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Ice puts block on party

Poor Axa Framlington. Imagine the horror of its PR agency Polhilll when it had to phone up every journalist that had been invited to its World Cup party at the winter wonderland that is Ice Space that is was cancelled.

The event promised to be an affair to remember – a combination of ice sculpture, illumination, technology, music, cuisine visual arts and performance amid over 2,000 blocks of ice. Sadly, the event was closed down prematurely “due to lack of funding”. Or would that be liquidation? Did the Ice Space melt, we wonder?p British Insurance managing director Simon Burgess showed his softer side recently in rushing to the aid of a rare Bavarian bear after hearing that German authorities had called for hunters to shoot the animal for killing too many sheep and chickens. Showing just how caring the insurance industry can be, Burgess insured the animal for over 1m for any loss, damage or death to the animal and is hoping that the move could help the tallest man in insurance enter the Guinness Book of Records.

It has been said that working at Money Marketing can be a springboard to better things and that has certainly been the case for ex-MM investment reporter Matt Davis, who is working as an unpaid intern at the Portland Mercury in the Western US as well as writing this week’s Correspondent’s Week. As the picture suggests, the former Davis’s Discounts columnist has adjusted well to the move from the easy-going world of retail investment to the cut and thrust of modelling downmarket American fashion – and look at those arms.

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