Mortgage Mole: Head of steam

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Head of steam

Mole’s readers will remember his recent spotting of Investec Private Bank’s Peter Izard critiquing Southern Rail on BBC News. Now Mole hears that Izard has gone a step further and taken his crusade on Southern Rail to Westminster, where he met his local MP, Sir Nicholas Soames.

Izard said constructive talks were had. “I wish to ensure that the passengers are heard loud and clear,” he told Mole. “It was great to highlight this extraordinary issue that affects some 300,000 passengers daily and shows no signs of improvement.”

As Soames is the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, who better to have on your side when battle is imminent?

Mud and guts


Well done to a team from More2Life for finishing the infamous Tough Mudder challenge last week.

The More2Lifers tackled a 10- to 12-mile run through a punishing obstacle course to raise money for Dementia UK. The team have raised more than £1,500 (and counting) from the event, and around £15,000 from other fund-raising activities.

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Bluestone baristas

A coffee craze has swept the UK in recent years but our enthusiasm for the drink is nothing compared to that of our Antipodean brethren, who treat the beverage with a reverence normally reserved for religious worship.

Mole hears this has even filtered down to the staff of the UK branches of Bluestone Mortgages, which has its roots in Australia. Not only does every Bluestone office have its own pro-level coffee machine but Bluestone HR sends all new employees a guide showing the Bluestone Baristas how to get the most out of the expensive kit.

Team spirit


In other charity news, Mole hears that a team from Buckinghamshire Building Society has completed the route of the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge. The event is held to raise funds for the Rennie Grove Hospice and on this occasion was also sponsored by the lender.

The 17-strong team completed nine – and 18-mile treks through the scenic (but hilly) environs of the Chilterns Ridgeway.