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Friday, 10 October 2008

Man in a grey suit says don't panic!



Oct 10 08, 12:08pm (48 minutes ago)
Staff Staff writer

Freepoland's suggestion that we forget money and think about poetry was, presumably, a joke, so it's wonderfully synchronous that, in the UBS clip posted above, the bank's basso profundo economics spokesman Paul Donovan does exactly that – with the UBS global economics department's own version of Rudyard Kipling's "If".

Shares in Kipling have soared following the UBS podcast, reaching $12 a simile in Far Eastern markets. Rupert Brooke is looking strong in the light of many likely casualties in foreign fields. Philip Larkin is selling well in the belief that we will all be utterly depressed and living in Mr Bleaney-style bedsits in a month or two. A lot of investors are putting their faith in poetic gold – Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, Marvell – whose values are unlikely to be shaken in these testing times. But Victorian derivatives are doing badly, and stock in Tennyson is now reckoned to be almost worthless. Henry Paulson is expected to make a statement on iambic pentameters later in the day.


Toby Wollin said...

I'll stick with Robert Services:
A bunch of the boys were whooping it up in the Malamute saloon;
The kid that handles the music-box was hitting a rag-time tune;
Back of the bar, in a solo game, sat Dangerous Dan McGrew,
And watching his luck was his light-o'-love, the lady that’s known as Lou.

Arabella said...

Felicia Hemans - buy buy buy!

MR style said...

that's truly interestin ! i love it !

George S said...

I'd invest in Tennysons now. He's long term.

Service? A cheery little investment with small returns.

Always invest in anyone called Felicia (or indeed Felix). Hemans especially.

desertwind said...

I'm putting all my funds in Linda Grant futures.

Knock 'em dead, sweetie.

We'll be thinking of you Monday night!

(Hmmmmm errrr the Booker thingie IS Monday night, isn't it?)

Anonymous said...

I'm done for I spent up on Pam Ayers... But at least I've a smile...

Linda Grant said...

No, Tuesday!

fay said...

Once again, best of luck for Tuesday evening. Are we getting an update on the gown, etc. beforehand?