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Red hot pokers

Fidelity’s Sanjeev Shah on trying to secure a new flatmatey Lesson 1 in PR diplomacy – never let a journalist know that your golf game is more important than their call.

It could well be the difference between a front-page story and being relegated to, I don’t know say, the Diary page.

So, when Tom Cooper of Winningtons PR was contacted to arrange a meeting with Sumus’s group chief executive , the distracted response given was possibly the least expected ever: “Sorry, I’m just in the middle of a round of The protection poker night organised by Lifesearch and other big players in the market went down a storm with hacks and PRs alike.

The competition hotted up throughout the night and soon 18 reduced to four players in the tournament – three of whom were complete beginners.

There was dissent in the ranks and whispers of “Ipod” when Kevin Carr was one of the last two men standing, (harking back to when Lifesearch won its own prize at a charity night last year).

But of course a hack had to win and it was eventually a jolly, marshmallow-faced hack who bagged the 250 first prize.

The said reporter was quite overwhelmed and says he plans to retire to the Caribbean on his winnings. “I was talking to a solicitor who said: ‘I know nothing about platforms, except that on Sunday evenings I can effectively sit down with a glass of wine, press a button and see what I’m worth.'”

Falcon’s Piers Denne gets to the crux of the benefits of wrap”It has certainly led to a increase in attractive waitresses at my golf club.”

The FSA’s Robin Gordon Walker weighs into the European migration debate”Committed and patient? Brown would fulfil on both those requests. He should be committed.”

Burns-Anderson CEO Mike Hughes”I appreciate this isn’t that encouraging but I dreamt last night that I fell asleep during your presentation.”

B-A FD Peter Coleman offers some words of support to Hughes”Oh no. I hate these things, it’s like some really bad karaoke isn’t it?”

Seven IM Justin Urquhart Stewart on having to use a handheld microphone

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