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A shaw thing

Sam Shaw is a reporter on Money Marketing
Had a very pleasant lunch at Soho fave restaurant Alastair Little with the effervescent Bill Moncrieff and Ron Pritchard of the Clarkson Hill GroupI then had my arm forced up my back to go for a post-lunch beer with Mr Moncrieff and my esteemed publisher David Cowan.

Our publisher remains unconvinced of the authenticity of my requests for golf lessons to be paid for by the company. Just think of all those advisers I could be tapping up for stories on a Friday afternoon.

Later that evening, the Money Marketing team joined the girls at Mainland PR for a hilariously bad attempt at a pub quiz in Nordic. Clearly, too much wine had been consumed and we were unable to hear the intros from the classic 80s pop tunes.

Unidentifiable pink-coloured shots consumed: one and half. They were rank but I just had to make sure with the second one.

Quiz questions answered correctly: just the one.

Annie Shaw is a freelance financial journalist
Last week was quiz week and saw a brace of Shaws pitting their wits against finance’s finest in two events.

The first was the Lifesearch pub quiz hosted by the inimitable Kevin Carr and held at my old stomping ground, The Angel in City Road.

Ah, how I remember the chapel (union) meetings we attended in that upstairs room. That was when The Independent was over the road on the site now occupied by the ritzy Lexington block of flats, next to Bunhill Fields.

Only days later, the team gathered once again for the Fidelity pub quiz in Leadenhall market, emceed by Radio 4’s Barry Cryer and supervised by Fidelity’s PR honcho Richard Miles.

Luckily, the participants were all good friends as the popularity of the occasion meant we were just about sitting on each other’s laps because of severe overcrowding. It has to be said, however, in my experience, that The People’s money editor Simon Read, one of two males on our team, usually needs no such excuse.

Sadly, although we girls “washed our faces” as they say in the fund industry at both events, we were outsmarted on both occasions and no silverware or bubbly was taken home.

Number of greasy chicken wings consumed: far too many. Number of questions answered on ancient pop music: an embarrassing tally as I was around when the songs were originally hits.

Esther Shaw is deputy personal finance editor at the Independent on Sunday

I was very much in need of a large glass of wine on arrival at the Lifesearch quiz and the dapper Kevin Carr and his equally smooth sidekick Matt Morris did not let me go thirsty.

I was of minimal help to the “Not too Shaw” team in the history, sport and protection rounds (confesses the Protection Writer of the Year – I blame all those “missing gaps in trade headlines” questions) I did manage to redeem myself a little with the “Name that tune”round, with my knowledge of the Hollies.

Julian Marr’s team, Indecisive Media, took first prize although a special prize ought to have gone to the team who called themselves What is Matt doing with his left hand? This is a question which, I think, only Matt is qualified to answer.

Elsewhere this week, it was time to sing along to Joseph at the Adelphi theatre in the company of the lovely ladies from the LV= press office.

I must admit that both the Mail on Sunday’s Helen Loveless and I were rather more excited than is appropriate at our stage in life at the sight of the rather tasty Lee Mead at close range in little more than a loin cloth. Ah yes. Ah-a-a any dream will do.

Number of questions Phil Scott’s team got right at the quiz: not very many.

Number of times Helen Loveless shouted “we love you” to Lee during the performance of Joseph: at least once.


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