The economist 21 august 2013

Although he is still stirring things up at Dell, an ailing computer-maker, Carl Icahn has found time to tilt at another tech titan.

Mr Icahn is also after more money at Dell, where he has been lobbying with allies against a prposed buy-out plan put forward by Michael Dell, the firm’s founder, and Silver Lake, a private-equality firm.


FT Lex

be firing/running on all cylinders: to be operating or performing very well.

The team is firing on all cylinders.

JP Morgan’s hiring of so-called Chinese princelings is not nepotism but rather the pressure banks are under to justify their investment in Asia.

In fact, there are not enough deals in Asia for banks to get target profit, and the cost of hiring local hotshots is blowing out costs.


Journey method is a good memory technique.

This tool combines the link system and peg methods in a way that makes a very powerful tool for remembering long lists or quite complex information.

The main principle is to connect the information to be remembered to the key points in your journey.

Peg: a small piece of wood, metal, or other material that is used to hold or fasten things or to hang things on

Lunar cycle afffects your shuteye

Lunar cycle affects the night sky, the tides and even the fertility of certain marine species. Ans it turns out, we can add your shuteye to the list.

On nights closer to full moon, 33 adults volunteers of both sexes and various ages took an average of five minutes to fall asleep, and slept for 20 minutes less.


FT Lex 04 august Weekend

For English learning propose.

tout: to talk about (something or someone) as being very good, effective, skillful, etc.

spin: the act of turning around and around : an act of spinning [noncount]

nimble: able to move quickly, easily, and lightly

doldrums: a state or period of sadness or depression

potash: a form of potassium that is used especially to improve soil or to make soap


This week, world’s second and third-largest advertising groups Omnicom and Publicis announced they will combine. Shareholder of these 2 groups expect to benefit from touted $500m annual synergies. At the same time, the created $23bn colossus needs to find a solution to make it nimble to meet its clients’ demand in a fast-changing business.


Singapore bank decided to walk away from its plan to buy Indonesia’s Bank Danamon for $7bn, and hopes to develop its own local business to tap the potential of the Indonesia’s market.


Lloyds bank looks to be out of the doldrums, by lending more and doing so more profitably.


Results from the car-makers suggest they may be over the worst even if the banks are not.  Peugeot and Volkswagen both posted better than expected first-half results this week.




Timothy 1

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love , and self-discipline.