Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Karate Chop IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE SACKED, PRAY IT'S IN JAPANP ESE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Karate Chop IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE SACKED, PRAY IT'S IN JAPANP ESE

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Byline: Simon English

CASTING around for tales of the most forthright or comical way a trader or banker has ever been fired, I tried to avoid making the obvious phone call.

But pickings elsewhere were disappointing, mere everyday tales of heartbreak and despair, of brutal dismissals from uncaring bosses that led to missed mortgage payments and marital breakdowns.

Of genuine human misery that might leave the impression that the City crew are just people too, that their lives are mostly similar to anyone's.

The stories received left the clear impression that City life might not be a series of promotions and bonuses received while getting drunk at the Coq D'Argent.

There's tedium and disappointment and real strife too.

I love that old Jam song as much as anyone, but That's not Entertainment.

The inevitable call to the man-withthe-gags is placed.

He phones back from his sixth new mobile phone this year.

"I've got one for you son," goes the message. …

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