On Cosmopolitan…

Oh, and further Econowisdom: you should know that the magazine has a strict house style, and that one aspect of that is that each introduction of a brand or corporate name includes a brief description of the name’s goal or function, generally following a formula like:

  • Viacom, a big media group…
  • Lehman Brothers, a large investment bank …
  • AIG, the world’s biggest insurer …

…and after a while this format (perhaps cliché?) becomes an opportunity for them to poke a little fun, hence:

  • Michael Howard, the Conervative party leader, had an intimate chat with the readers of Cosmopolitan, a magazine that offers young women advice on how to get their dream man.

On Reorganisation…

Marvellous opening quote from The Economist this week:

“WE TEND to meet any new situation in life by reorganising,” Petronius Arbiter, a 1st-century Roman satirist, is supposed to have remarked. “And what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”

…for an opening set of articles about the intelligence services in the UK and US, and the political pressures upon them to reform.

Somehow the quote just seems so very applicable generally.

Gardeners snap up black hyacinths

Gardeners snap up black hyacinths

Anyone else here remember Edge of Darkness?