I’m Giving You a Long Look

Tough news week. Two first hand accounts of 15 April 1989 here and here. On my Spotify, an evocative, Beatles-free Scouse playlist:

1. Elvis Costello, ‘Every Day I Write the Book’
2. The Christians, ‘Ideal World’
3. Lotus Eaters, ‘The First Picture of You’
4. Echo and the Bunnymen, ‘Seven Seas’
5. Flock of Seagulls, Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)
6. China Crisis, ‘Black Man Ray’
7. Black, ‘Wonderful Life’
8. Frankie Goes to Hollywood, ‘Born to Run’
9. Gomez, ‘Whippin Piccadilly’
10. The La’s, ‘There She Goes’


Superior Company Lunch

Slow Grilled Mustard Rubbed Pork Loin, Brown Basmati Rice & Quinoa, White Wine Braised Tempeh, Heirloom Tomato Macadamia Caprese. Prepped by the inhouse chef at Airbnb (see previous) on June 6. The jammy beggars. More on tech companies’ free staff lunches here.

Today, we’ve just had our quarterly meeting: pizza followed by cakes from M&S. I can have no complaints.

A Great Weekend

25˚ and shorts; Dad staying; pansies from Greaty; boules and the Palm House in Sefton Park; Lark Lane: ice cream from the Moon & the Pea deli, Chicken Ali Nazik at Elif; Duchamp’s toilet, Andy Tuohy’s A-Z and and the family room at the Tate; toddling round Albert Dock; coffee by the wheel; fantasising about a 7-bed Georgian villa on Hadassah Grove; calm at Ikea; Black Pudding Lobbing at Ramsbottom; rocking horse from the car boot; East Lancs steam trains; fish finger sandwiches & white choc Magnum;  en suite windows finished; warm-water paddling pool and early conkers on the Meade with Rae; Mel’s homework; bbq chicken and red cabbage ‘slaw by candlelight; slow jams.

Mr. Anti-Avarice, Fighting Greed

I think the best term for many people’s unease with the workings of the global economy is not anti-capitalist, but anti-avarice. Howard Cooper is the antidote to greedy bankers.

After a lifetime of work he sold his business on the provisor that the new owners retain his staff. He then gave staff $1,000 for every year worked.

“I wanted to thank my employees and that was a way I could do it. I hope it makes a difference in their lives like they have made in mine.”

Howard is one of the good guys. Gekko’s Nemesis.