Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Punt: Tributes for the publisher Felix Dennis

Felix Dennis.
Felix Dennis.

THE Punt was saddened to note the death of publishing legend Felix Dennis at age 67. His career had its roots in the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, but became a cautionary tale about the dangers of becoming – in his own words – "seriously rich."

In his 1987 book 'How to Get Rich,' Dennis wrote candidly about how wealth had allowed him to indulge in booze, sex and drugs in far flung locations, but at a cost to his health and relationships.

In the UK he first came to prominence as one of three editors of the underground magazine 'Oz' who were convicted of obscenity in a 1971 trial. They had asked schoolkids to edit a copy of the magazine which ended up including a comic featuring Rupert the Bear having sex.

The trial made global headlines and highlighted the chasm between public attitudes and the law.

Dennis was a pioneer in magazine publishing in the UK and US, and later successfully made the transition to online. He owned titles including 'Maxim', 'Viz' and 'This Week'.

Reckoned to have been a billionaire, despite his globe-trotting lifestyle, Dennis's legacy includes the Heart of England Forest, a charity that has planted a forest of over 1.1 million trees.

14,000 apply for ECB supervisory posts

IF the European Central Bank needed evidence of how badly hit the financial sector has been, it need not look much further than the level of applications it received for its new supervisory roles.

The ECB is to become the new single supervisor of eurozone banks in the autumn under the ambitious banking union plans.

At a conference in Dublin, Daniele Nouy, chair of the supervisory board of the ECB, said about 1,000 supervisors would need to be hired to meet the demands of the new responsibilities.

What she didn't say, however, although it was in the script of her speech, was that 14,000 applications for jobs have been received so far. This could suggest there are a lot of people looking for a plum job in Frankfurt.

Indeed, the image comes to mind of how during the recession shops would advertise for Christmas work and thousands would apply.

At least for those lucky few who make it in this case, the pay and conditions in Frankfurt will be worth the battle for a spot.

If you go down to the docks today

IF you are out and about in the capital today keep your eyes peeled for the nation's newest would-be entrepreneurs who'll be showcasing new products at stands across Dublin's Docklands.

The stands will be manned by more than 40 teenagers who have been working on tech and entrepreneurial projects at the National College of Ireland as part of the Discover University 2014 programme.

The annual week-long college taster programme brings together the city's teens from Dublin's Docklands, Ballymun and Stoneybatter.

The idea is to help young people develop skills including how to set goals, create budgets, secure investors, purchase supplies, serve customers, make a profit and repay investors.

Some apps developed as part of the project include a price comparison of local sports-stores, a beach comparison app which considers weather and facilities and, capitalising on World Cup madness, an app to compare the cost of international football jerseys in nearby stores.

Irish Independent

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