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Proof of the pudding

We hear tell of a great PR lunch off coming to the mortgage market at a restaurant near you. One of the industry&#39s famous lunchers, former journalist, current PR and careful driver Nick Gardner, is planning to be mean to Melanie Bien. (Well, not mean exactly but it rhymes).

Bien is currently personal finance editor at the Independent on Sunday but is soon to become PR at Savills. Gardner, now PR surpremo at Chase de Vere Mortgages, has been boasting that he is set to outlunch Bien, whatever that means, and has been telling close friends and anyone else who will listen to him that he is in training.

Lunch training – the mind boggles. Were the Diary to train for lunch, we would suggest perhaps a stay at the Priory or trekking in the Himalayas with some Buddhist monks. However, we assume that Mr Gardner will be having lunch for breakfast, lunch for high tea, lunch for dinner, lunch for supper, lunch for a midnight feast and, of course, not forgetting lunch for lunch.

But Diary is keen to facilitate a lunch off. We will supply two intrepid reporters, Savills and Chase can facilitate lunch and both can try and supply stories and see which gets into Money Marketing. The proof of the pudding, Mr Gardner, will then be in the reading. Oh and we are backing Mel. Bring it on.


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