Daily Archives: January 13, 2009

Jim Pickard

Greenpeace has bought a field in the middle of the proposed Heathrow third runway in order to block the scheme. When the group told me about it yesterday it seemed like a bit of a gimmick – not least because the owners will include Emma Thompson, Alastair McGowan and Zac Goldsmith.

It has long been clear that the government will have to CPO (compulsory purchase order) huge tracts of land around the airport. That includes 700 homes. Read more

At last, we can reveal why Gordon Brown sold Britain’s gold reserves at the bottom of the market. The prime minister is a poor trader because he is too in touch with his feminine side. How do we know? From the length of his fingers.

Researchers have found a strong statistical link between the profits made by traders at a London bank and the ratio of index to ring fingers on their hands. Those with a lower “2D:4D” ratio were exposed to more male hormones in the womb, making them much better at playing the markets. The traders with the longest fourth digit in relation to index finger made 11 times more money than those with the highest ratios. Read more