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•”Coventry railway station. Yes, it&#39s quite like a swimming pool but fewer people in small trunks.” – BBB chief executive Stephen Ingledew gives a quick summary of his location and its acoustics.

•”I need to go for a run every evening. I&#39m becoming a little porker.” – Hargreaves Lansdown chief executive Peter Hargreaves embarks on a fitness regime.

•”I&#39m the Naan from the Pru.” – Steve Ferrari, director of offshoring at Prudential, which has set up a call centre in Mumbai.

•”Someone seems to have been scrubbing my tongue with a wire brush.” – Lansons PR Laura Cronin.

•”I wasn&#39t drunk, I was hot, no, I was tired.” – Bristol & West head of marketing Dominic Toller.

•”It&#39s a panacea of joy.” – David Hollingworth loves talking about mortgages late on a Friday afternoon.

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


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