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“Amy knew it had all gone wrong when she started to watch One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing.” – Inez de Koning on fellow Lansonette’s Easter holiday TV viewing.”How did you get into financial journalism then? Surely you would rather be writing for Vogue?” – Network director to MM reporter Sam Shaw.”I’m sorry, I’m getting into micro-property talk.” – Richard Donnell, head of residential research at Savills getting carried away on a teleconference.”The only thing software means to me is a bed in Harrods.” – Alan Steel Asset Management chairman Alan Steel.”I’m not one of these people who says “Oh, please, don’t put me into out of context”, just to get into out of context.I really don’t want to appear in it. Please. Really.” – Caroline Hancock, Financial Dynamics

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Interest rates frozen by the MPC for another month

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