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Out of context of 2003

•”This is PR, don&#39t you know darling.” Ex-Money Marketing journalist turned Aegon PR Adrian Cammidge shows how much life has changed in a few short months, prompting the newsdesk&#39s favourite cartoon

•”There is an old Scottish saying – never trust a Slovakian girl armed with a bottle of port and a packet of oatcakes.” – Aegon PR Scott White on the launch of the company&#39s new operation in Central Europe.

•”I like the word lambasted. Isn&#39t that what you call a sheep whose parents are not married?” – Whitechurch Securities chairman Kean Seager.

•”I wish I had a fireman&#39s helmet so I could do a striptease for her.” – Abacus director David Ferguson plans to cheer up a woman sitting alone in a bar.

•”What did he win an award for? Being a gobby Canadian?” – Quill PR Roddi Vaughan-Thomas on MM reporter winning Headline Money journalism award.

•”The last time I saw your ginger beard was when you had your G-string on backwards.” – MRM head Richard Wheat to Mainland PR Andrew Appleyard.

•”I don&#39t understand how that lead actress has done so well. She looks like a horse.” – Britannic Retirement Solutions&#39 Jim Boyd on Sex and the City&#39s Sarah Jessica Parker.

•”Don&#39t take this the wrong way but will you take a look at my arse? It&#39s really rather red and swollen.” – New Star marketing director Rob Page after falling off a quad bike.

•”In some pictures his hair is darker than others. He looks like he has been drinking Grecian 2000.” – Scottish Life head of

communications Alasdair Buchanan on head of pension strategy Steve Bee.

•”I would rather you didn&#39t prod me in the middle of the presentation.” – First State emerging markets fund manager Angus Tulloch.

•”I&#39m going to take three months off to become a professional darts player.” – Simpsons of Brighton IFA partner Andrew Merricks is encouraged by the low standard of play at the PDC world darts championship.

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


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