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When Wall Street Came to London
When a number of British institutions were taken over by their Wall Street counterparts and the hardworking, hard-gambling culture of global finance as we know it began to take shape.
The Peony Pavilion
For a long time, my wife and her friends referred to me as the Peacock. An inferior man who tries to seduce a woman by speaking about his hardships: "to fan out." As in, to open his feathers. Show off his tail.