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Where there&#39s muck, there&#39s brass

•”The most embarrassing bit was being overtaken by the comedy cucumbers.” – Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Ben Yearsley on his latest running escapade.

Our own venerable columnist Julian Gibbs will understand this old adage better than most because he is descended from Anthony Gibbs and Sons, the London-based firm that in 1849 carved up the entire Peruvian guano industry.

The rich piles of bird droppings deposited on Peru&#39s offshore islands were much sought after in industrial Europe as fertiliser. So if you have something to put on deposit, remember, it is not just Julian&#39s great-grandfather who gave good returns.

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