l “I’m on tip-top form, albeit recovering from a nasty fall and, no, I wasn’t drunk, I was out walking my dog and didn’t see a hole in the ground.” – Britannia’s Ingerlise Bulloch.l “I specialise in body parts.” – Mike Williams, head of general insurance at Bankhall. l “I think being frightfully posh is a criterion for working at Penrose, I mean, they even have a baroness, don’t they?” – A competing and clearly less affluent PR about her Penrose counterparts. l “That’s the last time I let Stephen Knight order the wine.” – GMAC RFC’s Jeff Knight on receiving a dinner bill. l “Doesn’t that make Stephen the Elton John of the industry?” – Jeff Knight on his boss Stephen Knight winning another award. l “Louise is now post-operative and living as Louis.” – Comedian Jimmy Carr realising he had misread the name of First Active head of national partnerships Louis Kaszczak. l “I forgot to leave early and I am therefore having a quiet day.” – AMI director Chris Cummings on a late night out.Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor James Phillipps, email: email@example.com or tel: 0207 943 8035Urgent diary, urgent diary stop press. At the last minute Diary has finally received communication from Mr Ghiloni. However it seems his claim is not all the events discussed were actually leaving dos at all. Anyway in his own words: “I have read with interest the diary pieces regarding my departure from Britannic Asset Management and I thought that I should set the record straight. Yes, there have been a number of ‘dos’ so far but these have not been related to the ‘how many leaving nights does one man need…’ theme that you have been running. Rather they have been my acknowledgment of the fact that ‘my audience’ clearly wants me and I do not feel that I can let them down. At this point in time, given that I do not know what the future holds for me, I have not completed all of the venues for my one man show. There may well be more to come – either as a goodbye or as a celebration. However, I am sure you are confident the details will be available to you from the ‘sources close to the sources’ when the time comes. Indeed, a picture may even turn up.” Diary is sure that readers cannot wait to get photographic evidence of your, er, performances. Maybe the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next year. Watch this space readers.
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