simon read

simon read


Money writer/broadcaster. BBC, Evening Standard, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Moneywise, Financial Adviser, blogs, speeches, media training simonnread@ntlworld.com

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People selling mirrors struggling to get themselves out of the picture is the funniest thing. See @SellingAMirror ⁩ for many more

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Sunday morning tennis despite the wet- hooray

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After playing two sets of tennis this morning I deserved a full-bodied delicious 10% smoked maple & coffee breakfast #stout  and Sasquatch Syrup from Durham’s @S43Brewery  is a #beer  that does the job deliciously. Cheers!

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“And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me He'd grown up just like me” The greatest song about being a father is Harry Chapin’s Cat’s in the Cradle and there’s a lovely tribute from his son Josh on this clip #HappyFathersDay2021 

#cocktail of the day is a Banana Cognac (50ml cognac, 15ml banana liqueur, 3 dashes of chocolate bitters) from - created in New York it’s sweet yet complex. Pip pip

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#blackandwhitefilm of the day: Farewell My Lovely (1944) great #filmnoir  where private eye Phillip Marlowe (Dick Powell) is plunged into a deadly web of blackmail and murder. Known as 'Murder, My Sweet' in the US, it's on Great Movies Classic at 3pm.

Film trivia: in which film did this lot bunk into the cinema at Piccadilly Circus to see the latest news about 'The Siege of Burgundy'?

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The job search continues. I failed a job interview when they asked me if I could perform under pressure and I replied: "Bum bum ba ye, um bum ba ye, baba bum bum ba ye"

"Thank you for the days, Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me" Ray Davies is 77 today. He led the greatest English band of the 60s, the Kinks, which had three number ones, nine other top 10 hits, and this, that reached number 12.

I snapped “Glove on the drain in the rain” to add to @Pensionerpower2’s long-running ‘discarded glove’ collection, but it also serves as a metaphor for today’s gloomy Monday

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Since this was published a couple of hours ago I've been contact by many more desperate #HollandandBarrett  workers. One said: "I hope you can help us put pressure on Holland and Barrett to close stores and stop taking risks with our lives. we are scared."

Out of work? @LloydsPharmacy  needs 1,500 temporary and permanent roles filling over the coming days. Vacancies include dispensers, pharmacists, delivery drivers, goods operatives and warehouse staff. For information on the roles and to apply, visit:

Lovely story: this 99-year-old only hoped to raise £1,000 for NHS Charities Together by completing 100 laps of his garden, but he is now set to raise half a million!

It was only a matter of time before a Scottish chip shop deep-fried M&S’s Colin The Caterpillar

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The amount the government has to spend on state pensions will fall by £1.5bn by 2022, partly because of over-65s dying of Covid. The government will also receive an extra £0.9bn from inheritance tax. My report for the BBC

Local paper story of the day, no question!

Shock news of the day: It seems David Bowie was a Palace fan. He sneaked in an Eagles scarf to his Blue Jean video in the 80s...

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Unscrupulous companies are promising NHS workers big savings through dodgy tax-dodging schemes that could leave them out of pocket.

Hilarious if true (sent by a friend): "One colleague who has worked 2 days out of 5 at home for years and has now been asked to work at home full-time, has had to confess she doesn’t have any equipment at home to allow her to do so, and no-one noticed"

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