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At the time of going to press, Money Marketing had not been handed back its Headline Money Team of the Year award. Avid Diary readers may remember last week that Esther Shaw, a young up and coming personal finance reporter for The Express – until she crossed the Diary, that is – took the award home for “safe-keeping”.

Now we feel we must give readers an insight into the mind of a nasty national newspaper hack and explain why they are so much more deranged than the lovely, cuddly trade reporters you all know and love. Try this callous email sent only a few days after the ceremony: “Your award is pining for you” and “I am teaching it to neck vodka in copious amounts.” Or this: “It says it has never heard of any of you.”

Now, Esther, apart from taunting us with the supposed emotional mood swings and boozing habits of an inanimate object, we would like to point out that while it was a commendable achievement for you to make the short list for a best newcomer award at Headline Money, you did not actually win.

You need to come to terms with this and you cannot keep our hard-won and thoroughly deserved award. Please see sense.

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