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Get the hump

It was Midnight at the Oasis but no one was singing this camel to bed. It was more a case of one hump or two last week at the Polhill Moroccan party at the Kensington Roof Gardens where a bucking bronco-style camel was the star of the evening.
Some refused to ride, muttering “bucking dromedary”, but others including the intrepid MM reporters gave it a go. PRs, including soon to be 60 industry veteran Terry Hepplewehite, hacks and industry gurus alike hitched up their trousers, dipped their stetsons and enjoyed a boot-shaking time being flung around on the wildest camel ever to come out of the desert.
The Diary would like to nominate the Polhill girls dressed in Moroccan outfits as the best camel-kazis of the evening.


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The investment clock

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