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Oct 9, 2008 12:25 PM CST A sign of the times.....
Lillym
LillymLillymSliema, Majjistral Malta60 Threads 4,845 Posts
phoenix: make your own mind up folks.....

Fatcat Barclays bankers jet off to Italy for lavish £500,000 banquet as country faces up to financial crisis Last updated at 2:33 PM on 09th October 2008While the rest of the country struggles to come to terms with the financial crisis, a group of Barclays bankers have jetted off for a lavish banquet costing more than £500,000.

As British taxpayers faced up to a grim financial future, coupled with the fear of tax hikes following the government's bailout £500billion bailout package, a group of fatcat bosses from Barclays Wealth flew out to the luxurious Villa Erba, beside Lake Como in Italy yesterday for the all-expenses paid jaunt.

Invites alone for the bash are believed to have cost up to £3,000.
Over 300 guests will be wined, dined and entertained with an evening of opera before spending the night in the luxury surroundings of the exclusive Villa D'Este hotel

'Given the current climate it's really got up everyone's noses that this one is going ahead.
'Hard-working Brits face losing their homes, but it seems these bankers don't care as long as they can sip chianti in Italy.

'The cost will be huge - talk about feasting while Rome burns.'
Despite staff admitting the annual conference "sent out the wrong message", a spokeswoman for Barclays Wealth defended the expensive trip.
'You can't stop doing business just because of the credit crunch', she said.

'This is not jolly people going to dinner, it's an educational seminar - and it's more important than ever to keep this kind of thing going in the credit crunch.'

This latest jaunt comes just a week after more than 100 staff from Barclays Private Equity enjoyed a sunshine break at a £1,800 a night hotel in the French Riviera.

A guest at the hotel said: 'They were lapping up five-star luxury and talking of their party night in Monte Carlo as if the banking industry was in rude health.

'It was a totally shameless display of extreme wealth at a time when millions back at home are struggling with debts.

'While youngsters can’t get mortgages and financial institutions are on the brink of bankruptcy, these overpaid bankers seemed not to have a care in the world.'




Dang......and I didn't get to go....rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing
Oct 9, 2008 12:30 PM CST A sign of the times.....
Time to ANNUL this Unholy Marriage between Politics and the Economy!
As long those Feckers are able to run to an Elected Official to change a Law in their Favour,and Vice Versa NOTHING will change!frustrated frustrated very mad
Oct 9, 2008 2:18 PM CST A sign of the times.....
jan45
jan45jan45Sofia, Sofia City Bulgaria12 Threads 7 Polls 615 Posts
gangel: Cheers (no rakia for me tho)

cheers Cheers gangel,
I m glad that you took away this octopussy from your profile.
Oct 9, 2008 2:25 PM CST A sign of the times.....
Mirodenia
MirodeniaMirodeniaNew York City, New York USA61 Threads 8 Polls 2,387 Posts
jan45: Cheers gangel,
I m glad that you took away this octopussy from your profile.


You drink alone there without your faithful neighbour Mirodenia?

Ah... cheers
Oct 9, 2008 2:35 PM CST A sign of the times.....
jan45
jan45jan45Sofia, Sofia City Bulgaria12 Threads 7 Polls 615 Posts
Mirodenia: You drink alone there without your faithful neighbour Mirodenia?

Ah...

cheers I read your hard threats about minorities and so on.
Oct 19, 2008 5:21 PM CST A sign of the times.....
gangel
gangelgangelPlovdiv, Bulgaria, Hampshire, England UK59 Threads 19 Polls 6,401 Posts
jan45: Cheers gangel,
I m glad that you took away this octopussy from your profile.


octopussy is? confused
Oct 19, 2008 5:45 PM CST A sign of the times.....
Gillie
GillieGillieYork, North Yorkshire, England UK4 Threads 1 Polls 30 Posts
Just for once I'm almost (note I said 'almost') glad I haven't any money!hmmm
Oct 19, 2008 5:49 PM CST A sign of the times.....
jan45
jan45jan45Sofia, Sofia City Bulgaria12 Threads 7 Polls 615 Posts
gangel: octopussy is?

Octopus/devil fish/One of the James Bond s movies called "Octopussy".It s about a woman which breeded them.
Oct 19, 2008 5:50 PM CST A sign of the times.....
gangel
gangelgangelPlovdiv, Bulgaria, Hampshire, England UK59 Threads 19 Polls 6,401 Posts
Gillie: Just for once I'm almost (note I said 'almost') glad I haven't any money!


We become twohmmmjoylaugh
Oct 19, 2008 5:52 PM CST A sign of the times.....
gangel
gangelgangelPlovdiv, Bulgaria, Hampshire, England UK59 Threads 19 Polls 6,401 Posts
jan45: Octopus/devil fish/One of the James Bond s movies called "Octopussy".It s about a woman which breeded them.


detective Can't remember what pic you meant, but at least I now know what octopus means.wave
Oct 19, 2008 5:53 PM CST A sign of the times.....
Gillie
GillieGillieYork, North Yorkshire, England UK4 Threads 1 Polls 30 Posts
gangel: We become two


Maybe we should pool our non existent resources and put them under the mattress, at least we would be able to sleep as they wouldn't make toomuch of a 'bump'
Oct 19, 2008 5:55 PM CST A sign of the times.....
gangel
gangelgangelPlovdiv, Bulgaria, Hampshire, England UK59 Threads 19 Polls 6,401 Posts
Gillie: Maybe we should pool our non existent resources and put them under the mattress, at least we would be able to sleep as they wouldn't make toomuch of a 'bump'


Exactlylaughwine
Oct 19, 2008 5:56 PM CST A sign of the times.....
¨Business as Usual!professor professor























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