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Don&#39t make an ass of yourself

The Diary was treated to fairies, fauns and Shakespeare-style shenanigans last week at the Britannia Midsummer Night Party at London&#39s Barbican.

MM reporters found themselves concentrating intently on conversations about mortgages in a bid to escape the advances of an amorous violin-playing jester and gold-painted half-man, half-goat satyr creatures.

Shakespearean actors repeatedly offered reporters a part in their play but, despite copious amounts of Pimms and Champagne, it seems that the journalists present were held spellbound by industry talk and not tempted to digress into thespian activities.

•The Diary would like to congratulate Astute Financial Management adviser Jim Roberts on his suggestions for FSA hold music. He suggests Dire Straits&#39 Money For Nothing, The Beatles&#39 I Feel Fine or Thou Shalt Break Them With a Rod of Iron from Handel&#39s Messiah.

An eclectic choice and hard to beat. Any further witty musical musings should be sent in to the Diary editor faster than a Turkish rondo.

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