The Garrulous Jay – Own Goal

The Garrulous Jay – Own Goal

“If you’re going to be wrong, be wrong slowly.” So said a wise old salesman who took me aside during my first week as a stockbroker. How the would-be founders of football’s ill-fated European Super League must wish they had been the beneficiaries of his advice. The...
The Garrulous Jay – Copycaterpillar Thriller

The Garrulous Jay – Copycaterpillar Thriller

Cuthbert the Caterpillar has butterflies… Arch-rival Colin is claiming he’s a copycaterpillar cake, and his legal team at M&S want Cuthbert banned from the shelves of Aldi. Down at ASDA Clyde’s concerned; in Morrison’s Morris is morose; over at Sainsbury’s Wiggles...
The Garrulous Jay – Crash On Delivery

The Garrulous Jay – Crash On Delivery

Deliveroo shares had fallen 33% from the price at which they listed on the 31st March when the market closed yesterday. Some commentators have chosen to frame this as a catastrophe for ‘shareholder democracy’, as 70,000 retail investors have been carried out on the...
The Garrulous Jay – Three Fishermen And A Chemist

The Garrulous Jay – Three Fishermen And A Chemist

So, there were three fishermen and a chemist talking over the catch of the day in the Lancashire port of Fleetwood. But there was a problem: try as they might to relate their tales of ocean-going derring-do, the jolly mariners found themselves battling sore throats...
The Garrulous Jay – Broken Promise Machines

The Garrulous Jay – Broken Promise Machines

All businesses are promise machines. The contract between seller and buyer effectively involves the giving and receiving of a promise, whether the enterprise is manufacturing pins, leasing super-yachts, or indeed providing financial planning advice. The following are...
The Garrulous Jay – Health Warning

The Garrulous Jay – Health Warning

Health Warning – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that 1 in 500,000 people who receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be struck by lightning. Politicians are now advising people who have had the vaccine to stay indoors if it looks a...