week it has been...
Monday, as you'll see from the last entry, started with another train
ride to London. After arrival, it was ominously quiet in the office as
the firm's share price sank ever lower.
In real life, the day finished with a haircut before I went to Wembley
to watch the news on tv and be amazed at what I was watching.
Tuesday. That was another day at work. In the evening, a risk
management association event to tell us about risks in the delivery of
the Olympic project in advance of 2012, something we went on to read
about in the papers later in the week.
Wednesday. I could not stay late at the office as I had to compete in
the Area Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests. In the speech
contest, I felt I had a chance after hearing the others: a lady
speaking about her experience with online dating agencies was the most
threatening competition. I won it, and will compete in the Divisional
final (i.e. London) on 22 October.
Thursday evening and I was out for a meal and a talk with Lis, a
friend of Viv's from university. I hadn't seen Lis since David was a
We covered many wide-ranging topics, spending a lot of time talking
about cancer, our experiences and people's reaction to it. Lis's
husband John almost died from cancer a number of years ago. All in
all, however, it was a good evening and I don't wish to wait another
19 years for a repeat.
By Friday night, I was well ready to go home. Saturday was spent in
the morning at Alder Hey, as Christopher had more chemotherapy poisons
pumped into him, while in the afternoon we went to the debut of Messy
Church. The evening was quieter. Christopher was tired.
Sunday: the usual, with Isaac's fourth birthday party in the
afternoon. After that, a walk to church for the evening service.
And overnight, the news that RBS, HBOS and LTSB are going to have an
enormous injection of capital from the Government, and that Goodwin
will be leaving, possibly also joined by Hornby and Blank.
Elsewhere, RBNZ has announced that they are making a U-turn on what
has been a major plank of their policy: that depositor protection will
lead to moral hazard, as banks take risks that they would otherwise
not have taken because of the state safety net. And now, they announce
free insurance for retail depositors up to $5bn and at 10bp per anum
(sic) after that.
So it is with a heavy heart that I travel from Bromborough to Chester,
Crewe, Stafford, Euston and Liverpool Street.
The problem from beginning to end stems from greed, but I'm not sure
that many have made the obvious theological connection.