10 things we learned this week

#MOL, Richard Branson's own phone hacking tricks, and Merlin's brand of investor relations.

by Emma Haslett

1. Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has an alarming fondness for teenage-style txt spk

2. In the early years of Virgin, Richard Branson engaged in some rather insalubrious business practices

3. Shareholders in recently floated theme park operator Merlin get a 30% discount. That’s what we call investor relations

4. People take more sick days over the summer

5. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend once claimed he slept wearing his Dr Martens

6. ... speaking of music, ASOS has its very own House Band

7. The (just-saved) Grangemouth petrochemical plant supplies 80% of the fuel for Scotland

8. East London’s Silicon Roundabout hasn’t even made the top 10 in KPMG’s list of top tech employment clusters in the UK

9. UK growth is already higher this year than the Bank of England’s prediction for the whole 2013. Go us

10. When Twitter goes public, it will be the second-biggest company ever to list (after, of course, Facebook)

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