THERE'S a lot of advice on the Web these days. Like
advice in pubs, it varies in quality. A member found a site which
tended to confirm the suspicion that the collective noun for
bankers is "wunch", resulting in the following letter to
Sir Peter Middleton GCB, Chair of Barclays, from Freelance
Organiser John Toner:
My attention has been drawn to a website, www.clearlybusiness.com,
supported by Barclays Bank in conjunction with Freeserve.
This site purports to offer sound advice on finance and business.
Among the advice currently on offer is the gem:
"Professional photographers are expensive so consider using a good
amateur.There is often little difference in the quality of the final
The National Union of Journalists has 35,000 members, many of whom
are photographers. It is tempting to advise our members to dispense
with the services of a bank altogether and simply stick their
hard-earned cash in an old sock and tuck it under the mattress.
But that would be absurd - wouldn't it?
Perhaps, though, your advice could be applied to other trades and
professions. Why pay an electrician or a gas fitter when you could
get some college student who will do the work for expenses only?
Days later the bank wrote back to say that they'd asked for the
site to be changed.