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•”So let me get this straight. You want me to send this to you in a language you can actually read?” – Friends Provident spokesman Chris Bond to exasperated MM reporter.

•”Perhaps Prudential should engage the Iraqi information minister.” – Irate Torquil Clark managing director Don Clark rues the life company&#39s decision to plug its protection pipeline.

•”No. You must be joking but not for that reason but bec-ause I used to work for them.” – Anonymous IFA in response to Broker Talkback question Will you use Pru again?

•”We went running in the Brecon Beacons over the week-end and got to run over Lord Hereford&#39s Nob.” – Hargreaves Lansdown pensions research manager Tom McPhail.

•”The last time I saw your ginger beard was when you had your G-string on backwards.” – MRM head Richard Wheat to Mainland PR&#39s Andrew Appleyard.

•”Trust me, I was blonde and beautiful when I was younger.” – Appleyard.

Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor John Greenwood, email: or tel: 0207 943 8036.


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