The Mortgage Mole

NEAR MISS
Working at the weekend isn’t so bad, as MS editor Robyn Hall and hackette Rebecca Atkinson found out when they attended the premiere of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit on Sunday courtesy of those kind folk at Bradford & Bingley. The pair got a taste of how the other half lives as they trod the red carpet in Leicester Square while celeb spotters and the paparazzi looked on, bemused.

“Actually, the carpet was green,” Rebecca confided to Mole. “We felt like stars but nobody asked for our autographs.” But Atkinson perked up when she discovered heart-throb Ralph Fiennes was seated just rows away.

STARS AND BARS
And things got even better at the after-party. Hall’s natural instincts led the pair to a prime position by the bar where the famous faces were congregating. As well as the girls from B&B, the star-struck hacks rubbed shoulders with Peter Sallis, Liz Smith, Ian Hislop and John Thomson. They also boasted to Mole that they spoke to Kym Marsh of (brief) Hear’Say fame about face painting. Strategy’s specialist celebrity stalker Natalie was green with envy on Monday morning.

LOVE THAT LUVVIE
Mole enjoyed a night at the theatre last week courtesy of Savills Private Finance. The Theatre Royal on Haymarket was the venue for the stage adaptation of A Few Good Men starring Rob Lowe of The West Wing fame and Suranne Jones, better known as Karen McDonald from Coronation Street. Mole was particularly impressed by the front row seats – close enough to see spittle fly. And not just from the actors but also from features ed Mira, ahem, admiring Mr Lowe from close quarters.

ON THE RUN
Meanwhile senior reporter Barney has the running bug again. Not content with having secured a place in the Flora London Marathon 2006, he has entered the GRIM 8 – an eight mile off-road run, wade and crawl in Aldershot on land used to test Army vehicles. The challenge, which takes place in chilly December, promises to make keen entrants feel “cold, extremely wet, very tired and particularly grim.” What a treat.

AGE CONCERN
Mole got the star treatment on Tuesday at GE Day. Hackette Natalie knew there would be photo opportunities with top Olympians but didn’t realise she would become a rock star for the day. When photographers digitally imposed Natalie’s photo onto a DVD cover, she thought it would be a good look for her debut album.

But Natalie politely declined the opportunity to see a picture of what she will look like in 40 years’ time.

“Since working at Mortgage Strategy, I dread to think,” she confessed to Mole.