The Mortgage Mole: Beard-off

Andrew Montlake


Twitter was all a flutter recently when Newsnight anchor man Jeremy Paxman presented the show sporting a beard, and it seems this trend is fast spreading to the mortgage industry.

Don’t be fooled by the smart goatie our columnist Andrew Montlake is sporting in his new Marketwatch picture this week.

That photograph was taken before his trip to Portugal over the summer as behold, he returned to our fair shores with a full blown beard.

Montlake is now competing in a beard-off with that other great industry display of The Fleece, Santander for Intermediaries managing director Miguel Sard.

It’s just over a year since Sard went through his own road to facial fluff conversion and clearly in terms of sheer volume, at the moment he is the clear winner. But what Montlake’s lacks in girth he gains in um, greyness.

If you are sporting your own rebellious bristles after the summer break, please send Mole a pic.

The new Monkey Boy

Less than a week after football superstar Gareth Bale’s £85.3m transfer to Real Madrid, Mole this thinks he has unearthed a new Welsh wizard in Mortgage Strategy deputy editor Paul Thomas.

Thomas, along with new summer signing Devraj Ray, helped a combined Mortgage Strategy/Money Marketing side win the sixth annual AJ Bell five-a-side tournament at Wembley.

After struggling through the group stages, the team battled through to the final, which they won 4-3, although the victory was marred by controversy after finalists AJ Bell suggested Thomas was inside the area for his second goal.

When asked if he struck the ball inside the area, Thomas replied: “Look, that’s done with now. Let’s move on. I just want to say thanks to the fans, who have been fantastic throughout the tournament. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be here now.”