”It's Jon here from Lansons, no Zurich.” – The strain of moving jobs is clearly too much for Jon Atkins.
”I think that's Quake 2000.” – Disturbed by a mobile phone ringing, a Treasury official starts a round of name that ring tone at a select committee meeting.
”If Standard Life was a racehorse I'd be running it in a cellar at Plumpton” – Horse trainer Jenny Pitman at the IFA Women of the Year Awards.
”Is that Standard Life down the back? It's nice to see they're enjoying my pension more than I am.” – Pitman again.
”You mean some people only burn the candle at both ends?” – Mainland PR's Kat Milne on leaving a journalists' drinks party and making for a nearby casino in the small hours.
”Do you have rooms by the hour?” – ABI PR Emma Grainge asking for a room for host Richard Whiteley at the ABI Media Awards.
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