Monthly Archives: January 2008

Rogue trader hides losses in batches of wonderfully fresh croissant

The Daily Mash has an interesting take on why Jerome Kerviel got into rogue trading to a loss of $7 billion – it’s those crazy French and their 30 hour working weeks that drove him to it.  Poor soul.  

Friends of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel last night blamed his $7 billion losses on unbearable levels of stress brought on by a punishing 30 hour week.

Kerviel was known to start work as early as nine in the morning and still be at his desk at five or even five-thirty, often with just an hour and a half for lunch.One colleague said: “He was, how you say, une workaholique. I have a family and a mistress so I would leave the office at around 2pm at the latest, if I wasn’t on strike.

“But Jerome was tied to that desk. One day I came back to the office at 3pm because I had forgotten my stupid little hat, and there he was, fast asleep on the photocopier.

“At first I assumed he had been having sex with it, but then I remembered he’d been working for almost six hours.”

Lita often feels like tricking her boss out of all his lunch money, but is unfortunately too busy testing French wines pulling 50 hour weeks to get a tricky rogue plan together.

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And the Oscar goes to … Evil eye baby

Watch for this kid in the future.  He can really act.

You’ll get the hang of it

This nifty idea is perfick for those who are lucky enough to live in one of A-land’s luscious 50sqm apartments.  Or maybe some of our teenier restaurants could do with this design so we have somewhere to put our bags and hang our jackets in le winter.

The Chair Wardrobe, a Red Dot 2007 design winner, lets you hang your clothes, then take a seat.  And it’s orange!

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Got that Monday feeling on a Tuesday?

This vid and clever little ditty makes Lita sad.  Thank eff for the little laugh at the end.

Do not swallow chewing gum

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Reporting from the burning front

In the good ole ’90s Drop the Dead Donkey was a dry satirical sitcom in the UK.  This clip shows the perils that field reporters have to face in the line of duty.

Stand Up against whaling

This gig looks the shiznuts … Lita hopes to attend and help save le whales.

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New Zealand’s only Japanese stand-up comedian, Hiroshi Nakatsuji, has teamed up with fellow comedians and Greenpeace to put on a protest comedy show. It would be great if you could come along, have a laugh and support the whales.

The Lucky Golden Whales event will take place at The Classic, in Auckland, on January 29. It will be MC’d by seasoned international comedian Mark Scott, and the line up includes Simon McKinney (Best Comedian of the Year 2007), Mike Loder (Billy T Award winner 2000), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (Billy T Award winner 2006) and world championship winning Improv Bandits.

When Hiroshi put the email out to other comedians asking for involvement, the support was so overwhelming that in the end only a small percentage of respondents could be used in the show. The comedians are working for free and director Scott Blanks has donated the Classic for the event. All proceeds will go to Greenpeace.

“What I hope this event demonstrates is that the whaling issue is not just for NGO’s and governments, but for literally everybody, even comedians! It would be great to see people in other industries – say librarians or builders – expressing their concerns in their own unique ways too.”

What: LUCKY GOLDEN WHALES.
An hilarious comedy night featuring some of New Zealand’s funniest comedians in support of the anti-whaling movement.
Where: Classic Comedy & Bar, 321 Queen Street
When: 29 Jan 2008
Start Time: 8pm
Donation: $25
Bookings: (09) 3734321

Make sure you book as only 120 seats available.