With just seven days to go before The Mortgage Works' charity five-a-side football tournament, Mole has to confess to being a little worried about the Strategy staffers who have allegedly been training hard for the event, and would like to point out that alcohol is no subsitute for exercise.
“Strategy doesn't stand a chance,” John Malone, TMW's unofficial chairman, told Mole last week. “I'm backing TMW all the way – especially now that it has enlisted my services as team chairman. I'm good enough to give Abramovich a run for his money any day. I'm flying to Portugal next week to sign Henrik Larsson – he'll have more chance playing for us than he will Sweden, plus he's a personal friend.” Dream on, John.
Correspondence to the FSA this week from the mortgage industry's own latterday Zorro (like we need another hero – ed). His aims are simple: freedom from the tyranny of regulation, be it Don MCCB or the evil Don Rafael FSA.
“The MCCB never caught up with me,” our masked vigilante claims, “and the FSA won't either.”
Sadly, however, Zorro Rides Again was more Zorro Unmasked. Our intrepid anti-hero absent-mindedly forsook his trade mark slashed 'Z' and included instead full contact details as well as the company he worked for on the email he sent to the FSA.
While his identity is safe with Mole for now, it seems doubtful the FSA will take such an understanding view.
The great, the good and the plain greedy of the financial services press were in attendance last month for a charity showing of the third instalment of Harry Potter. A grand time was had by all including slap-up tapas beforehand, the spicy menu being the perfect remedy for the nasty bug Ironside had picked up after six hours of solid boozing earlier in the day.
No surprise then that MEX wouldn't splash out on up-to-date gifts, resorting to doling out antique candy-packed pencil cases daubed with scenes from the second film. Still, it kept 'em quiet.
More from MEX and a surprise guest at Kensington's annual roof garden bash in the shape of Tim Dawson.
The MEX boss man does, of course, enjoy a close working relationship with KMC chief executive John Maltby through IMLA and is not about to be poached – at least that's what he told Mole.
Another surprise at the infamous bash was the disturbing lack of rain. Having been soaked through by an almighty downpour for the last two years running, Mole was amazed and a little unsettled to leave the event dry for once. And dry is more than can be said for the do itself. With 324 bottles of Bolly being consumed alongside some 270 bottles of wine, not to mention the beer, Mole's sure there will have been one or two office soreheads stumbling about next day.