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•”He can&#39t come to the phone now – he&#39s on the internet.” – Inland Revenue receptionist on the unavailability of a press officer.

•”They&#39re not anoraks, they are highly talented and skiled individuals who are also great company.” – Abbey National for Intermediaries press officer Christine McAllister on the company&#39s technical department.

•”I will have to adjust to shopping at Oxfam again.” -Nikki Lundy, pr at Britannic Asset Management on returning to university.

•”I&#39m not the Carol Vorderman of financial services, I&#39m the Carol Smillie.” – Aegon PR Leslie McPherson.

•”When Alastair Campbell talks about his pension what he&#39s actually talking about is his memoirs.” – ABI head of life insurance Francis McGee.

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