Reply To: Its the weekend – time for some humour


From today’s Sunday Times:

City traders, always quick to see humour in adversity, were swapping jokes about the Société Générale debacle last week. Among favourites were:

A picture of a stereotypical Frenchman saying “Combien!!???” It was captioned “Soc Gen’s risk manager” mocking the French for their short working hours. It began: ‘Friends of rogue trader Jérôme Kerviel last night blamed his $7 billion losses on unbearable levels of stress brought on by a punishing 30-hour week. ‘Kerviel was known to start work as early as nine in the morning and still be at his desk at five or even five-thirty, often with just an hour and a half for lunch. One colleague said: ‘He was, how you say, un workaholique.’ I have a family and a mistress so I would leave the office at around 2pm at the latest, if I wasn’t on strike. But Jerome was tied to that desk’