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A shaw thing

After tearing round financial services technology firms, broken up by very fine steak and some cracking equity investment tips, courtesy of the Gaucho Grill and Praemium’s Pete Burtonshaw, I was ready to get off the wagon.

My 26-day dry spell came to an end as I landed squarely in the middle of a dancefloor, large glass of Sauvignon blanc in hand. All three Shaws bade a fond farewell to Gorgeous Guy Anker, who leaves MM for that other MM, Money Mail. Ganker will be sadly missed, not least by the disproportionate number of females that turned out to bid him adieu. After trying to drink the All Bar One dry, many a die-hard tumbled into Madame JoJo’s to shake their funky stuff – or not.

Bad dancing examples given: several.

Glasses of vino: too manyResolutions to get back on wagon: one.

Sam Shaw is a reporter on Money Marketing.

British Bankers’ Association chief executive Angela Knight gave an audience to finance journalists last week about the revision of the Banking Code. The group included the eldest of the three Shaws who greeted her with: “The last time I saw you, you had plaits”. The former economic secretary to the Treasury in the last Conservative Government, who did not immediately recognise her former schoolmate of four decades ago, replied without missing a beat: “It was bunches actually.” There followed reminiscences about learning to swim in an unheated outdoor saltwater pool, and being taught to play cricket “so we would be able to understand what men where talking about”.

Knight is set to dump the maroon logo and livery, she describes as “the colour of stock-broker’s braces” for blue – which will be “most definitely not the same shade as Barclays”. Coffees drunk 1, Chocolate biccies nibbled 1, Friends reunited 1

Annie Shaw is a freelance financial journalist.

Late arrival at the leaving do of James Coney, at Archangel on High Street Ken where the drinks were in full flow.

A source close to, well, me, revealed that Nationwide’s one and only Steve Blore had been “tucking in”well during the evening, along with a blonde and bright-eyed media relations manager. I was rather bemused to receive an apologetic email the next morning from the afore-mentioned blonde, thanking me for escorting her into a taxi at the end of the night.

While more accustomed to sending out emails of this nature myself, (and does not wholly recall this act of munificence,) I’m always pleased to be of assistance.

Number of people who felt Justin “I’ve been working out” Harper’s chunky biceps: Many.

Kebabs consumed by Mr Scott Mowbray after Coney’s leaving do: 2.

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


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