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The days of John Duffield&#39s alleged reign of terror at Jupiter may be over but his memory lives on. The story goes that Duffield would strike fear into the heart of his fund managers every Friday at exactly 6pm when he would post a list of the poorly-performing fund managers for all to see.

But the Diary has discovered that successor Edward Bonham-Carter and his crew have decided to continue with the tradition of the Friday sheet of shame.

Bonham-Carter may be wise to go easy on his fund managers, however. After their recent payouts from the Commerzbank buyout, most could happily retire tomorrow. Perhaps he would be better advised to start a sheet of stars and make sure they all appear on it.

In the latest of our occasional series of financial services doppelgangers, we bring you a topical double-take. Have any readers been unable to place the face of former MI5 officer David Shayler? The Diary believes the man who alleged MI6 was behind a plot to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi was separated at birth from industry big-hitter Garry Heath.

“Why is there only one Monopolies Commission?” – Scottish Equitable personal investment manager Richard Leeson.

“I would be the last person in the world they would talk to about anything.” – Scottish Mutual PR manager Christine McAllister on her relationship with ScotMut fund managers.

“I&#39m into drugs big time.” – LeggMason Investors&#39 Lindsay Firth-McGuckin on her obsession with herbal sleeping aids.

“There&#39s nothing worse than a bar closing.” – Scottish Equitable Employee Benefits PR manager Lesley McPherson.

“I enjoyed it greatly. It reminded me of my days as an actuary.” – Scottish Equitable pensions guru Steven Cameron relishing the Government Actuary Department&#39s latest release.

“You may have a broken toe but you can still open my jam.” – Clerical Medical&#39s Tracey Dyer to PR colleague Tony Muir at a breakfast meeting.

“I&#39d like to get some coverage for Yorkshire Building Society in GQ but I&#39d need to get some large chests in it for that.” – Yorkshire Building Society corporate affairs manager David Holmes.

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