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Going out with a Banger

Those kind folk at Invesco Perpetual invited a select few financial hacks to the cricket last Friday to witness the Fourth Test between England and Pakistan at the Oval in London.

Apart from Lansons’ Jonathan Grove explaining to a novice cricket fan just what a spin bowler is, why Monty Panesar is a likely candidate for Sports Personality of the Year and promotional girls’ sensible provision of sunblock, not much actual cricket was seen. After lunch, the glorious British summer meant that we were forced to get updates on play from the confines of The Lavender in Vauxhall, punctuated by several bottles of rose.

Perhaps cricket isn’t such a bad sport after all…and there was no tampering with the wine corks.

Bristol &West Investments’ Matt Churchill is taking part in CzechWrecks Banger Rally to Prague with three friends from Axa (Andy George, Jamie Derrick and Damien Manley).

The four-day journey – which has to be completed in a car costing less than 100 – takes place at the start of September and the four are looking to raise money for local Bristol charity Yate Opportunity Group.

As you can see from the pictures, their vehicle, – a 23-year-old Vauxhall Carlton complete with headlight wipers costing 95 – is stickered up and ready to go. More information can be found on their blog and anyone wanting to contribute can get in touch through


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