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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Garrulous Jay – Shippam vs. Tyson

The Garrulous Jay – Shippam vs. Tyson

“Everybody has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.” So, famously, said Mike Tyson ahead of his fight with Evander Holyfield in November 2006. This oft-quoted line was intended by Tyson to...

The Garrulous Jay – 2021: A SPAC Oddity

The Garrulous Jay – 2021: A SPAC Oddity

African Gold, Velocity, Fusion II, Warrior, Flame, SilverBox, Gores VIII…and the list goes on. But what are they? Concept albums by Seventies supergroups? Names of spacecraft? Street vernacular for...

The Garrulous Jay – Gender Disadvantage

The Garrulous Jay – Gender Disadvantage

In 2011 women made up just 12.5% of FTSE-100 companies’ Boards, and 9.5% for the FTSE-250. As the final report of the Hampton-Alexander Review disclosed last week, the corresponding figures for 2020...

The Garrulous Jay – Queen Bee

The Garrulous Jay – Queen Bee

On the 11th February 31 year-old Whitney Wolfe Herd became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire when the company she founded just over six years ago, Bumble Inc., floated on the US...

The Garrulous Jay – Authenticity

The Garrulous Jay – Authenticity

On the 21st May 2016 Hibernian beat Rangers 3-2 in the Scottish Cup Final to win the trophy for just the second time in the Club’s history. Their previous victory had come 114 years earlier. What...

The Garrulous Jay – Caught Short

The Garrulous Jay – Caught Short

I have a great idea for my own movie. It’s an improbable high stakes David versus Goliath financial thriller, with a twist in the tail. I’m going to call it Caught Short.Here’s how it goes… A...

The Garrulous Jay – The Italian Job

The Garrulous Jay – The Italian Job

The Italian Job is one of my favourite feel-good films. The tale of Charlie Crocker’s audacious plan to steal $4 million in gold bullion, whilst avenging the death of his friend Roger Beckermann at...

The Garrulous Jay – Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540)

The Garrulous Jay – Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540)

I have just finished reading The Mirror and The Light, the third book in Hilary Mantel’s magnificent and meticulously researched fictional trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell. As I read...

The Garrulous Jay – Try January

The Garrulous Jay – Try January

This January I thought I would try something new, so I bought myself three bottles of non-alcoholic spirits. As well as satisfying my own curiosity, I thought it would help me stay a little ‘drier’...

The Garrulous Jay – I Believe In Unicorns

The Garrulous Jay – I Believe In Unicorns

In November 2013 serial seed-stage investor and founder of Venture Capital company Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, wrote an article for Techcrunch.com entitled, “Welcome To The Unicorn Club:...

The Garrulous Jay – Twelve Snowflakes

The Garrulous Jay – Twelve Snowflakes

In keeping with the spirit of the season, this week The Garrulous Jay brings you twelve snowflakes...1/ Snowflake - A small agglomeration of water crystals that falls from the sky in...

The Garrulous Jay – Wealth Attax

The Garrulous Jay – Wealth Attax

A well-designed one-off wealth tax would raise a total of £260 billion at a rate of 5% over £500,000 per individual...payable at 1% per year over five years. (Source: “A wealth tax for the UK”,...