A good hostess will always go beyond the call of duty to please her journalist guests, even if it means getting told off as a result.Mitchell Moneypenny PR Sarah Wakefield was assisting a rather inebriated financial hack (not from MM, we are hasten to add), as she exited The Exchange press party last week, when said hack requested a goody bag, to which Sarah obliged. The only problem was that the goody bags were gifts from an adjoining party, rather than the host and a bit of a jobsworth usher decided it was necessary to call the hotel manager to report the pair’s audacity. “I asked nicely if we could have one, it’s not like we were going to nick one,” Sarah explains. “I’m back. I’ve gone to the dark side.” Former Jedi/NU press officer Lorna Wiltshire announces her return to financial services PR “The Mothers Index? That’s something you should not look at – not without a large drink in your hand, anyway.” Miton Optimal’s Sam Liddle “Next time someone says they’re a friend of mine, best to check with me first.” Kim North gives some sound advice. “I don’t see why I should buy umbrellas when I get so many of them for free.” Another fine money savings tip from HL’s Ben Yearsley “Knight Rider was named after Stephen.” GMAC’s Jeff Knight sees the irony in his boss Stephen Knight’s name, but not in his own, when recalling the classic 1980s David Hasselhoff TV series HBOS intermediaries managing director Nigel Stockton is asking for your help to raise money for charity as he and 10 other figures from the mortgage market run the New York Marathon on November 5. Stockton is running on behalf of the HBOS Foundation, which will match all funds donated, whose main beneficiary this year is ICAN – a charity for behaviourally disturbed children. Please send any donations by cheque, made payable to ‘HBOS Foundation’, to: Nigel Stockton, HBOS, PO Box 81, Pendeford Business Park, Wobaston Road, Wolverhampton, WV9 5HZ.