Monthly Archives: April 2011

The reams of justification for executive remuneration are mind-numbing and likely to make one succumb through sheer weariness, says Lucy Kellaway.


Even though I prefer to have genius status granted for big things, I’m prepared to accept it for any achievement at all, even for pressing send on my computer, says Lucy Kellaway.


Is the Royalties account, or any other fee-based banking service, a bit too rich for middle-class tastes? What would US fund investors make of British fund charges? And why now is the time to move out to the country


O2, the UK mobile phone operator is using technology to monitor and cut its carbon footprint. Plus, the latest data on outsourcing and an interview with Microsoft’s CIO, Tony Scott.


In this week’s podcast: We hear about the latest discovery of dry ice on Mars and why the release of carbon dioxide has a cooling effect on the Martian climate; and, we talk to Jeremy Farrar, head of Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam about planning for emergencies.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Andrew Jack.

The AAAS contribution on the discovery of dry ice on Mars, is by Nadia Ramligan.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


Billions of insurance refunds – why you could claim back your payment premiums. 24 per cent annual returns – why farmland is now a fast-growing investment. And cautious funds that offer high yields


In this week’s show: BP’s future – a City analyst gives his view; Rex Tillerson, head of Exxon Mobil, on nuclear power, the Middle East, and BP; and is solar energy being undermined by the UK government’s plans?

Presented by Sylvia Pfeifer, with Alastair Syme of Citigroup, David Blair, energy correspondent, and Kiran Stacey, Energy Source editor.

Produced by Rob Minto.


Syria has lifted its 48-year old emergency law in a bid to appease pro-democracy protesters. Fiona Symon asked Abigail Fielding-Smith in Beirut how the latest government tactic was likely to be viewed by opponents of the regime.


In this week’s podcast: We talk to mathematician Tony Crilly about the role of maths in science and whether it’s possible to determine a fair voting system by using a mathematical theory. We also talk about his latest book Big Questions: Mathematics.
The British Medical Journal contribution by Duncan Jarvies is on the development of an artificial pancreas which could make life much simpler for diabetics.

Presented by Clive Cookson with Diana Garnham.

Produced by LJ Filotrani


In this week’s podcast: As implications of the interim report, delivered last week by the Independent Commission on Banking, are fully realised, we ask what will the landscape of UK retail banking look like this time next year; we return to a favourite topic of the podcast – location, location, location; and we look at the Church of England’s criticism of bankers’ pay.

Presented by Patrick Jenkins, with Sharlene Goff and Megan Murphy in the studio and Helen Thomas in New York for Stateside.

Produced by LJ Filotrani

Next episode of Banking Weekly is on May 9