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Calling the tune

This month&#39s award for the most musically gifted PR goes to Lansons&#39 Richard Winder, headlining the Diary&#39s new fave band Numbernine. Winder&#39s tunes packed out the famed Betsey Trotwood in Clerkenwell, even managing a D-List celebrity turnout which included half the cast of The Bill.

A special mention also goes to Liz Willder for excellence in the field of phone retrieval for hiking from bar to bar all over Farringdon to find the Diary&#39s phone. Thanks, Liz.

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