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From yesterday's newspaper some "new" words coined this year (extracts from Schott's Almanac 2007) - quite amusing - I've picked out some with some business relevance, and some with less business relevance! 

Pharm Animal - GM animal bred to make transgenic drugs for humans
Billanthrophy -spectacular form of philanthropy practised by Bill Gates
Rate Tart - one who moves saving or debts to get the best interest rates
Toff Roader - a posh off-road 4x4
Prole's Royce - stretched limo filled with drunken teenage girls

And some old - but still worthwhile definitions from the world of venture capital

Currently Revising the Budget - financial plan is in total chaos
Entrepreneurial CEO - totally uncontrollable, bordering on maniacal
Limited Downside - it can't get much worse
Possibility of a slight shortfall - revenue shortfall of 50%
Somewhat below the plan - revenue shortfall of 75%
Turnaround opportunity - lost cause
Unique - no more than six competitors

These have been around for a while - some more on this US venture capital house's site

Christmas Music

Another concert plug I'm afraid.   I'm pleased to say that the Balsham Singers have invited me to perform with them again this year, in their Christmas concertBalsham_church_interior on December 16th.  Venue is Holy Trinity Church at Balsham

The program includes Berlioz L'enfance du Christ (some of), Bach's Wachet Auf Cantata BWV 140 (we're doing all of this), Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël by Poulenc, and various audience participation carols.  All this plus the obligatory mince pies and mulled wine.   Its a great way to get in the mood for Christmas peforming appropriate music, in a large Church, with a full choir and orchestra.