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Helen, ethical investment adviser and John, hedge fund manager first meet at a Canary Wharf bar. Helen is there to get an inside story for her expose podcast but unexpected feelings start to surface.


BBC announcer sample:
“Since the ‘60s news from the City has mattered to more and more people. Nobody makes anything here except money”

How do I explain what’s invisible
But it’s everywhere?
How do I make an honest living
When nothing is fair?
How do I know that I’m normal
When no-one cares?
(when no-one cares)

I’m just trading in air
I’m just trading in air

We are young, we are precious
All our lives are ahead
You’ve opened my eyes to a world I
Didn’t know that was there
You touched my hand, and I knew
We had riches to share
(riches to share)

(John and Ruth)
We’re just trading in air
We’re just trading in air

Cheers to Big Bang, cheers to Thatcher!
She’s kicked open the door
No more controls on commissions
Foreign banks! LIBOR!
A toast to our friends as computers
Hit the stock exchange floor.
(stock exchange floor)

(John, Ruth and David)
We’re just trading in air
We’re just trading in air

Interview samples:
“It struck me we were trading in fresh air…it was one of those moments when you think…this is madness!”


from Canary Wharf: The Rock Opera (full theatrical work), released April 25, 2023
Narrator: Isabel Adomakoh Young
John: Sam Price

Song: Trading in Air
Music written & performed by: Nicole Skeltys
Vox: Andrew Coates, Ann Marie Sullivan, Bill Garrett
Mix: Simon Polinksi
Master: Jon Astley


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Nicole Skeltys Melbourne, Australia

Nicole Skeltys has released 12 albums in styles ranging from electronica, indie, psychedelia and folk rock. This page hosts all her releases after her giddy B(if)tek and Artificial late ‘90s/ early noughties doofin’ days - these early techno releases have their own Bandcamp pages. ... more

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