Former copper Keith Hellawell, the Clouseau-esque chairman of store Sports Direct, will awaken the day after today with 51 weeks to save his job. That’s fifty-one weeks more than most outdoor Sports activities Direct’s boardroom reckon he deserves, but console yourselves with how a lot of fun it’s going to be watching him strive. Impartial shareholders ultimately voted for Hellawell to go last week, after a string of disregarded operating-practices scandals detonated properly under the previous chief constable’s nose. Still, majority proprietor Mike Ashley helps Hellawell so that he can remain in publishing for now. He’s promised to stop in a yr if his bumbling keeps. That changed into illustrated once more ultimate week while Hellawell admitted ignoring proof of damaging practice because he’d been fed nonsense by using the company.
“We had been acting at the statistics we had,” he said. “Considered one of the largest disappointments is we discovered that information becomes no longer accurate.”
This is a man who changed into no longer handiest formerly One in all our maximum senior policemen; however, who also once reportedly turned down a risk to give BBC’s Landscape (at £10,000 a pop) due to the fact “he changed into now not organized to hold forth on topics wherein he had no information”. That now appears extra like pricing trouble. He gets £155,000 a year at Sports activities Direct – at the least for any other 51 weeks.
Cash or plastic? Wait, they’re each plastic now.
Offering Sir Winston Churchill, a brand new plastic £5 word, will begin performing at the high street this week.
The banknotes will input move on Tuesday and will be revealed on polymer – which is visible as a cleanser, extra cozy, and more potent. They will also function Churchill’s quote: “I’ve nothing to provide but blood, toil, tears and sweat” – underneath the photo of the wartime leader frequently idea to first-rate depict his stubborn characteristics.
but does the portrait – firstly taken by the photographer Yousuf Karsh – truly display Churchill’s bulldog spirit, or simply his legendary temper? Karsh took the photo in 1941 while Churchill visited the Canadian Residence of Commons. In a ambitious move at some stage in the shoot, the photographer snatched a cigar from Churchill’s mouth. “By the point I was given returned to my camera,” Karsh later recalled, “he appeared so belligerent he could have gobbled me.”
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Financial institution governor Mark Carney puts it more easily: “As he said, ‘a state that forgets its past has no future. Our banknotes are repositories of the UK’s collective memory, and, like Churchill, our new polymer notes will stand the test of time.”
Ashley ought to do with a telecoms upgrade.
Again with Mike Ashley, the billionaire subjected himself to a ridicule search in Sports activities Direct’s warehouse last week as part of his attempts to show how he’s genuinely much like his underpaid body of workers. Memorably, the rich person emptied his pockets of a massive wad of £50 notes, in addition to a rather historic-looking cell cellphone.
Ashley’s pal (and fellow saint of the excessive street), Sir Philip Inexperienced, is likewise a fan of using communications equipment designed for a bygone age (vocabulary and hardware) – which, as a combination, begins to seem like an excellent purpose to make sure you’ve were given modern kit.
They’ll be even greater stress along those lines this week when Apple starts offevolved promoting its state-of-the-art iPhone – the twelfth iteration in its series. That’s why it will be referred to as iPhone 7.
The new telephone, which has a starting charge of £599, may be water-resistant and will come with all sorts of new features, inclusive of no headphone socket – a thoughtful addition for that target market who like listening to songs and movies and experiences they haven’t pretty spent enough on upgrading already.
Ashley, of course, incorporates sufficient Cash to modernize at once, although the shape in his warehouse shows he prefers different manual methods. He was calling up a lackey to do his internet searches, as an instance.