The Mortgage Mole

Paddle power

We all pledge to do crazy things down the pub. But spare a thought for Capital Bridging Finance principal Keith Aldridge who as a result of a late night pledge with friends, has been hard at it training for an epic 125 mile canoe ride from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in the heart of London.

Because he had actually committed to take part in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Marathon to raise funds for The Playbarn Project which is a charity helping children recover more quickly from the treatment for leukaemia.

Those entering the non-stop race will be in their boats for around 24 hours with no breaks.

Mole hears that during the harsh winter months Keith has been in training, regularly getting out onto the water at 6am and paddling through his training regime.

“It sounded like a great idea at the time,” Aldridge told Mole.

“I am really looking forward to taking part and more importantly that first glass of wine after the race will be well earned and of course a very worthy cause will benefit from my efforts.”

To sponsor Aldridge go to

From beyond the grave

Mole had his feet up last week watching The Football League Show on BBC One which was televised from league two side Barnet F.C’s stadium.

But as presenter Manish Bhasin walked out of one of the stadium’s walk ways, Mole’s eye was caught by the now defunct mortgage brand that sat beneath the sign stating “Welcome to Underhill Stadium” – none other than the dearly departed Mortgage Express.

The buy-to-let lender, which was part of Bradford & Bingley, agreed to sponsor the football club in July 2007 for a whopping 10-years.

With Mortgage Express’s offices based in Barnet as well, while the match may have appeared to be made in heaven little did anyone know the brand was destined for lending hell.

Unsurprisingly it’s no longer listed as a sponsor on the club’s website but in a small part of Underhill Stadium a reminder of the mortgage market’s folly lives on.