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Bless this office

Wrap provider Ascentric’s new Indian operation in Bangalore has been given a traditional Hindu ceremony, consecrating the office to provide prosperity and success for all those who work there.

The office has been established to further develop the Blue-button technology that powers the Ascentric wrap platform. In an hour-long ceremony led by managing director of the Indian operation Sashi Chandru, IT director David Harvey programme manager Alex Mitchell were blessed in order to ensure all their dealings in the office are carried out humbly and in good faith. l Steve Jetley from Shrewsbury was angered last week to find that staff at LloydsTSB had changed his telephone banking password without his permission.

Cheeky Steve had been previously slighted by the lender so set his password as “Lloyds is pants”. An equally cheeky member of staff, who Lloyds says does not work for them any more, changed the password to “no, it isn’t”.

Jetley, who discovered the change after his log-in procedure failed, was finally asked to provide a new password.

Jetley decided on “Barclays is better” but unfortunately this was denied.

Liverpool IFA Rob Spicer walked away with a brand new Mini Cooper last week after joining the Money Marketing financial services panel. Rob was delighted to win the YouGovCentaur research panel prize draw and picked up the keys to his new ride from the Park Lane Mini showroom in London.

To join the Money Marketing financial services panel, go to”That is about three grand’s worth of haircuts that have just walked in through the door.”

The Money Portal’s group head of strategy and distribution Alan Easter expresses his surprise as Prudential’s new recruit Kevin Carr and technology guru Ian McKenna show up to the same Bloomsbury restaurant for lunch

“Tom, Justin, Anna, Darius, Mark – like Kylie, the best known ones only need one name.”

IFA Promotion chief executive David Elms on the stars of the Blue Book media directory “12.4 million people actually admit that they are reluctant to split with their partner for fear of facing increased bills, rent and general living expenses.”

Abbey does all it can to suck the romance out of life with its survey into relationships and how they are hit by the credit crunch



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