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•”Rescue Stuart? That is a grenade I am unwilling to throw myself upon.” – Bright Grey&#39s Mark Locke refusing to save a colleague from an over-talkative IFA.

•”I think the Greeks have got it right where women are concerned. The men laze around while the women do all the hard work.” – Bright Grey&#39s Stuart Johnson admires the Greek work ethic on a trip to Rhodes.

•”I had a bit of a panic when I looked at the drinks menu and the first thing I saw was &#39glass of milk&#39.” – Clerical Medical&#39s Nigel Stammers.

•”Yours looks a bit small, can I give you a bigger one?” – PR Mark Locke handing out Bright Grey umbrellas.

•”I have only got a little one. It&#39s grey these days but not very bright.” – Lifesearch Senior technical adviser Kevin Carr (on the umbrellas, of course).

Any Out of Contexts or Diary stories? Send them to Diary editor Alison Bone, email: or tel: 0207 943 8037 •The irony of an insurance company sponsoring an event such as the Isle of Man TT races is clear. But Scottish Life International not only sponsored one of the races but also had to watch its finance director Mike Crellin take his life into his own hands as one of the competitors.

An accountant by trade, Crellin lives on the island where motor racing seems to be taught in primary school. The intrepid FD managed a very creditable 44th place, averaging 109.88 miles an hour round three laps of the country lanes that make up the 38-mile course. The Diary doffs its helmet in respect.


CA is awarded formal super-complaint status

The Consumers&#39 Association has officially been granted formal super-complaint status by the department of trade and industry. This will allow the CA to make formal complaints to a number of government regulators including the Office of Fair Trading. Over the past two years, the CA has made two super-complaints in its informal capacity. The first […]

Torys reshuffle policy role

An Opposition reshuffle this week sees David Willetts lose his role as policy co-ordinator for the Conservatives, focusing solely on his responsibilities as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary. David Cameron is the new head of policy co-ordination.

Four new lenders join Mortgage 2000 mortgage club

The Mortgage 2000 mortgage club announced yesterday that four new lenders have joined its now 50 strong lender panel. The four new lenders are Scottish Widows Bank, Manchester Building Society, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and Lloyds TSB Scotland. m2-mortgage club national sales manager Allan Collinson believes that the five new lenders will bring with […]

Brown rebuffs King&#39s warning

Chancellor Gordon Brown has moved to counter Bank of England Governor Mervyn King&#39s warning of increased falls in the housing market. In an interview with GMTV Brown underlined the importance of keeping stability in the housing market and the wider economy. The interview followed a speech used by the Chancellor&#39s chief economic adviser to Ed […]

A tough start for 2017 consensus trades

By Kacper Brzezniak Every year, starting around November, investment banks (and fund managers) begin to drip out their outlooks for currencies, rates, economies, you name it, for the following year. The consensus has been largely wrong for the past four or five years; those multiple rate hikes never came, the bond market is still alive […]


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