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•”I have to save the world, I&#39m Penrose, McFall and King Arthur all rolled into one.” – Alan Steel Asset Management director Alan Steel.

•”If I was any better at writing, I&#39d be a journalist.” – Chelsea Financial Services managing director Darius McDermott on filing a column in record time.

•”I&#39m very good at saying yes when it doesn&#39t require me to do anything.” – ABI PR Emma Quantrill.

•”Isn&#39t that a foreign handbag designer?” – Aegon PR Lesley McPherson&#39s response to her father&#39s concern for her domestic abilities when he questioned whether she could even spell cooker.

•”I love going out with you, you always make me feel so clever.” – Lansons PR Alison Merrigan talking to a colleague.

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