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Parting shots

Note to Britannic Asset Management&#39s Francis Ghiloni – there is a long way to go yet.

The Diary thought Ghiloni was on to the world record for leaving do&#39s with an amazing six, including one in London, but no, we have a new champion with 14 parting bashes.who is this bon viveur extraordinaire?

The man of steel to gladden the heart of land-lords and restaurateurs across Europe is Tom Morley, formerly of Munich Re. Morley, just back from officiating at a cycling tour of Britain, writes to tell us that he had 14 retirement parties in 1996.

He says the list included Madrid for most Spanish clients, Barcelona for the Catalans and Valencians, Lisbon for Portuguese, Brussels for the Belgians and Luxembourgers, Cannes (at Réavie) for the French, Dublin for the Irish, London for Japanese life company reps, London again for most UK clients, London for M&G colleagues and Cheltenham.

Iron liver Morley adds: “Sorry I have forgotten the rest – it became a bit of a haze.”

The Diary is not sur-prised but really it is a scandal. How come the poor Luxembourgers and Valencians didn&#39t get their own do, Tom?

Still, can anyone beat this stupendous number? That would require nine more if you fancy your chances, Francis, and you might have to take out those compliance people after all. The Diary eagerly awaits the invite.

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