Skandia PR Alex Jones certainly knows how to treat a group of journalists. Not for him the decadence of Claridges or The Ivy.No, Mr Jones decided that a plate of crickets and locusts was the best thing to offer up to the famished hacks. The delightfully named love bug salad was gratefully accepted by most of the party along with a dollop of wildebeest for those with less stable stomachs. The crispy creatures were surprisingly tasty and one MM reporter even brought back a doggy bag of the fried bugs back to the office because they could not get enough of the crunchy creepy crawlies.
John Charcol is looking at offering mortgages via affinity partnerships with football clubs. The broker believes that many football supporters are getting a poor deal with poor affinity deals on other financial services products such as credit cards and general insurance when products are sold direct and it believes that a broking service would offer […]
Commission is not evil and should not be wiped out of the industry, SimplyBiz chairman Ken Davy told an audience at Money Marketing Live in Manchester on Tuesday. Davy, speaking at a panel debate about the future of the intermediary, said it is not up to the FSA to decide what type of business model […]
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Apparently the Egyptian queen Cleopatra was so monumentally peeved about her boyfriend, Antony, dying and the prospect of being ruled by the invading Augustus Caesar she committed suicide by allowing some poisonous asps to bite her.
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