Archive for August, 2013

“ My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.”

A very Rare commodity these days “common sense ” it should be called ” dodo sense as its so rare !

I totally agree to this

Tony Evans
“ My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.”
Helen Gurley Brown

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When It Comes To Business, Nice Guys Finish First

I was brought up on the concept a “gentleman’s handshake ‘ all that was needed to close a deal , but not now .
Good read below enjoy .

When It Comes To Business, Nice Guys Finish First

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JOHN CLEESE -ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2013 EUROPE

Made me laugh !

ALERTS TO THREATS IN 2013 EUROPE

From JOHN CLEESE

The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Syria and have therefore raised their security level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada.

The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let’s get the Bastards.” They don’t have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.

The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France ‘s white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country’s military capability.

Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.”

The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.”

Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels ..

The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.

Australia, meanwhile, has raised its security level from “No worries” to “She’ll be right, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we’ll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far no situation has ever warranted use of the last final escalation level.

Regards,
John Cleese ,
British writer, actor and tall person

And as a final thought – Greece is collapsing, the Iranians are getting aggressive, and Rome is in disarray. Welcome back to 430 BC.

Life is too short…

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The Unauthorized Rules Of How To Dress At Goldman Sachs

Had to share this .

The Unauthorized Rules Of How To Dress At Goldman Sachs

Shoes

No brogues, wing-tipped, or square-toed shoes.
#1: He’s really wearing square-toed shoes…

#2: Wait, it’s intern season already?

Stick with loafers; they’re more comfortable and convenient. And the conventional wisdom that they lack the formality of traditional lace-ups has long-since expired.
If you aren’t confident in your innate fashion sense, keep the shoes black when wearing a suit. There’s no need to attempt hazel Bottega Venetas and a matching belt with a monastral blue suit. In most cases, you can’t pull it off.
Prada and Gucci; start and end there. Decent $700 shoes will last you 3-4x times longer than something you pick up from Bloomingdale’s for $300. Do the math.
Cedar shoetrees are an absolute must. They absorb moisture, stiff-arm the signs of aging, and otherwise materially extend the life of your shoes.
Don’t forget to get your housekeeper a decent shine kit for Christmas. And make sure she uses it.

Socks

Unless you are married to a Sloane Ranger or studied Classics at Cambridge, leave the pink Richard James socks at home. It’s not Ladies’ Day at Ascot.
#1: Most Brits aren’t gay, but their socks are.

Calvin Klein or Giorgio Armani makes some great calve-high plain black socks that never change with the season. And just as Michael Jordan insisted on a new pair of shoes every game, you need to keep the socks fresh.
Buy at least 20 identical pair every six months.
#1: I wear a brand new pair of socks every day. That’s probably my only indulgence. That, and watches… And wine.

The ‘no socks’ look is disgusting, and is actually a stated violation of many corporate dress codes, particularly for banks.

Pants/Trousers

No cuffs and no pleats; pleats are for guys with gunts (front asses).

#1: Dude, cuffed pants are for limo drivers.

Belt loops are optional. If you have a decent tailor, rock the side tabs.

#1: Did you forget your belt today?

#2: I don’t need one; did you forget to get your suit tailored?

Actually, side tabs are rather convenient if you are a junior banker. You’ve got less time for the gym and spend many a lunch and dinner hunched over your desk. Throw in the boozy nights out and extravagant client dinners and it’s a recipe for looking like 2011 Alec Baldwin.

Belts/Suspenders

This is pretty obvious – nothing garish or obnoxious, and this includes those ridiculous monogrammed silver buckles that all boys in Greenwich get for their 14th birthday.
A few years ago, we had a 1st year analyst walk across the trading floor with a Gucci ‘G’ belt buckle. “Hey bubba, I didn’t know The Gap made belts,” bellows out a trader. “Um, it’s Gucci,” the kid snaps back. The words are barely out of his mouth before he realizes he’s being mocked in front of half a dozen guys and just made it a lot worse. That was all it took; the kid was never able to earn even a modicum of respect after that, and ended up leaving the firm less than a year later.
No suspenders, period. Who do you think you are, Matt “GG” Defusco?

Shirts

The infamous blue shirt and white collar is acceptable, as long as the shade of blue isn’t too deep and accompanied with a power tie. This ode to Gekko works much better today in a light pink, baby blue, or lavender shirt, and without a tie.
Skip the monograms… Unless your initials are D.I.K.
No shirt pockets or collar buttons. This isn’t a 1994 Brooks Brothers catalogue.
Make sure your shirts are tapered appropriately. If you want to see how ridiculous ‘blousy’ looks, go back and watch some old Seinfeld reruns.
Have new shirts made every year and donate the old ones to Career Gear, a great non-profit that provides interview clothes to low income individuals.
French cuffs are fine, provided that the cufflinks aren’t straight out of the Donald J. Trump collection.
And if you sweat, wear a damn undershirt, you slob. Besides, a $50 t-shirt will save numerous $200 dress shirts from your disgusting armpits.

Ties

It’s all about the Windsor knot, with the perfectly symmetrical triangle. A half or full Windsor are both fine, depending on the thickness of the tie and the spread of the collar.

MD#1: Handshakes and tie knots. I don’t have time for someone that can’t master those basic skills.

Skip the dimple that creates that obnoxious crease; you’re not Al Sharpton.
Sorry interns and analysts, no Hermès.
#1: Don’t show up to an interview in a Hermès tie. I don’t give a f*ck if you can afford it, you have to earn it.

#1: Hermes ties are like Air Jordans for white people.

Everyone has a favorite tie, but don’t wear it every damn week.

#1: There’s nothing pretentious about keeping a tie journal. It keeps me on a solid 10-12 week rotation.

Suit Jacket

You can’t go wrong with two-button, notched-lapel, and single-breasted. Skip the three-button suit altogether.
Absolutely no double-breasted herringbone. It’s gone and never coming back. Sorry, David Letterman.
Avoid the peaked lapel, unless it’s on a single-button, casual suit.
In terms of color, keep it to various shades of gray and navy, with a few varieties of pinstripes. That’s all you need.
#1: Is that a brown suit? The back office is in Jersey City, pal.

No need to go above 160 per inch thread count. Between the abrasive Herman Miller chairs and the drunken nights out, they don’t last.
And it goes without saying; buy as many suits as you can reasonably afford.
But don’t waste your money buying off-the-rack at Barney’s or Bergdorf; go bespoke.
#1: Gucci suits are like Corvettes. They’re a great way of telling people you didn’t always have money.

It’s a cliché because it’s true; the most expensive suit is the one you wear the least.
#1: I spent $2,000 on a suit I don’t need or like, just to impress a sales chick I don’t find attractive.

Business Casual

If you’re not in the US, lose the khakis.
Sweaters over a collared shirt? For the most part, no problem.
#1: Why do people wear wool if they know cashmere exists?

#1: There is no such thing as turtleneck weather.

Stick with Polo shirts; no one cares to watch you inevitably mime golf swings.

#1: Nothing says douchebag quite like wearing an Augusta golf shirt when the Masters are on.

Watches

I saw an Associate get picked off for sporting a new Daytona the week before bonus. A quick “if you want watches to matter, go work at Morgan Stanley” wiped that smirk right off his face.
#1: Wearing a Rolex is like driving an Audi. It says you’ve got some money, but nothing to say.

Thanks to Hank Paulson, Nike running watches and Livestrong bracelets were to 2004 what Lloyd’s stubble beard has been to 2012-13. There are quite a few senior guys that still wear a Nike sport watch, intentionally, or even no watch at all.

#1: Not wearing a watch is the new Patek.

Forget all about Hublot. It’s a great way to tell people that you’re an idiot who has more money than taste. Hublot was a second-rate brand with third-rate craftsmanship until about 15 years ago when they arbitrarily doubled the price and started paying celebrities and sport figures to wear them. It’s been a marketers wet dream.

#1: Hublot put the ‘whore’ in ‘horology’

Miscellaneous Tips

Pocket squares are for washed-up, unemployable ex-bankers, turned CNBC guest pundits, i.e. a guy who takes himself far too seriously and has a massive chip on his shoulder.
Wedding rings, watches, and cufflinks are the only acceptable form of jewelry for a man. Unless the Dalai Lama gave you that bracelet, leave it at home.
#1: In New York, don’t trust a banker with a pocket square. In London, it’s a pinky ring. And in Asia, don’t f–king trust anyone.

Like Ambien and red wine, the wrong fashion combination can become a disastrously lethal cocktail of Larry Kudlow-esque proportions.

MD #1: A double-breasted suit and a blue shirt with a white collar? Was it a rough night in the water bed?

#1: Plaid shirt, bow tie, and pocket square is the douchebag trifecta.

Finally, “an architect is only as good as his builder, and a fashion designer is only as good as your tailor.”

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David Cameron loses Commons vote on Syria action

I was so happy and proud to read about this today . That the UK government had used the democratic process and listened to the voters and international law .

To much of today “news ” is from social media and not from reliable source .

Don’t get me wrong if the Syrian government is using chemical weapon on its people then action is needed but only if the UN confirm so and only with a UN resolution .

Iraq thought us evidence is required before such action

Tony Evans

Tokyo

Historic Vote Sees Cameron Defeated by Lawmakers on Syria

BBC- David Cameron loses Commons vote on Syria action

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I’m not interested in great. I want it to know who its daddy is

How true !

I’m not interested in great. I want it to know who its daddy is

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Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back. Erin Andrews

Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back. Erin Andrews

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