It’s been a week of anniversaries, beginning with the sombre milestone of 20 years since 9/11. It feels like yesterday that we watched in shock as it unfolded, first in the office then after we quickly left work with my housemates back home. I didn’t realise at the time how much it would change the world – not least the reality of globalism: there is no longer an “over there” and an “over here”.
Wednesday was the 13th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman, demonstrating vividly Hemmingway’s description of how bankruptcy happens “gradually then suddenly”. I came across this article by S&P from 12 Sep 2008, headlined “Lehman not expected to fail, S&P analyst says” …
Finally, I was saddened to learn that Sir Clive Sinclair died yesterday. Many of you over 45 will have had a ZX Spectrum and a much smaller number might have coveted a Sinclair C5 in 1985 – let me know if you actually owned or drove one. The BBC notes that he was “a devoted father and grandfather”, though perhaps not the best husband.
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