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Striking it lucky

The new face of Scottish Widows, Hayley Hunt, certainly earns her money. The Diary can reveal that the black garb she has to don for promotional work weighs a whopping four stone. That’s a lot of silk and velvet.

Scottish Widows even forked out 8,000 on a pair of diamond earrings for her to wear in the photo shoots – well, you can’t have the widow wearing Elizabeth Duke, can you?

It might sound a lot but those prudent Widows folk managed to haggle the jewellers down from more than four times that amount.

Alas, Hayley does not get to keep them, nor do the ladies in the company’s press office get to borrow them. They are locked in a vault and only brought out for official business.

“There were too many PRs there for my liking.”

Anonymous PR on a financial hack’s leaving bash”Do I get mad, get even or just reach for another glass of red wine?”

Complianceonline’s Annie Shaw contemplates her options after appearing in Out of Context. Again”I even have Skandia flip-flops.”

PR fandango Alex Jones”We have just had a really nice lunch.”

Nucleus chief executive David Ferguson on his 7pm arrival to meet the Money Marketing teamPaymentshield non-exec director John Cowan has been mixing with the stars. He somehow managed to wangle an invite to the Beckhams’ exclusive pre-World Cup bash and spent the night talking to the likes of Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (left).

His partner was particularly chuffed when she found herself in the queue for the ladies sandwiched between Joan Collins and Elle Macpherson. The latter was having hair issues although Cowan says he couldn’t see anything wrong with her hair or her legs, for that matter.

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