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Secret lives

The Diary can only applaud the window into the lives of Building Societies’ Association members provided by the “other information” section of this year’s press contacts directory.

Loughborough Building Society chief executive Stephen Peete is big enough to share with us that he has hated his middle name Raoul since his school days.

Ecology Building Society’s Jenny Barton likes holidaying in Cornwall, recycling and having a tidy desk.

Derbyshire BS chief executive Peter Richardson was on the books at Leyton Orient FC while Chorley BS’s Linda Tomlinson was the South Ribble School 100m champion in 1990 – thanks for keeping us in the loop with that one.

Meanwhile, the BSA’s own Rachel le Brocq tells us that she hates men who leave the toilet seat up and hangovers. The Diary wonders how often the two are related.


Alison O’connell

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The buoys from Brazil

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