This coming Sunday, a bunch of financial services employees will participate in a charity decathlon to “determine Wall Street’s best athlete.” The competition features ten events which include pull-ups, a 400 meter dash, a vertical jump and bench pressing and is only open to those who work in the industry. The money raised will benefit Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong Foundation and go toward funding cancer research. Speaking of which: who wants to finding a cure for the disease and who could take it or leave it? The events organizers have helpfully broken things down on their site. Read more »

“I cannot explain why I did this, it is completely out of character and I certainly did not intend to cause any distress to Lola or her owners,” Mary Bale, the woman who threw a Tabby cat in the trash last week, said. “It was a split second of misjudgment that has got completely out of control.” Miss Bale said she was just walking home on Saturday when she saw the cat and decided to play with it. But she told the Sun that she “suddenly thought it would be funny” to put it in the bin. “I did it as a joke because I thought it would be funny. I never thought it would be trapped, I expected it to wriggle out,” she said. A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “This is now an RSPCA case. Mary Bale has been interviewed by an RSPCA inspector and a full file is being compiled and will be sent for review by the prosecutions department.” While Miss Bale admitted she should not have done it, she said she did not deserve to be ‘hated’ by everyone and assumed the cat would find its own way out of the bin. Her mother also insisted the unmarried bank clerk “loved cats”- and had even kept them as pets as a child. [DM via BI]

Hire the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to stand behind your desk and do a little dance every time you put on a trade. Host midget-themed pool parties. Hunt and embalm endangered species. Have sausages named after you.

Celebrity endorsement works, at least if the celebrity involved is a glamorous sportsman like Usain Bolt, who yesterday announced the biggest deal ever, to help Puma flog its pumps and T-shirts. But can you really imagine Crispin Odey, the permanently pin-striped hedge fund guru, as a brand ambassador? Well, he is. The new branch of the Union Market organic grocery store in Fulham – a company that is run by Odey’s pal Tony Bromovsky, and which the fund manager has invested in – has added an “Odey Sausage” to its range, made from prime Middle White rare breed pork.


  • 11 Aug 2010 at 11:32 AM

Layoffs Watch ’10: Barclays

The previously rumored layoffs at BarCap, expected to affect 7% of the global staff, are apparently going down circa now in New York. That’s all the info we have right at the moment.

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  • 05 Aug 2010 at 12:15 PM

Drunk British Bankers Are Awesome

  • 26 Jul 2010 at 2:33 PM

Bonus Watch ’10: Barclays Capital

Think of Dick Fuld, and realize it could be worse. Read more »