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Trophy hunting

Some Diary readers have no doubt been following the saga of the terrible kidnapping of Money Marketing&#39s Headline Money Trade Newspaper of the Year Award 2004 by evil Daily Express hackette Esther Shaw.

Now we have to appeal to her better side by showing it is not just MM&#39s devastated journalists who are missing the award.

Above right is a picture of a group of MM trophies who had their hopes raised that they would be joined by a new friend on top of the filing cabinet. But all there is – as you can see – is a lonely space.

The Legal & General Hacks and Hackettes Golf Challenge Award 1999 says: “I was so looking forward to having a new friend to play with.” The Scottish Amicable Bowling Challenge Award 1998 says: “I thought I could teach the new award to bowl, just like I did with last year&#39s Headline Money award.” SocGen&#39s Five-a-Side Soccer Award 2001 says: “Please, Esther, look into your heart and find some pity for us. Send us back our new friend.”

Shaw, how can you keep up this crusade?


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