Yes, I suppose so

The former racing driver, who has been banished by administrators from BHS’s head office, has said he has backing from US and Canadian investors to buy back the retailer and has blamed its demise on mismanagment from chief executive Darren Topp.

However, a BHS spokesman said that Chappell was a “fantasist” , while another source said news he was looking to buy the business back had provoked “howls of laughter”.

13 thoughts on “Yes, I suppose so”

  1. I suppose what needs investigating is the other links, if any, between Chappell and “Sir” P Green.

    The fact it was Blair who had “Sir” P sirred makes me suspicious.

    I have reverted to my former habit that anyone knighted at Blair’s request has his title distinguished by inverted commas.

  2. dearieme, I completely agree, and would extend it to include ‘archbishops’ as well. And quote marks are not the same as inverted commas (I’ve a pendant for correct punctuation).

  3. ‘the Sports Direct billionaire’

    ‘said he has backing from US and Canadian investors’

    Why would a billionaire need backing?

  4. I was dearie, but ‘quotation’ and ‘quote’ are essentially interchangeable ( So here I am, perhaps hoist by my own pentard, and resorting to quoting Wikipedia, but don’t you agree that there’s a difference of substance between the methods of punctuation, but not in describing said punctuation? Pendant: a pedant’s penchant for punctuation? Sorry.

  5. Anyone got details on how exactly the scam was pulled off? I mean, I’ve heard about dividends up, but when and how? How much did Arcadia have to write off on BHS?

  6. They are inverted commas, rather than quotation marks, because I wasn’t quoting anyone: they are the inverted commas that imply “ha, ha, what a berk”.

    Inverted commas can be used as quotation marks but that doesn’t stop them being inverted commas. Other symbols used as quotation marks include the Spanish preference that looks something like <>.

    Anyway, this is getting tiresome so I bid you a jolly week ahead.

  7. Yes dearie, of course precision is tiresome, whereas being wrong and then getting into an unwarranted huff is so much easier. Or not: just use quotation marks when directly quoting someone, and inverted commas when paraphrasing. Going arse-about-face and saying that quotation marks are really inverted commas when you’re not really quoting won’t do, or do you have a special keyboard that renders two commas as a single character?

  8. Oh dearie, am I imagining it, or did you just manage to parse “precision is tiresome, whereas being wrong… is so much easier” into “being wrong is tiresome”? What puzzles me most about this is that instead of just going ‘Meh, big deal, small error’ and maybe – just maybe – improving your punctuation, you insist on doubling-down like Ken Livingstone showing his love for Red Sea Pedestrians.

  9. How much did Sir P’s Jersey Company pay for the properties for which he subsequently extracted rent from BHS?

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