Wry & Dry

Leading economist Saul Eslake prefers First Samuel

Astute readers will have noticed this article in today's Smart Investor magazine of the Australian Financial Review: Why economist Saul Eslake doesn't hold bank shares.  For those readers sans subscription to the AFR, the article can also be found here.

Say no more.

[1] "What's in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet..."  Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2).  For a delightful interpretation of Shakespeare's problems in writing R&J, W&D encourages readers to watch the movie 'Shakespeare in Love'.  It's a most engaging comedy, with real wit and a brilliant cast.  It won seven Oscars.      

[2]  Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice (Act 1, Scene 3.  Shylock:

"Go with me to a notary, seal me there
Your single bond; and, in a merry sport,
If you repay me not on such a day,
In such a place, such sum or sums as are
Express'd in the condition, let the forfeit
Be nominated for an equal pound
Of your fair flesh, to be cut off and taken
In what part of your body pleaseth me."

[3]  "Nice work, if you can get it" is a favourite W&D idiom, artlessly lifted from the 1979 TV series Minder.  The phrase actually became the title of a lacklustre Broadway show in 2012.