January 2016

David Parkin on banking on Steve Cram and a night with a Blue Nun in Frankfurt

WHEN it comes to great British athletes, after Sebastian Coe (he’s a bit busy at the moment), they don’t come much bigger than Steve Cram. So I was delighted to get the news that the Olympic runner turner top TV commentator has agreed to take part in this year’s Lord’s Taverners Balloon Debate on the …

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David Parkin on eccentricity and bitterness and looking forward to a legal high

YORKSHIRE used to pride itself on being the global capital for eccentrics. I’ve been so worried that the bragging rights on bonkers people may be slipping away from this region that I’ve been doing an informal survey of existing and some new eccentrics in these parts. There’s the tramp that plays a penny whistle and …

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David Parkin on the scrabble for YABL, an English rugby winner and chatting with Yoda

THERE aren’t many corporate dinners in the business calendar that you look forward to going to. Getting an invite to the Leeds Law Society annual dinner or a do for members of the ICAEW (it’s for accountants, but these days it is terribly unfashionable for an organisation to explain what the initials stand for) is …

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David Parkin on top spot at Marks and Spencer and a non-existent New Year

MARKS and Spencer insists that the decision of chief executive Marc Bolland to “retire” in April is not linked to the fall in clothing sales that was also announced yesterday. It probably wasn’t. A man doesn’t leave just because sales of general merchandise (mainly clothes) were down by 5.8% over the three months up to …

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