A photograph very similar to the one at right appeared on the cover of one of Britain’s national newspapers today, and perfectly illustrates a point I’ve made before: namely that umbrellas are a useless defence against snow.
Almost half of the British Isles is further north than Moscow, yet many of the British still have no idea how to cope with winter weather.
Directors at Jessops are contractually bound to receive as little as a week’s payoff if they are fired after a big fall in the company’s share price, according to the camera equipment retailer’s annual report.
The clause, which was agreed by Jessops’ two executive directors when the company floated in November, has been hailed as an “innovative approach” by corporate governance campaigners to tackle the issue of directors being rewarded for failure.
Carly Fiorina will be paid a $21.4m severance package after being fired as chief executive of Hewlett-Packard last week. She will also be able to keep her computer and receive free tech support for three months.
Only three months? It’s a good thing she got the cash.
In fact, music has recently been rejuvenated in our kitchen with the arrival of a BT Voyager Digital Music Player. Sitting simply in the corner, it allows us to listen to anything our computer can play on CD, MP3, or stream via the Internet. Consequently, I’ve been listening to NPR and the CBC a lot recently.
What is the total number of music files on your computer?
No idea. Does it matter? It’s quality that counts.
The last CD you bought?
Shortly after Christmas I heard a discussion on CBC Radio about the best Canadian albums of 2004. One of those mentioned was My Favorite Distraction by Coral Egan. Think Sarah McLachlan crossed with Joni Mitchell.
What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?
Trouble from the album of the same name by Ray LaMontagne.
Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.
Jack Reardon and Sacha Distel’s The Good Life as performed by Betty Carter on Look What I Got!
Al Jarreau’s interpretation of Lennon and McCartney’s She’s Leaving Home is a marvel, as I’ve said before.
Corcovado as performed by Astrud Gilberto, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tommy Williams, Milton Banana and Stan Getz. It’s the epitome of cool.
Once in a Lifetime by Aretha Franklin from the album Yeah! Aretha Franklin in Person — a great preformance recorded live at a nightclub in 1965. The crowd obviously doesn’t realize that the young Aretha will become the undisputed Queen of Soul. At one point you can clearly hear a young woman let out an indignant “ouch!” as if she’s just been pinched, and during the next song a man whistles the theme music to the Twilight Zone. Philistines!
Softly, William, Softly from the album Concord on a Summer Night by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. A magical song-without-words on an atmospheric live recording.
Who are you going to pass this stick to and why?
Anyone who reads this post and cares enough to reciprocate; because they obviously care.
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