Browsing All posts tagged under »european union«

Quantitative easing, 3rd century BC style

July 22, 2011


Dionysius the Elder was sort of a dick, really. It’s what you’d expect from the ruler of a city-state (Syracuse) that allied itself with Sparta and Corinth, both of whom prioritised the state over the people. They pretty much tortured male children in order to ensure that they became good soliders; huge numbers of female […]

Six things you didn’t want to know about gas

July 8, 2010


I’ve learnt an awful lot of things about the natural gas market in the short time that I’ve been working for a gas trading consultancy, which I personally find interesting and strange. You probably won’t, which is why this blogpost is called exactly what it is. Without further ado, then, here are six things you […]

How rumours of a ban on Nutella sent Italians mad

July 3, 2010


I first lost my heart in Italy. It was a sultry day in Sorrento and the sun had just gone down. I was wandering through the backstreets of the town, sliding over the cobbles in search of a cash machine. There was a taxi rank up ahead; I wandered up and in my best Italian […]