Celebrity stalker and MS hackette Natalie was at it again last week at the London premiere of Pride and Prejudice. Having rushed to Leicester Square after work, Natalie stood for two and a half hours waiting to see her Mr Darcy only to find that, when the great man arrived plumb in the centre of her viewfinder – the batteries in her camera had run out. Distraught, Natalie batted her eyelids at a kindly BBC cameraman standing close by, who offered to cut down one of the movie’s display signs for her as a consolation prize.
YOU REALLY HAD TO BE THERE
Conference. Jerez. Andy Montlake, partner at Cobalt Capital. Say no more.
SMOKER’S LAST RESORT
There was no “EaZy” option in Jerez for Mortgage 2000 managing director Sean Hornsby. The industry’s seasoned fag hag was last seen hunting down every single pack of Marlboro 100s in the back streets of the Spanish resort.
Mole was left a little confused in Jerez last week on hearing that the RBS group wants to barnstorm the equity release market. Talk about shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted. But at least Mole did benefit from the keen observation powers of Network Data’s managing director Richard Griffiths. He quipped: “Never mind The One account, before you know it, they’ll start calling it the last account.”
INTEREST RATES FALL
Organisers of the Jerez shindig were keen that guest of honour, former prominent Conservative MP Michael Portillo, was kept appropriately entertained.
The day after the conference, departing from the 15th at the luxurious Montecastillo Golf resourt in Jerez, Platform’s Richard Beardshaw managed to write off his super charged turbo golf buggy – leaving Mortgage Strategy publisher Patrick Ponsford to foot the bill. “It was an accident,” one passenger confessed to Mole, “At least he won’t get any points on his licence.” Hmm.