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CONFUSION MOUNTS OVER
BANK BONUSES SUPER-TAX
BANKING Tim Linacre said the legislation had

BY VICTORIA BATES been “put together in a hurry and
without proper reflection”.
THE GOVERNMENT is today set to “Firms like us have received no gov-
bow to City fury by issuing a clarifica- ernment bailout, so why should we
tion on its super-tax on bank bonuses, not be allowed to compensate our
after being swamped by a deluge of staff appropriately, particularly when
queries from firms unsure if they will we have cut salaries across the board
be hit by the damaging levy. to weather the recession?” he said.
Confusion in the UK’s financial The news comes after it emerged
hub has been rising daily since last Barclays Capital, Barclays’ star-per-
Wednesday’s pre-Budget Report, when forming investment banking divi-
chancellor Alistair Darling revealed sion, had put on hold plans to boost
plans to swipe 50 per cent off every base salaries to compensate for the
discretionary bonus earmarked for dwindling bonus pool, pending more
bank staff before next April. information from the Treasury.
While the original parameters for Bob Wigley, the former Merrill
the tax seemed rigid enough – the Lynch banker who chaired the Wigley
report into London’s competitiveness
BBA’s Angela Knight says for London’s Mayor Boris Johnson,
that ambiguity over the said: “London is on a knife edge and
the situation is more precarious than
bonus tax rules has cre- at any point in my career.”
ated “extraordinary ten- The City’s concerns came as shad-
sions in the City”. ow chancellor George Osborne said
yesterday that he would not oppose
Treasury initially indicated it would the tax, despite Conservative London
affect only the 397 deposit-holding Mayor Boris Johnson warning it “could
banks and building societies which drive financial services overseas”.
currently hold a banking licence But he offered a sliver of hope for
from the Financial Services Authority, ((Left to right) Bob Wigley, Tim Linacre and George Osborne Pictures: REX, REUTERS the City by setting at rest fears this
as well as their subsidiaries – the City year’s tax could be repeated in 2011.
has been dismayed by ever-changing such as fund managers and insurers, BBA chief executive Angela Knight individual firms, the Treasury will “This is a one-year only tax,”
guidance from the government in the and for independent non-bank finan- said the ambiguity had caused “extra- today receive a missive from a consor- Osborne told the BBC.
days following the announcement. cial firms; more detail on how bonus- ordinary tensions” in the City, tium of eight leading independent “If you were permanently to
A statement from the government es will be policed at UK branches or adding: “There was an assumption stockbrokers, including Oriel impose some additional levy in the
today will address concerns put to it subsidiaries of foreign banks, for that if the government was going to Securities, Arden Partners, Panmure UK without trying to achieve [interna-
in writing last week by the British example where bonus payments are do something, they would have Gordon, Collins Stewart, Evolution, tional agreement]... then you would
Bankers’ Association (BBA). The group decided overseas; and how deferred worked it out first. It’s a mess.” Numis, Cenkos and Altium, demand- be running a serious risk with the
wants elucidation on the situation for share-based payments agreed under In addition to a panicked flurry of ing clarification of their position. competitiveness of the UK.”
non-banking entities owned by banks, G20 proposals should be taxed. written and verbal enquiries from Panmure Gordon chief executive ALLISTER HEATH: P2; BARCLAYS: P9

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People don’t come here for the weather NEWS | IN BRIEF
Gartmore lists at 220p per share
Fund management house Gartmore will
list on the stock exchange today at 220p
with each other as though they were 10 are overseas-born, hailing from the including the language and the cul- per share, significantly below the 270p
all of the same faith, and only apply US, France, Italy, Canada and tural attractions. But speak to success- mid-point it had hoped for. Gartmore’s
the word infidel to people who go Australia. There are more overseas- ful City folk from overseas and there is flotation is the first initial public offering
bankrupt. Here the Presbyterian trusts born bosses in FTSE 100 boardrooms much that they are also dissatisfied of a private-equity owned company
the Anabaptist and the Anglican than ever before – we are tapping the with: property prices, school fees, the since the onset of the credit crunch in
accepts a promise from the Quaker. world’s best and brightest. In fact, the health system, the binge drinking and 2007. While its share price will now
On leaving…some go to the Synagogue entire UK financial services industry much more. Moving to London was imply a market capitalisation of £676m
and others for a drink, this one goes to relies on foreign-born employees: of always a trade-off: people would come compared with its projected tag of
EDITOR’S LETTER be baptised in a great bath in the the 3.969m employed in banking, because they knew they would be bet- £800m a fortnight ago, the firm
name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost finance, insurance and other sub-sec- ter off and this outweighed many per- believes merely covering the IPO after
ALLISTER HEATH …and everybody is happy.” tors, 761,000 were born overseas, says ceived disadvantages. If the costs go the recent debt turmoil in Dubai and
To 18th century French readers, the Office for National Statistics. That on rising and the benefits are slashed, bond market jitters following the pre-
IN 1733, Voltaire, one of France’s great- such wonderful, peaceful trade-based proportion – 16 per cent – is higher thousands will leave. It is that simple. Budget Report is an achievement.
est thinkers, wrote a series of letters multiculturalism was unbelievably than in any other sector. It is also the case that – for histori-
on the English nation, describing eccentric; yet the City of London, at its High-end finance is even more cal and cultural reasons – the British Bankers destroy value
some of the extraordinary going-ons best, was always an open, outward- international – but that makes it espe- are far more likely to move abroad in Bankers destroy £7 of value for every
he had discovered during his exile to looking marketplace. Its renaissance, cially vulnerable to political attacks. search of better opportunities than pound they create, according to new
this country. The findings scandalised especially after Big Bang in 1988, went Many City workers packed their bags citizens of any other rich country. Go research by the New Economics
many of his French readers, then a hand in hand with an influx of for- once to move here; why would they to Mumbai, Abu Dhabi or New York Foundation. The research into the social
truly statist and anti-capitalist nation. eign capital and talent. Investment not do so again to move elsewhere? and see for yourself (the stats also sug- value of different jobs concluded that
“Go into the London Stock banks, hedge funds, private equity Many foreigners, especially those from gest this). Labour’s punitive new taxes hospital cleaners, for example, create
Exchange – a more respectable place and consultancies have the most America, France or Australia, will be will chase far more people and wealth more then £10 in value for every £1 they
than many a court – and you will see diverse staff in their London offices; forced to reconsider their career plans away – over the next few years, if not receive in pay.
representatives from all nations gath- others, such as the accountancy and if they find the 50p tax rate and the immediately – than the government Advertising executives and tax account-
ered together for the utility of men”, law firms, are gradually catching up. raid on bonuses too painful. It is a would have us believe. Voltaire would ants destroy even more of society’s
Voltaire wrote. “Here Jew, Take Barclays Capital: of its 12- case, I’m afraid, of follow the money. have been dismayed at our stupidity. wealth – £11.50 and £47 per £1 respec-
Mohammedan and Christian deal strong executive committee, around London holds many attractions, allister.heath@cityam.com tively.

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Q.
A.
Q & A : THE BANK BONUS TAX
WHICH FIRMS ARE CONCERNED
THEY MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE
BONUS TAX?
The Treasury originally said the
tax would only hit the 397
deposit-holding banks and building
societies which hold a banking
individuals contracted to a
foreign bank as well as a UK
subsidiary. It also seems that ?
banks will be retrospectively charged
if they temporarily hike salaries to
compensate for smaller bonuses,
although this is one area on which
Deputy Editor David Hellier licence from the Financial Services banks such as Barclays will be eager-
News Editor Ben Griffiths Authority, as well as their sub- ly awaiting clarification today.
Acting Night Editor David Crow sidiaries. However, the rules have
Features Editor Jeremy Hazlehurst since blurred; the Treasury has
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Alice Hepple
Gordon Brown might choose to call a snap election Picture: JASON ALDEN already stipulated that hedge funds
will not be subject to the tax, while Q. HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE
GUIDELINES ON BONUSES THAT

Tory lead narrows in poll
today’s announcement will seek to ARE ALREADY IN PLACE?
Commercial
Sales Director
Deputy Sales Director
Jeremy Slattery
Harry Owen
provide more detail on whether non-
bank subsidiaries of banking groups
will be affected, as well as whether
A. This is one of the key questions
to which the British Bankers’
Association hopes to get an answer
Head of Distribution Nick Owen non-banking financial groups such from HM Revenue & Customs today.
Distribution helpline as independent stockbrokers and The government is expected to clari-
POLITICS try’s fiscal deficit. asset management firms might be fy the position it will take in the case

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distribution@cityam.com benefited politically from the intro- implemented the guidance given by
THE chances of a hung Parliament duction of the banker bonus tax last the G20 on bonuses earlier in the
Editorial Statement
This newspaper adheres to the system of
looked that much greater yesterday,
after a poll from YouGov put Labour
just nine points behind the
week, even though it has provoked
fury in the City of London.
There was some good news for the
Q. IS THERE A WAY FOR COMPA-
NIES TO GET AROUND THE NEW
RULES?
year, which stipulates that a large
proportion of a bonus should be paid
out in shares which are deferred over
self-regulation overseen by the Press Complaints
Commission. The PCC takes complaints about the
editorial content of publications under the Editor’s
Conservatives, who registered 40 per
cent support.
The City is concerned that a nar-
Conservatives, though, with a second
poll (ComRes) giving the Tories a mas-
sive 17 per cent lead.
A. Accountants have described the
swoop on bonuses as “dracon-
ian” after identifying ways in which
3 years. Senior City figures are con-
cerned that if banks are expected to
pay 50 per cent tax on the deferred
Code of Practice, a copy of which can be found at
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WHAT THE OTHER PAPERS SAY THIS MORNING
THE SUNDAYS TODAY
GRANT BOVEY PARTNER SPENDS MIL- WIND FARMS FOR SECURITY NOT THE MPS PREPARE TO QUESTION DARLING
DEBENHAMS DIRECTORS GET LIONS TO SELL MANSION CLIMATE, SAYS E.ON RENEWABLES ON BANKERS’ BONUSES AND STATE
BUMPER PAYOUTS A former business associate of Grant GREECE WARNED TO ACT OVER CHIEF EXECUTIVE FRANK MASTIAUX BORROWING
Directors of Debenhams have Bovey, the failed buy-to-let entrepre- DEFAULT RISK Building wind farms is even more Bankers’ bonuses and spiralling gov-
received bumper payouts, despite the neur, is selling London’s largest river- Greece must announce bold initia- important for keeping the lights on ernment debt remain under the glare
retailer cutting its dividend payment side private house for £25m — twice tives in the next few days to rescue its than tackling global warming, accord- of the spotlight this week as Alistair
to shareholders last year. Rob as much as the 300-year-old mansion collapsing bond market and avert the ing to the chief executive of E.ON Darling faces fierce questioning by
Templeman, chief executive, saw his was expected to fetch before the prop- possibility of defaulting on a rising Renewables. At the Copenhagen cli- MPs over his Pre-Budget Report (PBR).
package increase by a third to £1.24m erty crash. James Taylor, who was a public debt, leading economists and mate change conference, Frank The Chancellor’s appearance before
after he was granted a bonus of director of Bovey’s Imagine Homes bankers warned on Sunday. George Mastiaux claimed that increasing the Commons Treasury Select
£428,073. Michael Sharp, deputy until summer 2008, is selling Gordon Papandreou, prime minister, will out- emphasis on renewables made sense Committee comes amid reports that
chief executive, saw his total package House, which he bought as a develop- line structural reforms on Monday from a commercial point of view. company directors are fleeing Britain
increase by 53pc to £968,644 after he ment opportunity in early 2007. aimed at cutting the budget deficit to avoid the 50 per cent tax rate,
was granted a bonus of £331,290. from 12.7 per cent to 3 per cent of HOBBYCRAFT SET TO BE SOLD FOR bankers are seeking legal advice on
BRITISH AIRWAYS SET FOR KEY gross domestic product in four years. £70M privacy and Barclays is to defer bonus-
BRITISH AIRWAYS SUBSIDIARY THE STRIKE BALLOT It is understood that Grant Thornton es for a year to try to beat the new
MILEAGE COMPANY SEES PRE-TAX British Airways is braced for the WHITE HOUSE PREDICTS JOBS has been appointed to advise the 39- windfall tax.
PROFITS FALL 19.4 PER CENT result of a strike ballot tomorrow that GROWTH store chain, which has benefited from
Pre-tax profits at The Mileage could lead to widespread disruption The US economy will start to add new the “make-do-and-mend” ethos of the WHITEHALL PLANS TO PRIVATISE
Company, the British Airways sub- of Christmas flights. The airline’s jobs by next spring, Lawrence credit crisis. The chain’s manage- QUARTER OF PUBLIC SECTOR
sidiary which runs its Airmiles 13,000 cabin crew are voting whether Summers, Barack Obama’s senior ment, led by chief executive Chris A plan to create at least two public-
rewards scheme, fell 19.4pc to £16.3m to take action in their longrunning economic adviser, said – the first time Crombie, is believed to be exploring a sector “outsourcing giants” — that
in the year to 31 March 2009, accord- dispute over pay, redundancies and the White House has predicted the buy-out from the company’s family could eventually be worth £4bn each
ing to its latest accounts. working conditions. return of jobs growth by April. owners. — is being studied by government.
CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009 News 3

London’s best sales
President Obama
was losing patience
with bankers yes-
terday

growth for 3 years
Picture: PA

general.


RETAIL
BY JAMES LINACRE “These figures show that London
retailers have had a very encouraging
LONDON enjoyed its best sales start to Christmas,” he said.
growth since October 2006, with cen- Joscelyne Hynard, BRC business
tral London retail sales for November information team senior analyst,
13.3 per cent higher on a like-for-like said: “Sterling’s weakness, although
basis than a year ago, according to less marked than last year, continued
the latest survey from the British to attract overseas visitors,” she said.
Retail Consortium (BRC) out today. Meanwhile the department store
“These are great figures,” said chain John Lewis reported its best
Stephen Robertson, BRC’s director ever sales performance last week.

Obama hits
out at fat cat
US bankers
struggling and out of work.

BANKING
BY JENNY FORSYTH “Some people on Wall Street still
don’t get it,” said Obama.
US PRESIDENT Barack Obama last The harsh criticism follows the
night lashed out at Wall Street House of Representatives’ approval
bankers, labeling them “fat cats” who on Friday of sweeping legislation that
“don’t get it”. would restrict the operations of big
Speaking on the eve of today’s banks and the the Federal Reserve.
meeting with top US bankers at the The bill aims to beef up financial
White House, Obama said he was regulation in the wake of last year’s
frustrated with the banks that the banking crisis. But it may not be
government had bailed out. enacted if a similar set of rules is not
“I did not run for office to be help- also passed by the Senate.
ing out a bunch of fat cat bankers on The proposals would give the gov-
Wall Street,” Mr. Obama told CBS’s 60 ernment power to:
Minutes. •break up even healthy companies
“You guys are drawing down if regulators believe they pose a risk
$10m, $20m bonuses after America to the system
went through the worst economic •collect $150bn in fees from the
year in decades and you guys caused big financial institutions to create an
the problem,” he added. insurance fund to pay for future large
The comments are likely to create a failures
frosty atmosphere at today’s summit, •strip the Federal Reserve of nearly
where Obama will be canvassing the all its consumer protection laws
likes of Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd •audit the Fed’s monetary policy.
Blankfein, JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie The bill gives shareholders an advi-
Dimon, and Bank of America’s Ken sory vote on executive compensation
Lewis about allowing more loans. and creates a new Consumer
Government officials are frustrated Financial Protection Agency, which
by some banks’ continued payment would write rules and check that
of high bonuses and their reluctance banks were complying with con-
to lend, while many Americans are sumer protection policies.

$3.5bn Dubai Stitzer set to
repayment due woo investors
Kinetic Direct Drive

WORLD ECONOMY FOOD
DUBAI faces the first major hurdle in CADBURY chief executive Todd Stitzer
its struggle to resolve its debt crisis will today tell shareholders why they
today as the $3.5bn (£2.2bn) bond by should not accept a hostile takeover
state-owned firm Nakheel expires. from Kraft Foods as speculation
Last night there was no indication mounted that the British confection-
whether the Islamic bond, or sukuk, er is in talks with Hershey over a rival
would be repaid on time. But the offer.
sukuk closed higher at 54 cents to the Hershey is widely understood to be
dollar on Friday on speculation that holding talks with Cadbury about a
Nakheel, the property arm of Dubai possible friendly takeover.
World, would meet the deadline. At an eagerly anticipated presenta-
The outcome will dictate sentiment tion at Goldman Sachs in the City
for the region. Markets were thrown Cadbury will discuss management’s
into disarray after Dubai World asked plans for growth over the next two
for a moratorium on its debt repay- years, and emphasise the company’s
ments on 25 November. ambitious profit targets.
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Hands in year DAVID WORMLSEY

long plan to CITIGROUP HEAD OF INVESTMENT
BANKING
GUY Hands’ personal attack on
David Wormsley will fascinate the
City. Affectionately known as “The

sue Citigroup Worm”, Citigroup’s rainmaker is
known as one of the best investment
bankers in London. With a string of
deals to his belt – including the con-
troversial £10.3bn sale of airports
operator BAA to Spanish builder
Ferrovial in 2006 – Wormsley is
ing for Terra Firma’s £4bn bid in 2007. seen as dour but experienced.

PRIVATE EQUITY
Hands alleges that Wormsley mis- He and Hands have a long history.
BY OLIVER SHAH led him into thinking a rival private Between 2000 and 2007, Citi raked
TERRA Firma’s £2bn lawsuit against equity firm, Cerberus Capital in £136m fees for helping Terra
Citigroup, which it accuses of lying Management, would make a bid for Firma on nearly 20 transactions. The
during its buyout of music giant EMI EMI. He says this factor pushed Terra EMI deal alone netted Citi £92.5m.
two years ago, had been in the Firma into a generous offer of 265p a A string of emails reveals the deci-
pipeline for 12 months. share at the height of the M&A boom. sions that led to Terra Firma’s disas-
The private equity group led by The court document claims: “Citi’s trous £4bn takeover of EMI, which
Guy Hands finally decided to strike representations to Terra Firma were was struggling under £1.7bn of debt.
after Citi rejected a refinancing deal knowingly false, and were deliberate- Late on 6 May 2007, Wormsley
that would see £1bn of loans to EMI ly and maliciously designed to fabri- wrote to Hands: “I have a debt team
written off. cate a false competitive landscape clear to talk to you.” Meanwhile he
The move marks a sharp deteriora- that would elicit a bid...” emailed EMI to say he was
tion in relations between the two Hands goes on to accuse the “absolutely certain that I can deliver
players, who once trusted one anoth- American bank of trying to drive EMI very serious added value in any dis-
er in major deals, and means an ami- into bankruptcy so it can bring about cussions with Guy”.
cable debt-for-equity swap for the a merger with rival Warner Music, Three days before the bidding
beleaguered record label will now be suggesting Citi used an analyst note deadline, on 18 May, Wormsley
off the cards. to talk down EMI. emailed Hands: “how is it going”
In documents filed at a New York EMI, which boasts a roster of stars [sic]. Hands replied: “thank you for
court on Friday, Terra Firma levels a including Lily Allen and Coldplay, your help. We are getting there but
series of explosive allegations at Citi declined to comment. Citi was need to sort out covenants with your
and its top investment banker in unavailable for comment although it lending team.”
London, David Wormsley. is understood the American bank will A weekend of intense phone calls
The lawsuit revolves around the contest the action robustly. Terra followed. Hands’ account of these
role of Citi, which ran the auction of Firma is seeking £1.5bn in lost equity talks makes up the meat of his claim.
EMI but also provided £2.6bn financ- plus punitive damages. Terra Firma, led by Guy Hands, is suing Citigroup over an EMI buyout deal Picture: PA
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Economics legend dies
Analysis” is widely acknowledged for His 1948 textbook, “Economics: An


ECONOMICS
transforming and laying the founda- Introductory Analysis” sold over 4m
BY CHRIS KAY tions of modern economics. copies and was widely translated.
PAUL A. Samuelson, the first Samuelson taught from 1940 at the “Paul Samuelson was both a path-
American to win the Nobel Prize in Massachusetts Institute of breaking and prolific economic theo-
economics, died yesterday aged 94. Technology, gaining world renown rist and one of the greatest teachers
An undergraduate at the University for its economics course. that economics has ever known,” said
of Chicago and a graduate student at In 1970, he was the first American Ben Bernanke, head of the Federal
Harvard University, his 1941 PhD the- to win the Nobel Prize in economics, Reserve and former student of
Paul A. Samuelson won the Nobel Prize in economics Picture: GETTY sis, the “Foundations of Economic the second year the prize was offered. Samuelson’s at MIT.

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ECONOMICS WORLD
BY JENNY FORSYTH BY JAMES LINACRE
ONE in twenty British households GERMANY will more than double net
are now in negative equity, following new borrowing next year and also
the dramatic slip in the housing increase public spending, in a new
market. draft budget due to be approved on
The Bank of England’s Quarterly Wednesday.
bulletin, published today, reveals the The first budget of the new centre-
proportion of those in negative equi- right German government will see a
ty rose from one per cent in 2007, to record €85.8bn (£77.1bn) in new bor-
five per cent this year. rowing next year, and total new debt
Though not as severe as the 11 per is expected to approach €100bn.
cent rate in the mid 1990s, the steep Spending will rise by around 10.5
increase reflects the rapid slump in per cent, as a result of rising social
house prices over the last two years. welfare costs and the weak economy,
But the Bank says that, despite the experiencing its worst recession since
rise in unemployment, tightening of the Second World War.
credit conditions and erosion of Germany’s budget has to tackle ris-
home equity, households are not ing unemployment and lower tax rev-
feeling the pinch too badly because enues, and the gaps in the budget
of lower mortgage interest rates and that has caused.
slashed prices on consumer goods. The government’s draft 2010 budg-
A survey commissioned by the et bill says: “We will only be able to
Bank revealed the new mood of cau- overcome the crisis sustainably and
tiousness in British households. then return to a fiscal stabile path if
Over 80 per cent of mortgage hold- we are successful in supporting the
ers have at least 25 per cent equity in still fragile growth dynamic.”
their homes and, compared to last A course of consolidation will
year, more households said they begin from 2011, aiming to reduce
could keep up with their credit com- the country’s structural deficit by
mitments without much difficulty. €10bn each year, but that does not
But the Bank found only 20 per cent take into account €19.5bn in tax cuts
of households are using the extra planned for 2011.
money to spend, while the rest are Constitutionally, the structural
paying off debt or increasing their deficit must be down to 0.35 per cent
savings. of GDP by 2016.
The bulletin also revealed a drop Public finances were not hit as
in the number of pay settlements to hard this year as had been expected.
less than two per cent, with many 6.15pm What a star Budget plans show that net new bor-
companies keen to freeze pay or rowing for 2009 will register as
defer negotiations. Just under 35 per €37.5bn, not the €49.1bn previously
cent of employees received a basic planned for.
pay freeze and only one per cent 0870 160 1154 Angela Merkel’s government will
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received a pay cut this year. present medium-term financial plans
Conditions in sterling markets in May, after it receives tax estimates
improved over the quarter. Despite and the state of North-Rhine
some temporary bouts of investor Westphalia holds its election.
nervousness, asset prices continued Chancellor Merkel’s government
their recovery from March lows and must win the election to keep its
financial market activity picked up. majority in Germany’s upper house.

Stricken banks pull in the profits for Odey
ANALYSIS l Millionaire’s playground: Crispin Odey’s evolving pay packet
Salary (£m)
35
£30.4m
30 £28m
compared to £55.3m in the last finan- would not be liable to pay the tax. 25

HEDGE FUNDS
BY VICTORIA BATES cial year. Odey, who earlier this year threat-
Odey, one half of the couple nick- ened to move his firm’s domicile out 20
CRISPIN Odey, the hedge fund manag- named the “Posh and Becks of of the UK to avoid the injurious new
er who made a killing over the course finance” along with his banker wife 50 per cent income tax band, has 15
£14m
of the crisis by shorting stricken City Nichola Pease, is set to take a salary of been vilified during the financial
banks, is set to pay himself a windfall £30.4m, up on the £28m he paid him- meltdown for profiting from short- 10
of over £30m this year after profits at self last year. selling firms such as nationalised
his firm soared by almost a quarter. The payout will not be subject to lender Bradford & Bingley, Irish bank 5
£4.4m
Odey Asset Management is today the government’s new super-levy on Anglo Irish, South African bank
expected to file accounts showing bank bonuses, after the Treasury clar- Investec and insurance giant Legal & 0
that it made £68.4m over the year, ified last week that hedge funds General. 2006 2007 2008 2009
CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009 News 9

Spinvox in sale talks
Christina Domecq, part of the Goldman Sachs, Carphone

TECHNOLOGY
famous sherry family, started up the Warehouse and Peter Wood, the
BY RACHEL STEVENSON company along with Daniel Doulton Esure insurance tycoon, were among
SPINVOX, the speech-recognition in 2003. the early backers of the business.
technology firm, is reportedly close to She has since come under scrutiny Spinvox has since eaten through
accepting a $150m (£92m) takeover after shareholders were sent an £100m of backers’ money and had to
offer from an American rival. anonymous dossier of allegations secure a £30m bridging loan this
Nuance Communications, which is about the way the company was run. summer. The loan was due to be
Nasdaq listed, is rumoured to be in The company was also forced to repaid next week, but has been rolled
talks with the company, which has reveal that staff in overseas call cen- over to January.
been dogged by allegations of finan- tres were transcribing voicemail mes- It is not known whether Spinvox’s
cial mismanagement and claims its sages. Domecq claimed Spinvox was current shareholders, including
technology is not up to scratch. the victim of a smear campaign, and hedge fund GLG Partners, and Martin
A sale of the business, which turns an internal inquiry by Deloitte, the Hughes, the boss of Toscafund Asset
voicemails into text, puts the future accountant, and Jones Day, did not Management, will make a profit from
of its founders in question. uncover any wrongdoing. a sale of the company. Christina Domecq came under scrutiny at Spinvox Picture: Micha Theiner/ CITY A.M

Barclays to
rethink its
salary plan 
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BANKING
BARCLAYS Capital has put plans to
hike base salaries for its investment
bankers on ice while it seeks clarifica-
tion from the government on rules
surrounding the bonus clampdown.
BarCap had intended to give basic
pay rises of up to 150 per cent to many
of its 22,000 employees, a move that
would particularly benefit junior and
back-office staff.
The cap on salaries at the bank
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would rise from £120,000 to £300,000
in an attempt to rearrange the bal-
ance between pay and bonuses in its
remuneration packages.
However, BarCap planned to back-
   
date the pay rises to June – giving its
bankers a one-off cash windfall. Rules
set out alongside the 50 per cent
supertax on bonuses forbid short-    

term cash payouts which could be
seen as a substitute for bonuses in the
period between December and April.
A source said the bank was in dis-
cussion with the government over
    
“all aspects” of the bonus supertax,
including the issue of backdated pay
rises.       
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Liberia-focused oil company headed by
controversial tycoon Frank Timis, yester-
day denied reports that it was seeking a
stock exchange listing. They said: “At no
point has African Petroleum applied to
the exchange to list the company.
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10 CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009
EDITED BY
VICTORIA BATES
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VETERAN LAUDS BIG-HEARTED CITY
FOR SHOWING SOME GIVE AND TAKE
AMONG the throng of eager banker- investment bond issuer Citylife – will back their original capital – so every-
bashers busy giving the City what for donate 20 per cent of the capital one’s left smiling.
at the moment, it’s good to see one of received to rejuvenate the poorest “It’s a great way to show that the
our own returning as good as he gets. boroughs around the City, while the City does indeed give as well as take,”
Veteran Brian Winterflood, chair of remaining 80 per cent will be loaned says Winterflood.
the market-making firm of the same at a commercial rate to registered “It’s all too easy to write us down
name, has taken on a new role in the social landlords, to use for affordable all the time but there is an awful lot
past few weeks as ambassador for the housing in East London. of money going to charities from the
Square Mile’s newest financial chari- After five years, the loans are paid City, and I’m happy to act as an
ty project, the East London Bond. back with interest to pay off the grant ambassador to support that…”
The new bond – offered by social money, while investors will receive Hear, hear.

City ambassador Brian Winterflood with wife Doreen Picture: MichaTheiner/ CITY A.M

must really be in demand if music
GOING GALACTIC stars are resorting to such tactics, eh?
The Capitalist was intrigued at the
weekend to receive an email singing
the praises of Spandau Ballet, ostensi-
bly soon to become the first band to
SWEET TOOTH
Do staff at law firm Linklaters do any-
perform in space aboard Sir Richard thing but eat? I only ask because, after
Branson’s new commercial space- a five-page tome from staffers
craft, the Virgin Enterprise. appeared last week complaining
“Spandau Ballet will have five min- about every earthly aspect of their
utes of weightlessness to perform one new office canteen, a division at the
of their hits, which will include either firm is now taking nominations for an
‘I’ll Fly For You’, ‘Gold’ or ‘True’,” shouts award for the best “cake submitter of
the email, which also claims to have the year”.
the support of EMI chair Guy Hands for The coveted prize is for the gener-
the venture. ous co-worker who’s come
Which is very bizarre, up trumps at providing
since Virgin Galactic goodies for the team
president Will over the past year –
Whitehorn has no with suggested
idea it’s happening, judging criteria
saying: “We have not including the exot-
been informed by ic nature of said
Spandau Ballet sweetmeats or
that they wish to well-judged risk-
fly or do this per- taking in the
formance in confectioner y
space.” selection proce-
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UK economy can ill afford to lose £61bn in taxes
“attack” on the City. afford to lose when faced with a large challenged to prove that institutions able to act on their own”.
We all acknowledge the real public budget deficit. and talent will move abroad as a And yet this seems to be where the
anger that exists as a result of the According to one report, the total result of higher taxation. But by the government is heading at the
financial crisis, particularly when it tax rate on bonuses for high-earning time we have that proof it will be too moment when it comes to bankers’
comes to bankers’ remuneration. bankers could, for some, rise to over late – key business activities and staff remuneration. We need much clear-
However, an excessively punitive 100 per cent in total as a result of this will have already left. This would fur- er evidence that other major finan-
approach towards pay will have a new levy. Such a high marginal rate is ther exacerbate the skills shortage cial centres, especially in the West,
detrimental effect on the UK as a bound to make institutions and indi- that is already problematic for the UK will implement similar measures. If
CITY COMMENT whole. Let me explain why. viduals reconsider their commitment as a whole. Yet the financial services other governments act in accord with
NICK ANSTEE The financial services industry con-
tributed an estimated £61.4bn – or
to the City.
Furthermore, this has been
sector will be crucial to a speedy
recovery from recession.
the G20 principles we need not fear
the exodus of talent that would
12.1 per cent of total tax revenues – to described as a one-off measure. But We are happy to compete with rival inevitably follow if the UK acts alone.

T
HE INTRODUCTION of a new 50 the government during 2008/09. the government added it could, in global financial centres – but such Sadly, it would seem that the trust
per cent levy on banks paying This – combined with the redistribu- fact, be repeated next year as part of a competition must take place on a between politicians and some parts of
bonuses above £25,000 is one of tion of the City’s business rates of broader review of pay levels. Such level playing field. Writing in The the City has been severely dented. I
several recent measures – around £580m and the industry’s uncertainty only serves to undermine Prime Minister and President Sarkozy am keen to do my part in restoring
including the incoming 50p tax band substantial philanthropic contribu- the UK as a place to do business in the declared last week: “it is clear that the that trust.
and global transaction tax proposal – tions – is money that filters down to eyes of foreign investors and banks. action must be taken at a global level. Nick Anstee is Lord Mayor of the City of
that have been perceived to be an the wider economy that we cannot Industry figures are constantly No territory can be expected to or be London

Partygaming NEWS | IN BRIEF
Accenture website drops Woods
Consultants Accenture, the group which
based its marketing around Tiger

mulls a £2bn Woods, has pulled the golfer from its
website, it said yesterday, while Gillette
maker Procter & Gamble said it would
phase him out of adverts. The two are
the latest companies to reevaluate their
contracts with Woods following revela-

tie with Bwin tions about his private life. Pepsi has
been in talks over its £60m five-year
deal, while phone giant AT&T is also con-
sidering it arrangement with him.

Metro Bank to launch
Vernon Hill, a US financial entrepreneur,
business Cashcade, which owns the is close to launching a new bank, Metro

LEISURE
BY PHILIP WALLER Foxy Bingo website, for up to £95.9m. Bank, next year with two branches in
PartyGaming billionaire co- central London.
ONLINE poker group PartyGaming is founder Anurag Dikshit set up the The venture is set to go ahead if Hill gets
understood to be in talks with group in 1997 and developed its user- approval from the City regulator the
Austrian rival Bwin Interactive friendly technology and it entered Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Entertainment about a potential the FTSE 100 after floating in 2005 at Metro Bank would be the first bank to
£2bn tie-up. a value of £5bn. Partygaming founder Anurag Dikshit launch in the UK since the late 19th cen-
PartyGaming is believed to have Dikshit sold most of his remaining tury. The FSA is looking at a number of
held “on-off talks” since the summer 28 per cent stake in PartyGaming in other applications from businesspeople
with Vienna-based Bwin about a pos- October. An online gaming ban in UBS between 1997 and 2005 and was wishing to start banks, ncluding those
sible “merger of equals”. the US, which outlawed the industry among eight recruits taken on by from Virgin and Sandy Chen, a Panmure
The firm is thought to be keen to in 2006, forced the firm and its rivals Numis in 2006 to expand its equities Gordon banking analyst.
grow in sports betting, a sector in to shut their lucrative American oper- and trading businesses.
which Bwin is particularly strong. ations. PartyGaming did a deal in Numis carries out research, sales, trad- Google ready to release mobile
The Takeover Panel was expected to April with the US to protect it from MICHAEL MEADE ing, broking, capital raising and corpo- Google has released an experimental
ask PartyGaming to clarify the posi- prosecution. NUMIS rate finance in 15 sectors, including mobile phone to employees, with access
tion before the market was due to SECURITIES aerospace and defence, building and to the public expected to be offered in
open today, it was reported yesterday. ANALYSIS l PartyGaming property, engineering, fast moving con- January. Asking employees to test prod-
PartyGaming refused to say any- p PARTYGAMING appointed Numis sumer goods, life sciences, media, met- ucts has become an established tactic
290 256.50
thing. “We will not comment on Securities and the broker’s Michael als & mining, new energy & emissions, for the search engine giant. A phone
rumour,” a spokesman said. Bwin was 11 Dec Meade in April to work as joint corpo- non-life insurance, oil and gas, retail, from Google has been rumoured for a
unavailable for comment. 270 rate broker alongside the online gaming speciality and other financials, support while, and could revolutionise mobile
Gibraltar-based PartyGaming, led group’s other corporate broker, services, technology and travel and phone use, with people using social mes-
by chief executive Jim Ryan, has been 250 Deutsche Bank. leisure. saging services to communicate rather
involved in growing consolidation in Meade became a managing director in Numis and Meade are working for than making calls, which will weaken
the gaming industry. 230 the investment bank’s corporate PartyGaming alongside a team of the position of the mobile phone net-
In August, PartyGaming agreed to finance business in June 2006. bankers from Deutsche Bank's Real works. The phone is expected to be
buy the World Poker Tour for $12.3m He worked as an executive director at Estate, Gaming and Lodging group. called Nexus One. It will run the Android
210
and in July it bought online bingo 14 Sep 2 Oct 22 Oct 11 Nov 1 Dec operating system for mobiles.

Tories claim a doubling of low income Lazard takes the helm as
families facing 90 per cent tax rates Shell looks to sell assets

POLITICS

ENERGY
BY PHILIP WALLER A 90 per cent marginal tax rate families, a rise of 45,000 families com- recent years and says its refining
means that for each extra £1 some- pared to the tax and benefit regime OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell has focus is shifting eastward.
THE number of low-income families one earns, they get to keep only 10p, in place in 2009-10. appointed investment bank Lazard to It is planning to sell about 15 per
facing marginal tax rates of more losing the rest to increased taxes or The Conservatives said overall the sell its Swedish unit, while rival BP is cent of its global refining capacity, or
than 90 per cent has doubled in the lower benefits. number of families paying marginal looking to sell its French petrol sta- 600,000 barrels a day of capacity over
recession and is set to rise further, the Shadow Chancellor George tax rates of 60 per cent or more has tions, it is understood. the next three years as it looks to
Conservatives claimed yesterday. Osborne said: “It’s the many, not the risen by over a million under Labour, Shell is hoping to sell off its restructure, improve its profitability
The Government had buried fig- few who are suffering under Labour. Ministers say the tax credit system Swedish business, which includes a and increase its efficiency.
ures in its Pre-Budget Report last “Now thousands more families are is supporting people’s incomes refinery in Gothenburg, a marketing The news comes two days after
week showing that 70,000 low going to be caught in the poverty through the downturn. arm, and its network of more than Shell won a joint contract for one of
income families are facing the mar- trap.” “Since 1997, the number of families 400 gas stations for around $750m Iraq’s highly coveted oilfields, after a
ginal tax rates, more than double the The Conservatives also claimed facing marginal deductions rates of (£461.2m). two-day auction which was designed
total of 30,000 at the start of the marginal tax rates of 80 per cent or more than 70 per cent has more than Shell has been selling refineries in to boost up the country’s crude oil
downturn, the Tories said. would affect more than half a million halved,” a Treasury spokesman said. the United States and Europe in output.
CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009 News 13

Election and stock PROPERTY HOT SPOTS
NORTH YORKSHIRE &

shortage to keep
Average price December ‘09 HUMBERSIDE
£140,043 Average price December ‘09
Annual Change £154,610
▼ 1.1% Annual Change
▲ 1.8%

housing sales static NORTH WEST
Average price December ‘09
£155,887
Annual Change
▼ 5.3%
EAST MIDLANDS
Average price December ‘09
£158,141
Annual Change
▲ 1.4%
PROPERTY Miles Shipside, commercial direc-

BY JESSICA MEAD tor at Rightmove, said: “Time may EAST ANGLIA
well be of the essence as the election Average price December ‘09
HOUSE asking prices are likely to is likely to be a party pooper. This year WEST MIDLANDS £219,429
Average price December ‘09
remain static in 2010 as post-election turned out to be a good time to trade WALES £181,079 Annual Change
uncertainty and continued shortage of up, and we forecast the positive mood Average price December ‘09 ▲ 5.1%
£162,261 Annual Change
stock creates a challenging environ- will continue into 2010 until the post- ▲ 1.1%
ment for the housing market, proper- election hangover kicks in.” Annual Change GREATER LONDON
ty website Rightmove will say today, as The recession is also forecast to ▲ 1.3% Average price December ‘09
it reveals that asking prices fell for a have had a long-term structural £398,426
Annual Change
second consecutive month in impact on the UK housing market
▲ 1.7%
December. whereby there will potentially be a
Rightmove expects December’s 2.2 fall in owner-occupation, with fewer
per cent drop in prices to be followed first-time buyers, more time between SOUTH WEST
by another drop in January as new trading up, and greater reliance on Average price December ‘09
sellers keep dropping prices during the rented sector. £242,848
the traditionally weak winter quarter. In this environment, location will Annual Change
In the early spring, it is expecting be the most important factor in insu- ▲ 2.8%
SOUTH EAST

Source: Rightmove
that asking prices will gain again, lating asking prices against these Average price December ‘09
continuing the heightened level of structural shifts and Rightmove £277,180
activity seen during 2009. However, expects desirable areas in the south to Annual Change
the post-election uncertainty is fore- fare best. Landlords should also bene- ▲ 3.7%
cast to reverse these early gains. fit with an end to over-supply.

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WASTE management company of at least 150p per share would be Drury, a former United Utilities
Shanks is set to agree to open its “appropriate”. director, Shanks has cut debt and
books to suitor US private equity Other firms are believed to be sharpened its focus on recycling,
firm Carlyle Group, it emerged yes- waiting in the wings with rival organic waste treatment, and the
terday, as a takeover battle brewed bids, with US firm Covanta said to UK Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
for the firm. have contacted Shanks’ investment
Shanks is expected to sign an banking adviser Greenhill & Co ANALYSIS l Shanks Group
agreement with Carlyle later this late last week to express interest. p
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equity group Terra Firma are all
reportedly interested.
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ENERGY Shell led a consortium to devel- The world’s biggest oil exporter,
op a 12.6bn-barrel Southern Iraqi Saudi Arabia, has a capacity of recognised for being active and getting fit.”
IRAQ’S string of deals with oil oilfield – Majnoon – and pledged 12.5bpd.
majors has catapulted it to impor- to boost up daily production to If the country did hit its daily
tance ahead of Opec’s meeting in 1.8m barrels of oil a day (bpd). total of 12m barrels, Iraq would
Stuart Bradie
Angola later this month, accord- “They’re [Iraq] going to be a big overtake Russia and challenge Managing Director
ing to the US. player that wants to come back to Saudi Arabia for the position of Europe and Africa
The oil cartel is set to meet on 22 the table, so they’re going to have the world’s largest oil producer.
December, and much focus will be to negotiate with Saudi Arabia, Hussein al-Shahristani, who is
on Iraq following new ambitious Iran, Venezuela and the other the country’s oil minister, hailed
output targets set by Baghdad over OPEC members,” an anonymous the weekend’s auction – the sec-
the weekend. US official said. ond such auction since 2003 – a
Iraq’s “supergiant” oil fields Baghdad wants to produce 12m “major success,” saying it was “a Register for LCD2010
were auctioned off on Friday and
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SFO in Icelandic bank probe Ex Merrill star hired by
and the City. Treasury paid out £7.5bn to compen-
Morgan Stanley’s Gorman

BANKING
She has held meetings with SFO sate UK savers, although £2.3bn of
BY RACHEL STEVENSON officials in London and, earlier this this will be repaid by Iceland over the
THE SERIOUS Fraud Office (SFO) is year, a team from the SFO travelled to next 15 years. James Gorman.


BANKING
preparing to announce a formal Reykjavik to meet the Icelandic Two-thirds of the bank’s corporate Fleming left Bank of America after
investigation into collapsed Icelandic authorities, which are already con- clients had links to London and the MORGAN Stanley said yesterday it the deal closed in January and has
banks that operated in the UK. ducting their own investigations in to bank had relationships with a num- had hired former Merrill Lynch presi- been working as a senior research
The inquiry, which will examine what brought down the banks. ber of leading UK entrepreneurs - dent and chief operating officer scholar at Yale University. He has
Kaupthing, Glitnir and Landsbanki, The Icelandic banks, which had including Sports Direct owner Mike Gregory Fleming to run its invest- been portrayed as a key proponent of
follows months of intelligence gath- large customer bases in the UK, went Ashley and property tycoon Robert ment management group. the sale of Merrill Lynch at the height
ering by officials at the SFO and is under last October, leaving 300,000 Tchenguiz. Fleming -- one of the architects of of last year’s financial crisis despite
expected to be announced soon. British savers unable to get their Tchenguiz, the former billionaire Merrill Lynch’s sale to Bank of initial reluctance from then-Merrill
The SFO has been in close touch money and institutions facing bil- property investor who has lost huge America -- will be president of Morgan CEO John Thain. In Andrew Ross
with Eva Joly, the French special lions of losses. A number of charities sums in the recession, was one of Stanley Investment Management. He Sorkin’s book Too Big to Fail, Fleming
investigator who was brought in by and local councils were among those Kaupthing’s biggest clients. He was will also be responsible for Morgan was credited with getting Bank of
the Icelandic government to look at with stranded funds. also a director of its largest sharehold- Stanley’s global research and will America to agree to pay substantial
the flow of money between Iceland Following the collapse, the ing institution. report to incoming chief executive bonuses for Merrill bankers.

Cash rich VT BOA MERRILL
LYNCH

RBS HOARE
GOVETT

eyes buyout VT GROUP is being advised by Bank
of America Merrill Lynch in its
approach for Mouchel given that its

of Mouchel other joint broker RBS is acting for
the other side.
VT appointed BoA to be its joint
corporate broker at the end of
October, days before the support
services company completed the
divestment of its historic shipbuild-
Mouchel is set to report a drop in ing arm.

SUPPORT SERVICES
profits in its second half, and said on It was the financial adviser for the
BY LORA COVENTRY
Friday it would be closing its offices firm when it sold its 45 per cent
VT GROUP, the shipbuilder-turned- in the middle east.
RICHARD CUTHBERT: PAUL LESTER: stake in BVT Surface Fleet Limited
support services company, has made VT Group is understood to have Mouchel chief executive VT Group chief executive to its joint venture partner BAE
two takeover approaches for a rival, it offered around 250p a share in its Systems.
emerged over the weekend, as it informal approaches. Mouchel’s BoA is taking the driving seat in
shifts focus away from its defence share price has fluctuated greatly the advising process, as RBS, once a
roots. over the past 12 months; it closed at VT adviser as well, is acting as bro-
Outsourcing and engineering 190p on Friday – a 19 per cent rise ker to the group VT is bidding for;
group Mouchel, whose share price form the previous day – but has trad- Mouchel.
moved massively on Friday after an ed as high as 384p. Based on Friday’s The RBS team is headed up by Neil
interim management statement, is closing price, Mouchel’s market cap is Collingridge.
thought to have snubbed the secret £213m. Collingridge this year advised on
offers. VT chief executive Paul Lester has Balfour Beatty’s rights issue and on
The move comes as VT, which has made his desire to move into support a shareholder loan refinancing at Tui
around £400m in cash to burn after services very public. Travel. He also helped out with car
the sale of its shipbuilding group ear- VT Group declined to comment, dealer Inchcape’s rights issue in
lier this year, prepares to switch its while Mouchel was unavailable for March.
FTSE listed sector from aerospace and comment yesterday. Last year Collingridge led a team in
defence to support services a week advising Balfour Beatty in its equity
today. ANALYSIS l Mouchel placing.
“VT has money to spend, and tak- 260 p BofA has been battling with UBS
ing on Mouchel would make sense,” 190.00 and JP Morgan Cazenove to advise
240
one industry source said. “VT wants 11 Dec the cream of the FTSE crop, and has
to extend its current footprint in 220 28 blue chip companies on its books.
highways and local authority work, Michael Findlay’s decision to leave
so this move is highly logical and fits 200 Merrill as head of UK corporate
with its strategy,” he added. 180
broking rocked the boat, however,
Rivals Serco and Capita are under- BO LERENIUS: PAUL PINDAR: and fears are rife that his departure,
stood to be waiting for a formal bid, 160 Mouchel chairman Capita chief executive coupled with the BofA tie-up, could
and are waiting to add their bids for 140 lead to client desertions.
Mouchel if it comes. 14 Sep 2 Oct 22 Oct 11 Nov 1 Dec

Habitat will not be broken-up as the Deutsche Bahn to shunt
long-awaited sale to Hilco is confirmed 14,000 out of their jobs
age it off for sale, rather than taking month ago, will remain in his post. 182,000 based in Germany.

RETAIL

TRANSPORT
BY JAMES LINACRE it over with the intention of running When he arrived it was with a Control of the metro rail system in
it as a going concern. three-year plan, designed to save the GERMANY’S national rail company, Tyne and Wear recently passed to
HABITAT’S protracted sale finally ICAF director Birger Lund moved to business. Deutsche Bahn, is planning to cut Deutsche Bahn in a £600m renova-
took place yesterday, when parent allay these fears, and insisted the “We have been given significant 14,000 jobs, an unnamed board mem- tion of one of Britain’s last wholly
company ICAF Antillen sold the furni- management team will be retained. committed funds and will now be ber told a German newspaper. publicly owned rail networks.
ture company to Hilco. He said: “We are pleased with this able to rapidly progress the current The cuts are necessary because of Deutsche Bahn has been in exis-
ICAF, acting on behalf of the outcome and that the Habitat brand business plan,” said Saunders. the ongoing effects of the economic tence for 15 years, a private joint stock
Kamprad family, which also owns will continue and believe that the The sale comes as a relief for the crisis, said a source on the rail opera- company that took over from
Ikea, sold Habitat Group to Retail management team is well placed to Kamprad family, which had been tors’ supervisory board. But there Germany’s state railways. It is one of
Investments Limited, a specialist take Habitat forward.” eager to have Habitat off next year’s would be no forced redundancies the largest infrastructure networks in
retail investments group led by Hilco. Chief executive Mark Saunders, balance sheet. until the end of next year. Europe.
There had been speculation that who arrived at the helm in April and The company has not made a profit Around 240,000 people are Deutsche Bahn declined to com-
Hilco would divide Habitat and pack- reportedly tried to lead a buyout a since the 2004-05 trading year. employed by Deutsche Bahn, with ment about the story.
CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009 News 15

Christmas is half time in liquidity vs worry match
to bet in the second half? Will we see ‘outlook negative’ - why wait for the rise. The Bank of England will finish tion in 2009 and comparatively paltry
a re-run of the last six months in the election?’’ Except of course that’s up its current QE programme in growth of 2.7 per cent in 2008, this is
next six, or just like Liverpool FC in exactly what they will do. In essence February and pre-supposing there’s some return to form.
that memorable Champions League this government is borrowing on the no extension, then yields on longer The global companies who have cut
Final, could worries about debt win credit of the next, which means no dated paper are only going one way. costs so much will only need a little
through in a penalty shootout? sterling crisis unless the next govern- But for that to become a headwind bit of growth to have a big difference
Certainly recent themes could ment is equally weak willed or we get for stocks they’ll have to reach five on their bottom lines. Add in still rel-
become a running sore in 2010. a hung parliament. per cent and in the short term that atively cheap money and the first
CNBC COMMENT Greece’s debt downgrade, Spanish But assuming a solid enough looks a stretch. part of next year is unlikely to witness
ROSS WESTGATE debt on negative outlook and here in
the UK a pre-Budget Report which in
majority and therefore a much
tougher fiscal policy, there should be
And then we look for the growth
and here we might be pleasantly sur-
an Istanbul miracle for the Wall of
Worry. Liquidity and Earnings should
the City’s view completely failed to some compensation in the form of prised, not necessarily for the UK but do what A.C Milan couldn’t. Protect

I
T’S HALF TIME in the match and lay out any detailed plan to cut public still loose monetary policy. The Bank for the rest of the world. Barclays their lead and close out a victory for
just before the Christmas break borrowing. One commentator, Mark of England would find it very hard to Capital has just issued its forecast for stocks in the first part of the year.
“Liquidity and Earnings” have Ostwald from Monument Securities, raise rates while taxes are going up 2010 and reckons global growth will Ross Westgate co-presents Worldwide
strolled to a three goal lead called it a recipe for a downgrade. “Is and spending is being cut. Of course hit 4.2 per cent next year and 4.1 per Exchange and anchors Strictly Money each
against the “Wall of Worry”. But how it not about time the UK went onto that doesn’t mean gilt yields won’t cent the year after. After a contrac- weekday on CNBC.

Hugh Osmond BEST OF THE BROKERS
120
ANALYSIS l HMV
p
103.70
11 Dec
ANALYSIS l Intercontinental Hotels
900
p 903.50
11 Dec
ANALYSIS l Bovis Homes
500
p
372.30
11 Dec

looks to buy
115 880 480
860 460
840 440
110
820 420
800 400
105 780 380

firms in debt
760 360
100 740 340
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HMV INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS BOVIS HOMES
Singer Capital Markets has maintained a Panmure Gordon downgraded Killik & Co initiated coverage of Bovis
deal, which led to the sale of Pearl
“buy” recommendation on HMV despite the InterContinental Hotels Group to a “hold” Homes with a “buy”, claiming good medi-

INVESTMENT group posting reported interim results at on Friday, after strong share trading near um to long-term prospects of the UK hous-
Group, his insurance business, to
BY RACHEL STEVENSON the lower end of its expected performance. its target price of 910p. It was in favour of ing market, with a finite supply of land and
American private equity investors.
HUGH Osmond, the entrepreneur The deal, which involved a debt-for- It said disappointment in Waterstones Whitbread’s Premier Inns UK chain, as IHG a growing population likely to put pressure
who built up Pizza Express and equity swap with a group of banks could be offset by growth of sales in other has its majority stake in a cautiously recov- on house prices.
Punch Taverns, is amassing a £1bn and also a cash injection from New
war chest to begin a spending spree York-based Liberty of £500m, severely areas and cost savings at HMV. It set a tar- ering US hotel market compared to the It said Bovis Homes has nearly a third of its
on distressed companies. diluted Osmond’s combined holdings get price of 174p. more favourable UK hotel scene. exposure in the resiliant South East.
Sun Capital, Osmond’s private and influence in the group.
equity firm, is already in the process He believes many distressed compa-
of raising capital for the venture, and nies still have strong underlying busi- To appear in Best of the Brokers email your research to notes@cityam.com
is understood to be preparing for a nesses with good management teams

Psagot is bought by private equity
stock market listing early next year. It and cash flows. He will provide capi-
is thought he will have raised around tal to help companies through
£500m in capital and will aim to raise restructuring, freeing from their debt
another £500m for when it floats. burdens and allowing them to focus

group Apax after shareholder buyout
Osmond is working on a list of on future returns. He is known as a
potential targets that are struggling hands-on investor, who likes to take
with debts and are close to breaching charge of running companies.
their lending agreements. It is understood he will not be look-
The serial entrepreneur has his ing at financial services companies,
eyes fixed on the dozens of British but will be a range of sectors, particu-
companies that are close to being larly in the leisure industry where he ry approval, according to a statement Israeli office, said: “This is a company

PRIVATE EQUITY
overwhelmed by debt. Many firms has a long track record. from Psagot to the Tel Aviv Stock that we have been tracking for some
used loans to finance expansion dur- Osmond and his former business PSAGOT, Israel’s largest investment Exchange. time, and we are delighted to have
ing the boom in credit over the past partner, Luke Johnson, the outgoing house, confirmed yesterday that it York is expected to make $263m the opportunity to support a very
five years and are now facing difficul- chairman of Channel 4, built up has been bought by private equity (£162m) capital gain from the sale. strong management team in its next
ties as their debt is due for renewal. PizzaExpress business using a similar firm, Apax Partners. Apax is hoping to break into the phase of growth.”
About £150bn of debt used to tactic. They bought sites at knock- The deal involves Apax buying a 76 high savings culture of Israel’s total York, an 18-year-old hedge fund
finance buyouts is due to be repaid by down prices during the last recession per cent share of the firm from share- population of 7.5m. It believes managing over $3bn in assets, took a
the end of 2012. to rapidly expand the business. They holders led by York Capital Psagot’s managed savings market will 100 per cent stake of Psagot over
Osmond has already been through acquired the business for £18m and Management. grow strongly in the future. three years ago from Bank Leumi for
a complicated debt restructuring sold it for £279m. The deal is still subject to regulato- Zehavit Cohen, head of Apax’s just under $300m.

CITY MOVES | WHO’S SWITCHING JOBS Edited by Victoria Bates

Société Générale Jones Lang LaSalle independent measuring, monitoring and
RBC Wealth Management The bank has appointed three new sen- The property group has hired James development of risk for the firm’s active
RBC Wealth Management has hired Shervin ior bankers within its coverage and Finnis as head of the English national fund management business. He joins
Mellegard, Samuel Palmer and Neil Jeffries as a investment banking division in London. office agency team. from F&C Asset Management, where
managing director, director and wealth manag- Rolf Petermann, who becomes head Finnis has led the firm’s southern was head of risk management for alter-
er respectively in the UK domestic team. of the German and Austrian financial offices team for the past three years native investments.
Mellegard, pictured, has over 20 years of institutions’ coverage team, joins from and works with a broad range of clients Prior to that, he worked in senior risk
experience in financial services, with his career Dresdner Kleinwort, where he was co- including leading investors, developers, management roles for Synapse
having spanned commodities futures and secu- head of the European financial institu- funds and corporate clients. He suc- Investment Management, Rothschild
rities trading at Merrill Lynch to private bank- tions group. ceeds John Izett, who has co-led the Australia and ANZ Bank.
ing at Barclays Wealth in London. Vitcheslava Baranicka, formerly man- national offices team since joining from
Palmer and Jeffries both join from UBS. aging director responsible for oil and Rogers Chapman in 2006. Berwin Leighton Paisner
gas firms, will be in charge of Russian The law firm has relocated Caroline
Financial Services Authority of strategy and business affairs at and Central Asian energy sector clients, LGIM Pope, previously a construction partner
The City regulator has hired Graham Monitise, and has also worked as direc- while Dania Seiglie, formerly managing Legal & General Investment in its London office, to Abu Dhabi,
Halliday as a senior adviser, focusing tor of banking and financial services at director covering oil and gas firms in Management has appointed Paul where it opened an office in March this
specifically on retail banking. the Post Office and as a regional man- the energy and environmental group, Murray as head of investment risk. year. She has been a partner at the
Halliday was most recently director aging director at NatWest. will look after British energy corporates. Murray will be responsible for the firm since 2001.

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16 CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009

| Spread Betting

Gilt prices fall
off a cliff after
Darling’s PBR
Labour’s fiscal complacency is a chance to
go short on UK gilts, writes Jessica Mead

I
T IS probably fair to say that chan- somewhat self-inflicted with responsibil-
cellor Alistair Darling’s Pre-Budget ity resting with the PBR’s woeful lack of
Report (PBR) has failed to calm fiscal credibility.”
investors’ fears over the state of the And although Britain’s triple-A status
country’s public finances. In spite of yet is safe for now – ratings agency Moody’s
another warning that Britain’s prized said on Thursday it did not believe the
triple-A credit rating on sovereign debt UK would face any problems with issu-
was at risk, Darling slackened the pace ing the required amount of debt –
of fiscal tightening over the next few Alistair Darling’s fiscal complacency
years and left £30bn of cuts post-2014 may unfortunately just be the beginning
still unaccounted for. of the story. Britain is at risk of following
In response, gilt yields surged to 3.80 in the footsteps of both Dubai and
per cent on 10-year government debt, as Greece and is walking into a gilts crisis.
bond investors concluded that there had
been a lack of progress in tackling the GARGANTUAN SHORTFALL
budget deficit and consequently Indeed, Henderson’s chief economist
demanded more compensation for hold- Simon Ward notes: “By delaying deficit-
ing the asset in their portfolios. cutting until 2011-12, the chancellor is Beware of vertiginous ratio is forecast to rise over the course of (IFS) estimated at the end of last week
During trading on Thursday, the cost relying on the kindness of the gilt mar- falls. Picture: GETTY the period to 76.2 per cent, just below that net debt as a percentage of GDP
of borrowing 10-year UK gilts compared ket as it takes over responsibility from the critical 80 per cent level that is seen would remain high for a generation. And
to German 10-year bunds widened 10 the Bank of England for funding the cur- as a threshold for AAA issuers,” he even worse, if the government does
basis points to 81. Short maturity gilts rent gargantuan shortfall. A big rise in added. nothing to address the growing impact
held up better, but everything with gilt yields could yet derail his economic Indeed, the Institute for Fiscal Studies of an ageing population on the public
maturities longer than five years saw and fiscal strategy.” finances, then net debt could be sus-
yields increase by around 10-14 basis Unless Britain brings down its budget ANALYSIS l UK debt to remain high for a generation Source: IFS tained at an astonishing 60 per cent of
points on the day. deficit sharply, there is a serious risk % GDP. Prior to the financial crisis and the
So what does this mean for spread bet- that UK sovereign debt will be down- Budget 2008 global recession, the government aimed
80
ters? With gilt yields surging – and graded, making it more expensive for Budget 2009 to keep net debt at below 40 per cent of
therefore prices falling – spread betters the government to service the debt. A PBR 2009 GDP.
could look to go short on UK gilts in the debt downgrade may also deter some 60 PBR 2008 (incl ageing) With the outlook for the public
anticipation that investors will remain international investors from snapping finances still dismal, there is likely to be
concerned about the fiscal black hole as up gilts at a time when the government a lot of volatility in the gilt markets over
demand slackens and government needs to issue a record number. 40 the next six months in the wake of the
issuance of bonds underpins supply. Barclays Capital economist Simon both the spring Budget and the general
How likely is this scenario to contin- Hayes says that the detail of the fiscal 20 election.
ue? Well, Chris Alexander, analyst at forecast offers little to persuade him Spread betters should get to grips with
financial services firm Fortis, said: “We that the Treasury has yet delivered the this once staid market now and prepare
suspect that gilt yields have further to necessary fiscal consolidation. 0 themselves for an exciting 2010 that will
rise. The damage to the gilt market was “Indeed, the public sector debt/GDP 76 81 86 91 96 01 06 11 16 21 26 31 36 41 see sharp moves in gilts.

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Punt on pints with TAKING A VIEW | Trading Outlook

BREAKDOWN
the King of pubcos IN RISK TRADE
Despite the recent spat with Fuller’s, Greene King
remains the pick of the brewers, says Jessica Mead
NEXT YEAR
JANE FOLEY
A
RGUMENTS over beer are nothing
new, but it was still interesting this RESEARCH DIRECTOR, FOREX.COM
week when brewers Greene King
and Fuller’s started arguing about

C
whose beer is the capital’s best-seller. OUNTRIES’ public finances have for most of the G10 in 2010 suggests that
Traditionally, Fuller’s London Pride has dominated the headlines in recent there are still a few more negative shocks
held the top spot, but its rival claimed this weeks, but there is a good chance in store for the markets in the coming
week that its Abbot Ale has overtaken it. It that this is just the tip of the iceberg. months.
turns out that Pride is still number one – Whether it is wobbles in Dubai, debt down- That said, reduced levels of fear should
with 81,000 barrels a year drunk – while grades in Greece, deteriorating outlooks in allow fundamentals, including assessments
Abbot is the top premium ale. Spain and Ireland, or a pre-Budget Report of credit worthiness, to play a greater part
The spat might seem meaningless, but in the UK, all of these countries have a long in asset allocations. This is likely to result
it highlighted just how fierce is the com- way to go before they are out of the woods. in a breakdown in many of the correlations
petition in the brewing world at the Only Ireland has arguably moved closer that have characterised markets over the
moment. The pub industry is facing an to resolving its budget woes – but last past year. Rather than move indiscrimi-
extremely tough 2010. Consumer confi- week’s brutal spending cuts are likely to be nately in and out of risk, markets will
dence is still relatively weak, which means followed by more tough budget measures gradually return to assessing individual
that Britons are still watching their spend- before things can be said to be truly markets and sectors on their merits.
ing closely and choosing to drink at home improving. For the FX market, the big question is
to cut costs. Going to the pub is still seen This focus on countries’ credit worthi- when the dollar will give up its negative
as a relative luxury, especially compared ness will continue well into 2010 – it is a correlation with risk. The answer is clearly
to buying alcohol at the supermarket. natural evolution of the repair process of when the greenback is no longer consid-
Brewers such as Fuller, Smith and financial markets, in more ways than one. ered to be a funding currency. The reaction
Turner, Young & Co and Greene King man- At the height of the crisis, few argued to the much better-than-expected
aged to post decent pre-tax profits in the against the need for a huge fiscal response December payrolls report brought forward
first half of the financial year of £14.1m, from governments, but spending binges the perceived risk of a Fed rate hike and
£11.46m and £62m respectively. must eventually be paid for. thus has given the market a taste of a
But all three noted trading conditions Furthermore, high levels of unemploy- stronger dollar.
would be challenging with Fuller’s chair- ment will only exacerbate the size of the
man Michael Turner saying that many of deficit and taint the budgets of all indus- CYCLICAL RECOVERY
the factors that boosted the firm’s first- trialised countries, not just those affected It is possible that the dollar has entered
half profits – incremental earnings from by property bubbles and banking crises. the first phase of a cyclical recovery
acquisitions, record low interest rates, a This will have an impact on the market’s against the euro, although it remains by
pay freeze and better weather – may not perception of these countries’ budget no means certain whether there will be
repeat or even reverse next year. deficits and their credit worthiness. sufficient momentum in the US economy
Spread betters who fancy a punt on the The market’s willingness to differentiate for the Fed to start hiking interest rates
brewers should note that of the three between risk on a country or regional level before the second half of next year. Given
mentioned, analysts have picked Greene is an important part of the repair process this risk, more good US data will be need-
King as the best bet. Its long-term invest- in financial markets. Credit worthiness is ed to stop euro-dollar rising back up
ment case remains strong. It has a strong Propping up the at the core of any assessment of risk and towards $1.49 over the coming few
balance sheet – reflected in its 5.1x net brewers. financial and operational strengths as well its ranking of risk should be instrumental months.
debt to core profits – the lowest of the Picture: Jason as its long term diversified business model to the pricing of assets and currencies. Assuming the dollar does enter cyclical
large pub groups. Alden/CITY A.M. we see the company as a classic case where recovery against the single currency over
Hugh-Guy Lorriman at investment bank investors should look through the cycle.” STRONG CORRELATION the first half of 2010, this does not have to
Seymour Pierce says: “We see Greene King It looks like Fuller’s isn’t just facing com- But during the course of 2009, a strong mean the end to the risk trade – instead,
as a quality play in the sector. With its petition from Greene King at the bar. correlation has been sustained between the risk trade will evolve. It is quite feasi-
stocks, oil prices, the S&P 500 and euro- ble that the greenback will continue its
yen, while the dollar index has been downward adjustment against other cur-
THE TIPSTER inversely correlated with these risky
assets. An exception was Aussie dollar-US
rencies while simultaneously rising or
remaining stable against the euro.
SPORTS DIRECT dollar, which started the year trading in
line with risky assets. Since the spring
Strong growth in the Asian region sug-
gests that the dollar may continue to fall
A BUY FOR though, Australia’s good economic funda- against the Australian dollar as well as
mentals have allowed it to outperform. against some Asian and other high-yield
CHRISTMAS Even though the overall rally in risk currencies next year, assuming the global
since the spring suggests that broad- economy remains on the path back to
based fear has been dispersing, strong cor- health.
relations between some risky assets

S
PORTS retailer Sports Direct is contin- persist. Forecasts of slow levels of growth ResearchEMEA@forex.com
uing to do well, rising to as high as 110p
last week after opening Monday’s trad-
ing session at 102p. The stock lost some
ground towards the end of the week, but there
could be another recovery to come in the run
up to Christmas. ShortsandLongs.com has a Sports Direct may see cent in the last week from its all-time record
rolling spread of 98.9p-99.5p.
After 1 January, VAT goes back up to 17.5
a recovery in the run
up to Christmas.
high of $1,226, triggered by the surprisingly
stronger non farm payrolls out of the US and
Small ad,
per cent and the UK consumer will really take a strengthening US dollar.
a bashing. Retailers are expected to struggle With gold prices trading sideways for the big big market.
as a result so it might be time to go short on last three days, will the recent fall be enough
high-street names such as Marks&Spencer. to encourage traders to buy back? City Index
Capital Spreads offers a price of 401.6-402.3. was offering a spot gold price of $1,127.1 -
Last week, Investec upgraded platinum $1,127.6.
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LONDON’S TOP 250
Company Name Closing Price Price Change 52wk High 52wk low Company Name Closing Price Price Change 52wk High 52wk low Company Name Closing Price Price Change 52wk High 52wk low Company Name Closing Price Price Change 52wk High 52wk low
(p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p) (p)
3i . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277.30* +1.60 314.80 108.66 Croda Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .759.00 +7.50 811.00 440.00 Kesa Electricals . . . . . . . . . . . . .157.30 –1.20 162.00 79.75 Schroders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1216.00 +6.00 1274.00 628.00
3i Infrastructure . . . . . . . . . . . . .101.20* +1.80 105.80 76.50 CSR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .368.80 –14.40 524.00 152.00 .LQJÀVKHU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .235.30 +1.30 249.10 115.00 Schroders N/V. . . . . . . . . . . . . .1001.00 +4.00 1033.00 533.50
A.B. Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .808.50* –2.00 870.50 603.00 Daily Mail ‘A’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .403.90* –1.10 467.30 205.75 Ladbrokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136.10 +0.90 213.49 114.60 Scot. & Sthrn Energy. . . . . . . . . 1107.00 +10.00 1279.00 357.50
Aberdeen Asset Man . . . . . . . . . .136.30* +1.80 155.60 92.00 Dana Petroleum . . . . . . . . . . . . 1173.00 +13.00 1549.00 807.00 Lancashire Hldgs . . . . . . . . . . . .426.50* –0.70 540.00 390.00 Scottish Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . .431.50 –1.00 444.90 324.75
Admiral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1107.00 –11.00 1188.00 793.50 Davis Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .381.20 –5.00 438.00 213.75 Land Securities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .638.00* +3.00 1051.00 323.25 Scottish Mortgage. . . . . . . . . . . .512.00 –2.00 527.00 284.00
Aegis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117.30 +3.70 122.90 61.00 De La Rue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .970.00* –3.50 1080.00 808.50 Legal & General . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75.90 –1.35 94.40 20.90 SEGRO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .331.90 +0.80 403.10 250.00
Aggreko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .803.50 +6.00 816.50 342.00 Debenhams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82.80 –1.55 99.50 22.00 Liberty International . . . . . . . . . .460.10 –0.30 580.00 278.00
Alliance Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311.50 +0.70 325.20 233.00 Derwent London . . . . . . . . . . . .1268.00 +10.00 1418.00 445.50 Lloyds Banking Gp . . . . . . . . . . . .56.22 –2.00 111.87 21.97 Serco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .517.50 +1.50 546.50 341.50
AMEC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .773.00* +3.00 879.50 465.00 Dexion Absolute . . . . . . . . . . . . .132.50 +0.50 136.70 69.00 Logica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109.20 — 136.80 57.50 Severn Trent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1045.00* +20.00 1236.00 921.00
Amlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .364.80 –0.20 400.00 291.00 Diageo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1053.00 +7.00 1079.00 727.00 London Stock Exchange . . . . . . .694.50* –19.00 949.50 355.75 Shaftesbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .370.40 –5.30 426.50 184.32
Anglo American . . . . . . . . . . . .2560.00 +37.00 2766.00 906.00 Dimension Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73.30 +0.05 82.80 32.75 Lonmin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1764.00 +35.00 1943.00 624.53 Shire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1159.00 –5.00 1213.00 764.00
Antofagasta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .915.50 +16.50 949.50 367.75 Drax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .413.40 +5.80 644.50 393.75 Man . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .309.80* –6.10 373.60 150.40 SIG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .109.60 +3.70 230.00 82.25
Aquarius Platinum . . . . . . . . . . .347.00 +5.50 392.20 128.62 DSG Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35.00 +0.09 39.75 9.96 Marks & Spencer. . . . . . . . . . . . .400.90* +0.90 408.30 207.50 Smith & Nephew . . . . . . . . . . . . .620.00 +12.00 622.00 401.00
ARM Holdings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169.30 +2.10 179.00 77.50 Dunelm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .412.00* –8.00 438.40 121.50 Marston’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92.90 +3.05 141.37 63.87 Smiths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .988.50 — 1002.00 646.50
Arriva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .465.00 +4.90 641.00 361.00 Easyjet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .346.40 –3.40 416.80 246.50 Meggitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .242.20 +3.00 267.10 110.50 SOCO Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1316.00 –5.00 1500.00 885.50
Ashmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255.30 –1.20 311.20 92.75 Edinburgh Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . .361.00 –1.50 368.50 283.75 Melrose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .169.30 –2.70 198.20 58.25 Spectris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .695.00 –9.50 763.50 376.75
Astrazeneca . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2823.00 +27.00 2966.00 2126.00 Electrocomponents . . . . . . . . . . .163.60* –0.20 176.00 113.00 Mercantile IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .838.50 –2.50 964.00 515.50 Spirax-Sarco Eng . . . . . . . . . . .1098.00 –16.00 1195.00 741.00
Atkins(Ws) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .614.50 +7.00 747.50 415.00 Enterprise Inns . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103.10 +2.50 192.75 30.50 Michael Page Intl. . . . . . . . . . . . .365.90 +5.80 375.00 171.25 Spirent Comms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93.50 +0.50 100.60 32.00
Autonomy Corp . . . . . . . . . . . .1512.00 +25.00 1687.00 867.00 Eurasian Nat Res . . . . . . . . . . . .873.50 –1.50 965.00 291.00 Micro Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .444.00 +6.50 454.25 256.25 Sports Direct Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98.50 –0.60 134.00 32.00
Aveva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .950.00 +7.50 1083.00 460.00 Experian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .619.50 +18.50 626.50 370.75 Millen & Copthorne . . . . . . . . . . .355.00 +9.50 411.90 165.50 SSL Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .715.00 –1.00 756.50 422.75
Aviva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .370.60 +2.10 474.00 160.10 F&C Comm Prop . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83.50* +0.90 90.00 73.50 Misys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203.60 –1.70 238.80 90.75 St James’s Place . . . . . . . . . . . . .235.10 –2.70 296.90 142.75
Babcock International . . . . . . . . .608.50 +1.50 660.50 381.25 Ferrexpo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188.00* +2.20 228.40 27.00 Mitchells & Butlers . . . . . . . . . . .258.10 –1.90 310.60 136.50
BAE Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .342.70 +2.90 416.00 294.20 Fidelity European . . . . . . . . . . .1096.00 –1.00 1182.00 753.00 MITIE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230.20 +6.50 281.70 170.25 Stagecoach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164.90 +4.30 173.80 102.75
Balfour Beatty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .251.60 +2.90 346.18 243.40 FirstGroup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .388.10 –8.40 448.80 192.90 Mondi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .336.50 +8.10 361.80 118.25 Standard Chartered . . . . . . . . . .1509.50 –0.50 1696.00 554.00
Barclays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .288.00* –2.75 390.00 47.30 Foreign & Col Inv Tst. . . . . . . . . .264.80 –0.10 269.20 179.25 Monks Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .273.20 –0.30 298.60 190.00 Standard Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207.50 — 283.00 123.50
Barratt Development . . . . . . . . . . 111.70 +1.70 193.31 35.41 Fresnillo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .814.00 +24.00 935.00 138.20 Morrison Wm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .277.10 –3.50 298.40 233.50 Talvivaara Mining . . . . . . . . . . . .374.50 +1.50 428.00 102.75
BBA Aviation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154.00 +0.90 184.20 41.00 G4S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .255.70 +5.60 258.50 171.90 Mothercare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .660.00 –4.50 668.00 325.00 Tate & Lyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .418.00* +0.40 481.40 225.75
Beazley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100.30 –0.20 122.00 86.00 GKN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112.90 +5.30 131.30 36.45 Murray Intl Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .764.00 –3.50 800.00 512.00 Taylor Wimpey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33.39 +0.38 54.90 8.75
Bellway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713.50* +12.50 927.50 515.00 GlaxoSmithKline . . . . . . . . . . . .1303.00* +5.00 1323.00 982.00 National Grid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .645.00* +0.50 717.00 511.00 Telecity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .368.90 +18.90 379.30 135.00
Berkeley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .822.50 +12.00 1071.00 716.50 Go-Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1267.00 +22.00 1577.00 845.00 Next . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2043.00* +32.00 2075.00 1009.00 Templeton Emrg Mkts . . . . . . . . .508.50 — 514.50 235.00
BG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1067.50 –0.50 1180.00 836.50 Great Portland Estates . . . . . . . .268.10* –1.10 298.80 127.11 Northumbrian Water . . . . . . . . . .268.80 +1.80 281.90 203.00 Tesco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .416.85* –2.15 437.05 301.40
BHP Billiton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1875.00 +25.00 1969.00 1025.00 Greene King . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .424.10 +6.10 547.45 279.35 Old Mutual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105.90 –0.20 122.30 30.50 Thomas Cook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227.10 +8.60 303.50 164.60
BlackRock Mining . . . . . . . . . . . .535.00 +3.50 565.00 211.00 Halfords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .417.30 +6.20 442.10 216.75 Pace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .197.60* — 243.80 39.50 Tomkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187.50 +5.00 199.30 99.50
BlueBay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292.00 –18.00 393.00 63.00 Halma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246.70 –2.40 256.00 140.75 Partygaming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256.50 +5.20 298.50 119.25 Travis Perkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .802.00 +30.50 888.00 198.63
BP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .575.20 +1.50 599.30 400.00 Hammerson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .384.80 –2.40 624.50 212.25 Pearson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .869.00 +7.00 876.00 566.50 TUI Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .259.00 +8.50 294.75 208.25
Brit Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181.50 –0.60 245.00 157.75 Hargreaves Lansdown . . . . . . . .271.30 –1.70 299.90 157.00 Pennon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .504.50 +3.50 566.50 372.00 Tullett Prebon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .292.50 –9.10 436.20 105.25
British Airways . . . . . . . . . . . . . .201.30 –1.00 243.30 111.30 Hays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98.10 +0.80 114.00 67.00 Persimmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .425.30 +1.80 534.50 223.50
British Amer. Tob . . . . . . . . . . .1958.50 +18.50 2012.00 1481.00 Henderson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .121.30 –1.70 142.10 49.75 Petrofac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .957.50 +3.00 1078.00 306.00 Tullow Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1250.00 –2.00 1311.00 514.00
British Empire Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . 411.40* +2.30 451.80 304.00 Heritage Oil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .429.00 –1.70 630.00 161.00 Petropavlovsk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1186.00 +39.00 1343.00 288.00 UK Commercial Prop. . . . . . . . . . .74.00 +1.25 77.50 50.50
British Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .441.00 –2.60 535.26 295.00 Hikma Pharma . . . . . . . . . . . . . .513.50 –0.50 523.50 288.50 Premier Farnell . . . . . . . . . . . . . .175.00 +1.20 180.60 112.50 Ultra Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . .1352.00 +34.00 1379.00 1010.00
Britvic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .390.50* +12.10 402.00 204.25 Hiscox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300.00 –3.00 364.30 272.50 Premier Foods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33.20 –0.31 47.00 22.00 Unilever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1878.00* +15.00 1901.00 1226.00
Brown(N.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .243.70* –0.30 275.80 183.75 Hochschild Mining . . . . . . . . . . .306.10 +4.70 366.40 66.75 Premier Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1070.00 +5.00 1431.00 512.78 United Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . .501.00 +7.50 642.00 429.00
BSkyB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .578.00 +13.50 593.00 398.25 Home Retail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .298.70* –5.60 336.50 180.40 Provident Financial . . . . . . . . . . .912.50 –2.50 986.00 736.00 Utd Business Media . . . . . . . . . .435.00 +0.50 540.00 364.75
BT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142.10 –0.60 151.00 70.20 Homeserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1638.00* — 1752.00 849.50 Prudential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .603.00 –5.50 665.00 195.40 Vedanta Resources . . . . . . . . . .2390.00* +75.00 2510.00 492.75
Bunzl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .657.00* +10.00 679.50 473.00 HSBC Hldgs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .703.40* –9.60 766.80 270.37 PZ Cussons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .257.00 +1.50 274.60 136.50 Victrex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .805.00 +15.50 840.50 400.75
Burberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .585.50 +16.50 617.00 194.25 Hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .480.60 +4.20 578.50 367.00 Qinetiq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165.00 — 179.10 123.00 Vodafone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141.55* +0.60 148.00 111.20
Cable & Wireless. . . . . . . . . . . . .142.00* –0.50 170.00 125.10 ICAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .423.30 +0.60 478.30 199.20 Randgold Resources. . . . . . . . .5015.00 +26.00 5450.00 2425.00 VT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .541.50* +2.00 606.00 412.75
Cadbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .790.50 –1.00 819.50 484.25 IG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .360.00 –3.30 373.00 159.25 Reckitt Benckiser . . . . . . . . . . .3279.00 +88.00 3288.00 2390.00 Weir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .684.50 +7.50 771.00 297.00
Cairn Energy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3081.00 +7.00 3197.00 1651.00 Imagination Tech Gp . . . . . . . . . .217.80 –1.30 250.00 33.50 Reed Elsevier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .479.50 +5.30 570.00 403.75 Wetherspoon(J.D.) . . . . . . . . . . .444.90 +0.90 551.00 270.00
Caledonia Invs . . . . . . . . . . . . .1580.00* +5.00 1759.00 1081.00 IMI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .515.50 +2.00 552.00 214.00 Regus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87.80 +1.25 120.50 43.00 WH Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .522.00 +0.50 551.00 306.75
Capita . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .731.50 +9.50 791.00 608.00 Imperial Tobacco. . . . . . . . . . . .1901.00 +19.00 1983.00 1412.00 Rentokil Initial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99.05 +1.05 119.70 36.00 Whitbread . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1330.00* +40.00 1358.00 686.50
Carillion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .300.90 +5.60 319.60 192.00 Inchcape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27.13 +0.13 36.74 5.82 Resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78.85 –0.40 112.00 77.45 William Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187.10 +0.80 243.25 136.45
Carnival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2120.00 +35.00 2218.00 1224.00 Informa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .296.10 +7.80 339.10 216.00 Rexam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .286.00 +5.50 328.55 188.89
Carpetright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .902.00 –5.00 970.00 311.00 Inmarsat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .659.00 +4.50 682.00 378.25 Rightmove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .464.00 –10.00 610.50 156.25 Witan Inv Tst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .422.00 –0.50 433.70 276.50
Carphone Warehouse . . . . . . . . .188.00* +2.10 216.10 84.75 Intercontl Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . .903.50 +13.00 909.00 433.75 Rio Tinto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3134.00 +39.00 3354.50 1102.02 Wolseley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1237.00 +32.00 1570.00 907.03
Catlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .320.30 –0.50 401.79 270.00 Intermediate Capital . . . . . . . . . .271.20* –3.00 332.00 79.71 RIT Capital Partners . . . . . . . . . .995.00 +17.50 1030.00 715.00 Wood Group (John). . . . . . . . . . .286.10 +1.20 354.90 175.00
Centrica . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265.60 +4.20 288.75 212.50 Intertek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1215.00 +18.00 1368.00 666.00 Rolls Royce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .489.50* +7.70 504.50 252.50 WPP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .613.50 +23.50 615.00 349.75
Charter Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .704.00 –3.00 778.50 301.00 Intl Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .295.10 +7.90 308.80 190.60 Rotork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1167.00 –6.00 1267.00 667.50 Xstrata . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1047.00 +15.00 1175.00 288.75
Chemring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2758.00 –13.00 2917.00 1794.00 Invensys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .282.90* +1.30 314.60 136.00 Royal Bank Of Scot . . . . . . . . . . . .30.56 –0.78 68.30 10.00 Yell Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39.83 –1.17 86.00 11.75
Close Bros . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .700.00 –2.00 806.50 384.25 Investec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .421.70* +4.00 487.20 164.75 Royal Dutch Shell A . . . . . . . . .1817.00 –6.00 1944.00 1362.00
Cobham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .246.90* +1.80 248.20 163.90 ITV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52.05 +0.40 58.65 16.50 Royal Dutch Shell B . . . . . . . . .1749.00 –6.00 1897.00 1315.00 LONDON TOP 250 BY MARKET CAPITALISATION
COLT Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . .125.00 –0.60 138.00 49.00 Jardine Lloyd Thompson. . . . . . .445.70 –6.80 517.00 387.75 RSA Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116.70 –0.50 152.90 113.10
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .461.00 +11.60 463.10 275.00 Johnson Matthey . . . . . . . . . . .1500.00* +17.00 1641.00 856.50 SABMiller . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1822.00* +35.00 1853.00 906.00 * Ex-Dividend † Suspended
Connaught . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .377.10 +2.20 448.30 292.50 JPMorgan Emerg Mkts . . . . . . . .478.00 +7.00 486.00 265.00 Sage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .231.60 –0.50 239.20 157.70
Cookson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .408.20 +15.40 481.40 202.75 Kazakhmys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1253.00 +27.00 1345.00 187.30 Sainsbury(J) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .319.20* +0.60 373.00 284.50 www.interactivedata.com

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December ZEW survey (10am)
November new car registrations (7am)
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retail sales and Eurozone
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US

sentiment figures tive yet unsettled by the chance of
imminently higher interest rates,
and the effect that such a move
that rates will be kept low for an
“extended period”, there could well
be a relief rally.
November CPI (1.30pm)
Third quarter current account (1.30pm)
THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER
could have on any fragile recovery. Martin Slaney is Director of Global UK
UK AND EUROPEAN markets are set This week more US data will test Dealing Operations, GFT November retail sales (9.30am)
to start the week on the front foot, the market's nerves, such as indus- CBI December Distributive Trades
with the momentum following the trial production and leading indica- Eurozone
continued streak of better-than- tors, and these have the potential October construction output
expected data out from the States. to reinforce or dash the growing US
GFT is quoting the FTSE 100 to hopes that an American economic ANALYSIS l FTSE100 5,261.57 December Philadelphia Fed (3pm)
open up 10 points from Friday's recovery has finally got its skates 11 Dec Bernanke confirmation (3pm)
close, at a level of around 5,271. The on. FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER
German DAX is also expected high- The highlight for traders is on 5,300 UK
er, up 12 points at 5,768 and the Wednesday when we have the Third quarter investment (9.30am)
French CAC is forecast to open at result of the latest Federal Reserve 5,200 November mortgages (9.30am)
3,812, up 9 points. policy meeting. Whilst another no- November public finances (9.30am)
Friday’s reassuring retail sales change decision is widely expected, 5,100 November M4 money supply (9.30am)
and consumer sentiment numbers it’s the accompanying statement Eurozone
come on the heels of similarly sur- which will be scoured for the Fed’s 5,000 October ECB current account (9am)
prisingly strong non-farm payrolls intentions on the timing of any German December IFO survey (9am)
data, so the prevailing mood for future rate hikes. If it contains the 4,900 Japan
many markets appears quietly posi- words everyone will be looking for, 23 Sep 13 Oct 2 Nov 20 Nov 10 Dec Bank of Japan Target Rate
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I
F YOU thought there wasn’t much Everest on a previous attempt. But as in
of a parallel to be drawn between business, Fiennes says, it makes a dif-
sitting in the comfort of your ference when overcoming those obsta-
office and trekking through a cles comes with some stiff
polar blizzard in the world’s most competition.
unforgiving wilderness, think again. “Life is a rat race, and it helps enor-
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer and mously if you know you’ve got rivals,”
adventurer who probably knows more he says. His are the Norwegians, as
about the latter than anyone else on they were for Robert Falcon Scott, the
Earth, believes that what makes a suc- man Fiennes describes as the greatest
cessful businessperson tick isn’t so far polar explorer of all time, and in
removed from what makes him keep whose defence he wrote an acclaimed
conquering places people just aren’t book. Fiennes won’t shed light on his
meant to conquer. next polar adventure in case the
“Being entrepreneurial under one’s Norwegians get wind of it and try to
own steam, being prepared to go out do it first, and the country’s leading
on a limb independently is what it’s all explorer Borge Ousland – a mere
about,” he says. “When you find there stripling in his 40s – previously came
are obstacles you don’t immediately within a couple of hours of beating
get put off by them, you have to think Fiennes to the top of Everest, having
laterally to get round them and have also crossed both ice caps.
that element of adventure – the “Like us, they have some kind of
courage and spirit to attack.” endemic thing in their nature that
Fiennes’s take on lateral problem they want to deal with the big geo-
solving can be famously blunt. After a graphical, polar challenges of our
failed attempt to walk solo to the time,” he says. “And we both want to be
North Pole in 2000 resulted in severe first – it’s the highly competitive side
frostbite to the fingers on his left hand, of human nature, and that challenge is
his response on returning home was to what keeps you going when you’re
hack off the fingertips in his garden weak and really, really hurting.”
shed rather than wait months for sur- This autumn Fiennes published a
gery. His career in the SAS was cur- book tracing his family back to its ori-
tailed when, offended by an unsightly gins – his direct ancestors include the
dam built in a Wiltshire village for a first crusader “king” of Jerusalem, a
film set, he used his expertise to blow baron who cuckolded Edward II, and
it up. Charlamagne. So does the world’s
It’s that same gung-ho sense of der- greatest living explorer think much
ring-do that this year took Fiennes to about his own place in history? Not a
the top of Mount Everest, the first per- bit of it.
son in 37 years to summit the world’s “I think about planning the next
highest peak having already crossed expedition, not about what happens
both polar ice caps. At 65, he’s also when you’re dead. If you worry about
Britain’s first OAP to successfully climb your own place in posterity, you’re just
the mountain – not bad for a man who ensuring you get there sooner.”
is missing fingers and suffers from
chronic vertigo. Then there’s the small Sir Ranulph Fiennes is working with
matter of his weakened heart, for Glenfiddich whisky to inspire men to realise
which he had double bypass surgery a their true pioneering potential. See
few years ago, and which had con- www.glenfiddich.com for advice from Sir
tributed to his failing to conquer Ranulph and others.

OUT OF OFFICE
ZOE STRIMPEL
BOO SAVILLE GLOBE GIRLS
British artist Boo Saville has created a If you like outrageous outfits, singing
collection of prints that should and dancing, look no further than the
be unsettling but are actually drag spectacular The Globe Girls, who
calming and contemplative – are presenting a “Christmas crack-
and quite beautiful. Her er” performance at Gilgamesh
Ghost series works from restaurant in Camden tonight.
images of dead bodies that Sporting a host of wigs and out-
Saville has found in books rageous costumes, they’ll per-
and the internet, but she form and dance routines from all
lifts and changes the eras while you enjoy Ian
images through drawing Pengelley’s Asian cooking. Three-
and burning them to course menu for £55, including a
bring out their totemic glass of champagne. Shows at 7
quality. Etchings available and 9:30pm at Gilgamesh,
from £750 at Other Criteria, 36 Camden Stables Market, Chalk
New Bond Street. W1S 2RP, 020 Have a camp Farm Road, NW1 8AH, Tel: 020
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20 Lifestyle | Travel CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009

Sun, sea and
Hinduism all
come together
in Mauritius
Friendly, hot and beautiful, this is the
perfect winter escape, says Zoe Strimpel

T
HE first thing that you notice about
Mauritius is that it is a real place. By
that I mean that it is a contrast to its
holiday competitors in the Indian
Ocean, the Seychelles and Maldives. They
are made up of dozens of tiny islands
which are often owned by resorts and
have been turned into pristine paradises.
Mauritius, on the other hand, is a cohesive
piece of land, an island nation, with hills
and valleys and nice bits and less nice bits.
This is a big part of its charm.
Technically, the Republic includes the
heavenly islands of Rodrigues (600 miles
northeast) and Reunion (120 miles to the
southwest) and a couple more, but those
are far away, and the vast bulk of the
action, politically and culturally, takes
place on the main island, just 61km long
and 47km wide.
Mauritius is poor, as you notice the
moment you leave the airport, but there is
a sense of industry, particularly in the cap-
ital of Port Louis, a fumey city with –
among its high rises – a branch of Ernst
and Young, and a big port. The other thing
you notice immediately is Hinduism –
colourful temples and shrines pop up by
the road at unexpected moments, lying Clockwise from left: its best until the next day, when we arrived
cheek by jowl with Catholic churches and Les Pavillons at at quite possibly the most idyllic hotel I’ve
mosques – 52 per cent of the population is night, view of Les ever clapped eyes on, Les Pavillons, in the
Hindu, 28 per cent are Roman Catholic Pavillons and Le shadow of the jagged peak of Le Morne.
and 17 per cent are Muslim. The country is Morne from the Here, on its elegant, dark wood terraces,
instantly appealing thanks to its cultural water, a typical chefs serve everything from Thai food to
fabric being so visible. room and terrace at French to Chinese, all exploding with
We were driven to our hotel through Les Pavillons, a typi- fresh flavours and herbs.
sugar cane fields (the country’s main cal room at Tamassa. Les Pavillons is a self-contained world
export) and shady villages composed of of sophisticated luxury. From the per-
shacks, schools and fruit vendors, to a dif- fect view of plants, sea and sky in the
ferent world entirely. foyer, to the rich canvas and natural
hues of the furniture, the lack of dis-
AFFORDABLE AND FUNKY tinction between inside and outside,
Our first stop was Tamassa, a new four-star and the flocks of gracious, friendly staff,
resort on the less developed south coast of you are at once swept away by the physi-
the island, near the town of Bel Ombre. cal beauty and excessive solicitousness of
Despite major teething problems, the the operation.
place is smooth-running now, and looks Rooms are in villa complexes, and ours
stunning on arrival, even through tired were large, Kelly Hoppen-style affairs,
eyes. It’s all light and air, everywhere you to swim from without water shoes, as jungle green contrasting with the shallow with photographs evoking sand and
look there are infinity pools, and through there are rough stones everywhere (the sea’s pale aquamarine. Then it was water, great mahogany beds, and a spa-
the open window of reception you can see charismatic manager, Alain, tells us snorkelling in the protected marine cious outdoor shower. Each room had a
palm trees waving and the sea beckoning. these are going to be removed park nearby. There was plenty to terrace on a small lawn leading to the
Tamassa’s USP is affordable, funky luxu- ASAP). But there is a full array of ogle in the way of bright, expres- beach, with two elegant lounge chairs and
ry, an image it strives for through globular water sports on offer to dis- sive fish – nothing scary – for a table on which a scented candle was lit
lights, brightly coloured trimmings, sleek tract, and the view is of per- hours. But alas we just had each night.
contemporary furniture and – drumroll fect turquoise sea and blue half an hour before return- Our main dilemma at Les Pavillons was
please – a discotheque, to which locals sky, becoming more ing to the island for sun- choosing between the beachside loungers
come for a slice of the party. It was the real intense at sunset, as the bathing with tropical and the pool, more like a slate-tiled gar-
deal, too, with a burly DJ turning out chart cloudscapes become vast home-made rum punch den filled with water dotted with luscious
toppers and a barman lining up Mauritian and complex. followed by the best bar- flowerbed islands. The palms made the
vanilla rum for us in never-ending shots. Anyway, we didn’t have beque lunch of my life, beach too shady in the afternoon, so that
But after a gracious but over-rich meal at much time to ponder the complete with giant solved our problem. Other distractions
the beachside fine dining restaurant, La stones – our second day shrimps, tandoori tuna, from the beach-pool dilemma included a
Playa, we weren’t in the best state to down we were whisked off to the local marlin and lentil private sunset cruise, which involved sip-
drinks. Ile des Deux Cocos, an salad. By the time we got ping Moet on the gentle swell, and a
Rooms, which are generously appor- island with a villa that was back to Tamassa, it was just snorkelling trip.
tioned (two sink islands, separate bath and once used for orgies by a time for sunset beer before One day when a far-off cyclone caused it
shower, terraces), are within buildings British general, and is now dinner. to pour with rain, we headed to Port Louis
encircling the main pool, an enormous rented out. With champagne in Food in Mauritius is a mix of – an hour by taxi – where we strolled the
infinity affair with sea views. You toddle a our hands, we strolled among the European, Asian and Creole – market and bought a couple of odd
minute or two to the beach, which – coconut trees, admiring the view of think coconut, local fish and brilliant delights, including cashmere scarves and
although beautiful – is nigh on impossible mountains in front of us, the shock of croissants – but we didn’t experience it at tea for constipation from a herb man.
CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009 Lifestyle | Travel 21

TRAVEL NOTES
ALYSSA WOLICE

Prague enchanting old town.

A winter wonderland break in Prague
Try a visit to central Europe’s most beautiful city for New Year’s, where
fairytale gothic spires, golden rooftops and plenty of beer are sure to
delight when the clock strikes 12. Stay at the four-star Casa Marcello in
the Josefov district for £696 per person for three nights over New Year’s.
Prices based on two sharing include return flights from Heathrow, private
car transfers and bed and breakfast. Call Kirker Holidays on 020 7593
2283 or visit www.kirkerholidays.com to book.
SPAS
Les Pavillon’s Nymphea spa (pictured above) has 90 mins), followed by a bottle of champagne
eight treatment villas dotted around an idyllic while the sun set.
tropical garden, all in the dark wood, cream- Tamassa’s Senses spa embodies the spirit of
coloured canvas style of the hotel. The big deal Mauritius with design, treatments and rituals
here – apart from the insanely beautiful land- based around indigenous flowers, fruits and veg-
scaping – are the water-filled treatment beds, etables, and there’s an attractive pool outside
which allows the therapist to massage your back around which you can dip, sunbathe or eat from
even as you lie on it, meaning you don’t have to the healthy spa menu. Treatments include a tra-
turn over. I can vouch for this experience – it’s ditional Mauritian massage, performed- with the
the most relaxing thing on earth, and a relief not help of bamboo to stretch the limbs and a gallon
to have the usual neck strain while lying on your of oil – to the rather unrelaxing sounds of the
front. If you fancy a real treat with your partner, native Sega beat (€65). It’s a solid massage,
go for the Under the Stars package (€220), though, especially with the music off. Other high-
which had us enjoying individual treatments lights are a marine body wrap using golden algae
overlooking the garden as the clouds moved over and a pearl treatment with a black pearl facial
Le Morne (my Thai massage was great, €115 for and scrub (both €110). One of Britain’s most spectacular hotels.

Christmas at Gleneagles
If you still haven’t decided where to spend Christmas, you can get an extra
free night at one of the UK’s most spectacular hotels, the super-luxe
Gleneagles in Perthshire. The hotel’s three-night Christmas package
includes ice skating, fireworks on Christmas Eve, a traditional ceilidh on
Boxing Day and seasonal menus in the hotel’s famous restaurants. Prices
from £3,010 for three nights, plus a complimentary night on 23, 27 or 29
Dec. Call 0800 704 705 or visit www.gleneagles.com.
Picture: GETTY

On finding out that the average stay at Magnificent Petra.
Les Pavillons is two weeks, we were over-
come by envy. But then we looked at the New Year’s in Jordan
sea, felt the warm wind and sipped our Don’t fancy ringing in the New Year with still more cold and dreary weather?
cocktail, and just thanked our lucky stars Tour operator Jules Verne has just the thing, with a package in Jordan where
to be there at all.
Thomas Cook Signature (0844 879 8015 or ACTIVITIES you can experience the numerous delights of the Red Sea, including Aquaba,
as well as Wadi Rum and Petra. Beats the drizzle any day. Packages including
www.tcsignature.com) specialises in worldwide Mauritius is great for those who enjoy (or want water circulation in the lagoon, and sights flights, seven nights’ bed and breakfast and a New Year’s dinner cost from
holidays, including Mauritius. For January £897 per person based on two sharing, with additional costs for excursions.
2010, it’s offering seven nights on an all inclu- to try) water sports, diving or snorkelling and include old shipwrecks. On the north and west To reserve, call 0845 166 7035 or visit www.vjv.com.
sive basis in a standard room at the Four Star other sea activities. Deep-sea fishing is excellent, coasts, lagoons are large and easy to navigate.
Tamassa from £1,395 per person, saving £379 with potential catches including the black and Behind the barrier reef, the experienced scuba Dive and trek in Turkey
per person. Seven nights half-board in a superi- blue marlin, yellow tuna and barracuda – there diver can find spectacular underwater caves or Luxury resort Letoonia has added adventurous excursions to its entice-
or room at the five star Les Pavillons starts at ments with a new programme of diving and trekking for 2010. Follow
£1,479 per person, saving £423 per person. are also numerous varieties of sharks to look large coral blocks. Water skiing, snorkelling, expert guides through mountain scenery trails and retrace the footsteps of
Both prices include international flights with out for. kayaking, glass-bottom boat trips, pedalo boats nomadic tribes, or come face to face with vibrant marine life during an
Air Mauritius from London Heathrow, trans- There are 30 diving centres on the island, and wind surfing are free at both Tamassa and exhilarating dive into the Aegean Sea. Trekking costs begin at £140 per
fers to and from the hotel and are based on each with their own charms. On the east coast, Les Pavillons, both of which also offer diving and person and diving costs start at £275 per person. Packages including
two sharing, travelling from 8 - 31 the underwater life is more varied with greater fishing at a price. accommodation and flight transfers are available for both programmes.
January 2010. Call +90 242 715 1450 or visit www.letooniaresorts.com to book.
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Results
Quins hopes ANOTHER GONG FOR GIGGS
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Birmingham................(0) 1 West Ham..........................(0) 0
Bowyer 52 Att: 28,203
Bolton..............................(2) 3 Man City .............................(2) 3

dashed by
Klasnic 11, 53 Tevez 28, 77, Richards 45
Cahill 43 Att: 22,735
Burnley ..........................(0) 1 Fulham .................................(0) 1
Elliott 60 Zamora 50
Att: 18,397
Chelsea...........................(2) 3 Everton................................(2) 3
Drogba 18, 59, Anelka 23 Cech 12 (og), Yakubu 45
Att: 41,579 Saha 63

slick Sharks
Hull....................................(0) 0 Blackburn..........................(0) 0
Att: 24,124
Man Utd.........................(0) 0 Aston Villa .........................(1) 1
Att: 75,130 Agbonlahor 21
Stoke................................(1) 2 Wigan....................................(1) 2
Sanli 37 Boyce 15, Figueroa 72
Shawcross 74 Att: 26,728
Sunderland..................(1) 1 Portsmouth......................(0) 1
Bent 23 Kaboul 90
Att: 37,578
to really go for it in the second. Tottenham...................(0) 0 Wolverhampton.............(1) 1
HARLEQUINS 19 “They had four chances and they
scored four tries. It’s been a massively
Att: 36,012
Yesterday
Doyle 3

Liverpool .......................(1) 1 Arsenal................................(0) 2
disappointing Heineken Cup cam- Kuyt 41 Johnson 50 (og)
SALE 29 paign, but we should warn Sale that
we won’t travel all the way up there
Att: 43,853

Chelsea
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16 12 1 3 40 13 27 37
Arshavin 58

next weekend without being compet-
itive.” Man Utd 16 11 1 4 34 14 20 34

RUGBY UNION Arsenal 15 10 1 4 40 19 21 31
Elsewhere, Leicester staged a late Aston Villa 16 8 5 3 26 14 12 29
BY JON COUCH fightback but couldn’t prevent a Tottenham 16 8 3 5 35 22 13 27
HEAD coach John Kingston insisted his potentially-damaging 40-30 defeat to Man City 15 6 8 1 29 21 8 26
Harlequins side will not roll over for Clermont Auvergne. Liverpool 16 7 3 6 32 22 10 24
Sale in Friday’s reverse clash after the The French side raced into a strong Birminghm 16 7 3 6 16 16 0 24
Fulham 16 6 5 5 20 17 3 23
Sharks finally put paid to their faint early lead amid snow showers, but Sunderland 16 6 3 7 22 22 0 21
Heineken Cup hopes at The Stoop. despite the late flurry which led to Stoke 16 5 6 5 15 19 -4 21
The Quins scored three tries and tries for Anthony Allen, Toby Flood Blackburn 16 5 4 7 16 28 -12 19
conceded four in a thrilling tie which and Jeremy Staunton, the Tigers were Burnley 16 5 3 8 20 34 -14 18
was effectively won by a memorable always second best. Wigan 16 5 3 8 19 36 -17 18
Everton 16 4 5 7 22 30 -8 17
score from England wing Ben Cohen. Bath kept their hopes alive by hold- Hull 17 4 5 8 17 34 -17 17
It means Quins need a minor mira- ing on for a 16-9 victory over Wolves 16 4 4 8 15 28 -13 16
cle to make the quarter-finals, but Edinburgh for their first win of the RYAN GIGGS’ trophy-laden year continued last night when he was crowned the 2009 BBC West Ham 16 3 5 8 24 31 -7 14
Kingston insisted his side still have a campaign. Sports Personality of the Year. The Manchester United ace, named PFA Player of the Year Bolton 15 3 4 8 20 32 -12 13
point or two to prove at Edgeley Park. Tries from hooker Pieter Dixon and last season, beat F1 world champion Jenson Button and athlete Jessica Ennis to the prize. Portsmouth 16 3 2 11 14 24 -10 11
“It was win or bust,” Kingston Michael Stephenson proved enough England football coach Fabio Capello was named Coach of the Year, while the England
admitted. “We gave away so many to cancel out Chris Paterson’s three cricket team were Team of the Year. Sprinter Usain Bolt won the Overseas prize and golf SPORTS EDITOR JON COUCH
soft tries in the first half that we had penalties. legend Seve Ballesteros was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Picture: PA email sport@cityam.com

SPORT | IN BRIEF
I had no knowledge, says
Woods’ caddy Williams
Yelling joy but Farah collapses More history for Martin Ding takes second UK title
ATHLETICS: Britain’s long distance hope GOLF: Spaniard Pablo Martin created SNOOKER: China’s Ding Junhui secured
Mo Farah had to be carried away on a more European Tour history after claim- four of the last five frames to stun world
stretcher after securing a second place ing the Alfred Dunhill Championship in champion John Higgins and claim a
finish at the European Cross Country South Africa. second UK Championship success at
Championships. Two years after becoming the first Telford last night.
Farah, who won the event in 2006, col- amateur to win on the circuit, the 23- Ding, the 2005 champion, came from knowledge of what he is doing.”

GOLF
lapsed at the line after missing out to year-old has now become the first player 7-6 down to beat the Scot 10-8 in a Woods, 33, has not been seen in
Spain’s Alemayehu Bezabeh in Dublin. ever to capture titles both as an amateur tense finale. TIGER WOODS’S caddie Steve public since confessing he had been
It still proved a good day, however, for and a professional. Higgins missed a routine brown to Williams insists he had no knowledge unfaithful to his wife Elin.
British athletes after Hayley Yelling The Malaga player, who had scored throw away a near certain 9-7 lead and of the world No1’s “infidelity”. Last night he was dropped by man-
secured a shock win in the women’s event. just one top ten finish in between, the world No14 made him pay by taking Woods is currently taking an indef- agement consultancy firm
Yelling, 35, only came out of a year- secured his Tour card until 2012 after the final three frames – including a final inite break from golf following revela- Accenture, who said the golfer is “no
long retirement last month but led from posting a final round 69 to finish on 17- frame break of 75 – in a match which fin- tions about his private life. longer the right representative”.
start to finish to beat Rosa Morato by under-par and edge out another former ished at gone midnight. “I had no knowledge of what was But Williams, who has caddied for
seven seconds. She said: “I just wanted to champion, Charl Schwarzel, by a single Victory was Ding’s fourth success in going on. If I did, I would say I did. I’m Woods since 1999, is standing by him.
go out hard, because I know that’s how I shot in a tense finale. ranking events, making him the most suc- an honest person,” said Williams. He said: “I am committed to him. I
race better, to just go out and hang on Overnight leader Ernie Els slipped back cessful overseas player, surpassing James “When he is not competing, I am understand he needs a break to sort
for as long as possible.” after a disappointing 77. Wattana. back in New Zealand. I have no his personal stuff out.”
Sport
24 CITYA.M. 14 DECEMBER 2009

“IT’S A MASSIVELY
DISAPPOINTING
CAMPAIGN”
QUINS’ EURO HOPES
CRUSHED BY COHEN: P23

Spurs star
faces police
probe after
fan claim


FOOTBALL
TOP 7 BY TOM WALKER
TEAM PLD W D L F A PTS
POLICE last night confirmed they are
Chelsea 16 12 1 3 40 13 37 investigating an alleged assault by
Man Utd 16 11 1 4 34 14 34 Tottenham full-back Benoit Assou-
Arsenal 15 10 1 4 40 19 31 Ekotto on one of his own fans at
White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Aston Villa 16 8 5 3 26 14 29
The 25-year-old Cameroon interna-
Tottenham 16 8 3 5 35 22 27 tional confronted a fan near the dug-
Man City 15 6 8 1 29 21 26 out shortly after Spurs’ shock 1-0
Liverpool 16 7 3 6 32 22 24 defeat by Wolves and had to be
dragged away by assistant manager
Boss Arsene Wenger congratulates scorer Andrey Arshavin after his half-time tirade prompted a rousing Arsenal comeback at Anfield. Picture: ACTION IMAGES Joe Jordan.
“The police are investigating an

Wenger rant fires Gunners
allegation of assault following the
Spurs v Wolves match at White Hart
Lane,” a police spokesman confirmed.
“There have been no arrests.”
Spurs say they are reviewing the
incident although boss Harry
Redknapp claims not to have seen it.
“We’re aware of the incident and
break, Wenger saw his men come lipped as to what exactly was said at failed to deal with Fabio Aurelio’s investigating it. The police are speak-
LIVERPOOL 1 through thanks to a Glen Johnson
own goal and a stunning strike from
half-time, saying: “I don’t like to talk
about that, I’ll keep that in the dress-
free-kick under pressure from Lucas
and Kuyt was on hand to steer home.
ing to everyone involved,” a Spurs
spokesman added.
Andrey Arshavin, who added to his ing room.” Instead, he admitted: “They But Wenger’s rant clearly had the The allegation comes from the sup-
ARSENAL 2 four-goal burst at Anfield last season.
Victory moved the Gunners back
knew it was absolutely needed to win
this game and when you lose the 50-
desired effect as the Gunners were
level just five minutes into the re-start.
porter, who gave a statement to secu-
rity officials, along with Jordan.
up to third in the table, three points 50s in big games you don’t win. It was Samir Nasri’s innocuous cross got a An eye witness said the defender,
behind Manchester United in second just to make them conscious the com- slight touch from Jamie Carragher who joined the north London club

FOOTBALL
with a game in hand. mitment of Liverpool was bigger. which wrong-footed Johnson, who in from Lens in 2006, raised his hands to
BY JON COUCH But captain Fabregas admitted “I don’t put it down to a lack of turn, bundled the ball past his own the supporter’s neck after allegedly
ARSENAL captain Cesc Fabregas none of that would have been possi- desire – there was a fear to lose a big keeper, Pepe Reina. receiving verbal abuse.
admitted a furious dressing room ble without the boss’ intervention. game. You could see that in the first Then, eight minutes later, Arshavin The clash was not spotted on cam-
tirade from manager Arsene Wenger “The boss screamed, I’ve never half. It showed the team can respond brought back memories of last sea- era by broadcasters covering the
was the inspiration behind the seen him like that before,” the and they are proud.” son’s heroic display at Anfield with an match, so CCTV footage may be used.
Anfield comeback which reignited Spaniard explained. “He was really Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez emphatic finish high past the keeper. Saturday’s defeat, which sees
the Gunners’ title hopes. disappointed in the first half and unleashed both big guns Steven But the Reds posed little threat Redknapp’s men drop to fifth in the
Wenger’s side were punished for a said we didn’t deserve to wear the Gerrard and Fernando Torres on the thereafter and slumped to their sixth Premier League table, was met with a
poor first half display by Dirk Kuyt’s Arsenal shirt if we played like that. Gunners and it was no surprise when league defeat, thus piling more pres- chorus of boos by home fans.
41st minute opener. And I think he was right. In the sec- they took the lead just before the sure on under-fire Benitez. “Top four is Spurs have the chance to make
But after stunning his side into ond half we turned it round.” break after dominating the opening the target, it’s a long way but we need amends on Wednesday when they
action with a furious outburst at the Wenger, however, remained tight- half. Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia to keep going,” he said. host sixth-placed Manchester City.

Picking star Anderson is a Haye trainer has no fear
from Klitschko defence
‘small risk’ warns Strauss he said. “He plants his feet in range,

BOXING
uses his height to lean back out of the
cerned with the fitness of his No1 Sidebottom, who pressed his claims
BY TOM WALKER way of hitting, coming back that may

CRICKET
strike bowler. “There is an element of for a place in the bowling attack for DAVID HAYE’S trainer Adam Booth is have substance on it and uses his
BY JON COUCH risk, but a small one,” Strauss said. Wednesday with an impressive five- confident he has hatched a plan to strong arms to push so repetitively.”
CAPTAIN Andrew Strauss admits “Even when his knee has been hurt- wicket haul. beat Vitali Klitschko after the After the fight, Klitschko declared
England are taking a “small risk” in ing quite a lot, it still hasn’t prevented The left-armer, who has himself Ukrainian retained his WBC heavy- himself ready and willing to meet
picking star bowler James Anderson him from bowling. been struggling with a side injury, weight title in Berne, Switzerland, on WBA heavyweight champion Haye in
for the first Test against South Africa “We never got to that stage – and took 5-42, leaving his skipper contem- Saturday night. the ring.
on Wednesday. that was quite a long time ago. I’m plating a healthy dilemma. Klitschko condemned American “This will be very interesting to
Anderson has been struggling with not overly concerned. But when you “It was very encouraging to see the Kevin Johnson to his first defeat with fight Haye but let’s see what next year
a knee injury but was risked for 15 pick a bowler you want him to be as way Ryan bowled,” Strauss added. a unanimous points victory but his brings. Let’s see, I am ready,” he said.
overs in the final warm-up match close to 100 per cent fit as possible “I was very impressed with him. laboured performance failed to Londoner Haye, who defeated giant
before the series opener at Centurion. because in these conditions, you’re The ball hit the gloves hard; he swung impress Booth. Russian Nicolay Valuev last month, is
The Lancastrian weighed in with going to be asking quite a lot of your it, reverse-swung it at the end – and “It was a typical Vitali performance. currently nursing a hand injury
just one wicket in the drawn match fast bowlers.” he’s always pretty accurate. He does the same thing over and over ahead of his first defence against the
against a South African Invitational Strauss’ concerns were eased some- “It’s a pretty good combination again and everybody that he fights is mandatory WBA challenger, John
XI, but Strauss insists he is not con- what by the form of seamer Ryan when he’s got all that going.” unable to pose a question of his style,” Ruiz, in the spring.