The FSA’s rock band is making a come back at this year’s Compliance Register OStCaR awards although there are a few line-up changes since last year’s epic performance which included classy covers of Alice Cooper’s Poison and the Stones’ Jumpin’ Jack Flash.The night will also feature the immense vocal talents of Compliance Register’s Ben Goh, hopefully reprising last years tear jerking Avaa medley, as well as comedy from Rory Bremner. The night will be hosted by the legendary Cheryl Baker. Three Arjent staff are to run the New York marathon in aid of the Arjent Charitable Trust. Broker Jonathan Norris, client liaison executive Victoria Greeves and opener Joe Shiels will run the course looking to help raise 10,000 for the trust which will distribute funds to Breast Cancer Campaign, Jeans for Genes Campaigns, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Willow Foundation. Sheils (left) and Norris are pictured above limbering up for the big day. o The ABI awards can always be relied upon to offer up its fair share of mildly amusing mishaps. A female national journalist suffered the embarrassment of getting locked in the toilets and having to call the hotel management to release her. The Diary is all for people taking their jobs seriously but there comes a point when you have to call a spade a spade. One PR at a major insurer described their role as “communication practitioner” with, apparently, no trace of irony.u Congratulations are in order for Standard Life product marketing manager Mick James who completed the Bob Graham Round back in the summer. The challenge consists of 42 tops, 61 miles and 25,500 feet of ascent round the Lake District in under 24 hours. Only around 1,300 people have ever done it. The modest soul completed the challenge in the summer but we think that he deserves a belated pat on the back. Money Marketing columnist Robert Reid has been attending the FPA conference in Nashville where he took the opportunity to find his biker self. Do readers think Robert looks more like Dennis Hopper or Peter Fonda?”I’m the wrong shape to dance – too short and round.” Axa’s Andy Barr at the ABI’s “disco”. “Golf and boozing. No, sorry, boozing and golf.” In Partnership chief executive Kevin McDonagh on his plans for the weekend. “I’ve got Sylvester and Tweety Pie on my tie. What Disney characters have you got on yours?” Scottish Life’s Alasdair Buchanan at the ABI awards “I can feel the wine bill rising by the day.” TMP’s Alan Easter following a number of reschedules of a lunch appointment. “We are willing to look at a range of qualifications but Certified Piano Forte player was a no no.” Chartered Insurance Institute deputy director general Bob BullivantPaul Skjiler, pictured left, of London-based wealth management business Truestone has just completed a trek across the Tatra mountains on the Polish/Czech border, raising 130,000 for a rest home for terminally ill children. He completed the trek with a party of 11, including film director Peter Fudakowski (who directed the Oscar-winning Tsotsi) and his wife Minet. The money raised will cover the home’s running costs for around 18 months.
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