon Gekko creed of greed is one of the most famous of all film speeches, brilliantly played by Michael Douglas.
THE near-collapse of the banks was bound to prompt calls for an inquiry but it is clear that some want to make an example of the bank bosses and force them to pay for their misdemeanours - quite literally.
THANK you very much, Friends Provident. After years of paying me a paltry annual bonus (little more than £8 a year - not even enough for a decent lunch at Starbucks) the firm has cut payouts on its with-profits policies by 20%. That's just in time for my 20-year policy to mature next month.
GORDON Brown's £500m pump-priming exercise today to try and prevent a long-term underclass of unemployable people being the legacy of the nascent recession has polarised opinion.
IT looks as if the Financial Services Authority has managed to find a compromise on the short-selling issue that should help settle a few nerves.
'WE CAN assure customers their retail deposits are safe with Bradford & Bingley.' 'HBOS is a very well-capitalised bank.' 'Northern Rock does not have funding difficulties.'
It is, supposedly, the most ideological government in what we still call the Western World.
YOU can have too much of a good thing, can't you? We're now reaching that point with business trading updates. Might seem a strange thing for a business reporter to say, but information overload is setting in.
SEEN many 58 plate motors on the road? Thought not.
IF yesterday's package of measures won't do much to help the housing market, what will? And if we let house prices fall to their "equilibrium level", how much lower will that be?
WELL, the government had to do something. And removing the burden of stamp duty from thousands of homebuyers will be seen as a good thing. Except that it will not make that much difference.