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Japanese equities: Share buybacks and rising dividends — If Japanese companies fully embrace higher shareholder returns, strong upside to the Japanese market can be expected, explains Ben Williams, investment director at GAM.,Investment,Japan / Far East,Equities ,Japan,global equities,MSCI,S&P 500,quantitative-easing,QE ,S&P

Gein’s Family Giftshop - Volume 1 review — Read Time Out's review of Gein's Family Giftshop - Volume 1 at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Plus read more Edinburgh Fringe reviews from comedy and theatre.

Will share buybacks start 'snowball effect' in Japan? — A recent spate of share buybacks among companies jostling to prove they can reward shareholders shows Japanese companies are finally ready to be shareholder-friendly, explains GAM Japan manager Ben Williams.,Japan / Far East ,Japan,fund manager views,GAM

Tedfest London: what to expect — Want an excuse to dress up as a priest and shout 'feck' among likeminded eejits? Ah, go on. 'Father Ted' festival Tedfest started on the Aran island of Inis Mór - the actual Craggy Island - back in 2007. Since then it's grown into a hugely popular annual party.

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David Brent & Foregone Conclusion Live — It's been ten years since 'The Office' left our screens, but David Brent's Comic Relief skits and YouTube videos earlier this year have proved that the public...

Oceanografia Liquidator Knows Narcos’ Bikes Best: Mexico Credit — The fate of some Oceanografia SA bondholders now rests with a Mexican government agency more accustomed to selling SUVs and jewelry seized from drug dealers and tax cheats. Mexico, which took control of the oil contractor on Feb. 28 after Citigroup Inc.

Free comedy gigs: free for all? — The best things in life are free, so they say. But then, 'they' also say you get what you pay for. A few years ago, the free comedy circuit was just a handful of open mic nights. Now, there are slickly run shows featuring line-ups of very good quality, where donations are often encouraged at the end of the gig.

Couple bags 'monstor' gator in Putnam County — Ben Williams has been hunting gators for a long time and already has one in Florida's top-10 record book. So when he and wife Louann spotted a big one around daybreak Wednesday in the northern reaches of Lake George, he knew it was right up there.

The 10 most paranoid thrillers of the ’70s — We might think of '70s cinema as the era of Spielberg, Scorcese and the birth of the blockbuster, but it was the profusion of paranoid conspiracy thrillers that really embodied the period.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @ftrain: “The critique I think is actually the most interesting: yeah, the meritocracy works if you know the right people.”…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @moryan: V satisfying finale to #TheKnick Fri. Very Knick-ish. An enjoyable masterclass in directing. Read @mattzollerseitz…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @edyong209: .@kathrynschulz wrote an entire piece about the ridiculousness of the word “czar”. It is awesome.

Oct 16, 2014

RT @AnneRiceAuthor: This article by Laura June, "In Praise of Anne Rice, Prolific Amazon Reviewer--" just came to my attention. I'm...

Oct 15, 2014

RT @sepinwall: .@TVMoJoe may have gotten some details on the a la carte HBO streaming service…

Oct 15, 2014

RT @drgrist: An interview w/ Atul Gawande about end-of-life care:… Gawande seems weirdly perfect: smart, compassionate, articulate.

Oct 14, 2014

RT @juliaturner: Thank you @NoreenMalone for weighing in on the true meaning (and latent sexism) of the put-down "basic bitch":…

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