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“In a nutshellâ¦” – Policyholder at Standard’s AGM sums up a long-winded and tedious point to uproarious laughter. “Are you going to push my button?” Standard Life chairman Sir Brian Stewart to group chief Sandy Crombie. “I won’t ask you to push my button.” – Crombie’s reply. “Someone told me I have the perfect cheekbones for fencing.” – An odd compliment for Observer researcher Ben Flanagan. “I don’t do any work any more. Mini-Alan does it all for me – and he’s better paid than me too.” – BM Solutions’ Alan Cleary on the mini-Alan desk top feature for intermediaries. “I’ve got to that age where I fall asleep on the sofa every night.” Standard Life’s Peter Timberlake. “If the sun’s out, have a bottle of wine and get plastered. Don’t worry about the fish.” – Hargreaves Lansdown investment manager Ben Yearsley on fly-fishing.