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•”He&#39s so quiet, retiring and shy that he wouldn&#39t mention it.” – ScotLife&#39s Patricia Henderson on boss Alasdair Buchanan&#39s Headline Money Pensions Press Officer of the Year gong •”He uses Polyfilla to control them.” – Yorkshire Building Society press officer Tanya Mills explains how colleague David Holmes keeps his homosexual tortoises quiet.

•”I always quiver with excitement every time Money Marketing leaves a message.” – Threadneedle Asset Management director of communications Richard Eats.

•”Jesus Christ tried to be totally good and was killed for it. It&#39s the same in the mortgage market.” – PR legend John Wriglesworth.

•”Am I wearing a dress? What, now or later?” – Lansons PR Richard Winder.

•”When the head of protection at Friends Provident is pushing cigarillos, all you can do is say yes.” – Bell Pottinger PR Monina Villaroman.

Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor Alison Bone, email: or tel: 0207 943 8037


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£400m for collapsed occupational schemes

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Strength in numbers

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Neptune video: Indian valuations and Modi’s pro-investment agenda

Kunal Desai, Head of Indian Equities, discusses his expectations for the Indian market and highlights the key indicators that he is watching for 2015.

In the video, Kunal addresses:

• Indian equity valuations and the importance of stock selection in gaining exposure to the earnings upgrade cycle

• The BJP’s strengthening ambition in its pro-reform, pro-investment agenda


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