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Fight for good against PIA evil

For all those IFAs buried in deepest Essex, a rare treat is in store at the end of this month. For one week only at the Palace Theatre in Westcliff-on-Sea, the cuddly Kieran Root, former editor of What Investment, will be appearing nightly as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.

Those familiar with this "magical musical" could perhaps see it as a thinly disguised metaphor for the struggle of the humble IFA against the evil PIA. Dorothy the independent adviser battles to gain all the heart, brain and courage necessary to finally pass her FPC and defeats the evil witch by dropping a house on her. Does anyone know if Colette Bowe wears red shoes and stripey stockings?

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