Barking Bungalow
A fictional house occupied by the mentally ill contestants of the reality TV show "It's Madness", an apparent "Big Brother" derivate
BBB is a bond credit rating used by S&P and Fitch. It denotes bonds of lower medium grade quality, ie a somewhat elevated risk of default, with historic cumulative default rates in the ranges of 5% to 10%. The corresponding Moody's rating is Baa2.
collateralised debt obligations - financial instruments whose value derives from underlying fixed-income assets such as mortgages. The underestimation of risk inherent in CDOs is seen as one of the causes of the 2008 credit crunch
gilt-edged bonds
Debt securities issued by the Bank of England, which had a gilt (or gilded) edge, and are generally considered to provide a guaranteed return
grande horizontale
literally "rejecter", a Muslim slang term for someone who does not recognise Allah or the prophethood of Muhammed
Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions, of which Officer is the second lowest
on spec
short for 'on speculation' -- a literary submission made my an author without having been commissioned to do so, in the hope of receiving payment or follow-up assignments later on
A fictional virtual reality computer game closely approximating Second Life, with each user being represented by a virtual "maquette", or avatar
Prime Broker
The provider a bundled package of services required by hedge funds and other professional investors needing the ability to borrow securities and cash to be able to invest on a netted basis and achieve an absolute return. The Prime Broker provides a centralized securities clearing facility for the hedge fund, and the hedge fund's collateral requirements are netted across all deals handled by the Prime Broker. The Prime Broker benefits by earning fees ("spreads") on financing the client's long and short cash and security positions
A traiteur is the operator of a French-style catering business devoted to take-out food and service of banquets. Many traiteurs also undertake home delivery. Generally there is no seating on the business premises; a few traiteurs may have very limited seating.