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Royal Bank of Scotland is holding a swanky dinner for the glitterati of the national personal finance press and, like all good hosts, has been checking whether its guests have any special dietary requirements.

Among the common requests for vegetarian food was a more esoteric instruction from the BBC’s Andrew Verity.

“No beetroot,” his reply screamed, displaying a deep hatred for the purple root vegetable.

Good job he isn’t Eastern European correspondent.l More worthy pursuits from the industry this week as BM Solutions, perhaps somewhat ironically, launches a joint venture with homeless charity Shelter.

The two are looking to raise 350,000 through donations of 2.50 for every mortgage completed.

They are also arranging a number of fundraising events, including a footie match.

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