The Mortgage Mole

Salutes You, Sir Another hard week for the staffers at Mortgage Strategy and one that saw the team celebrating at Liverpool Street’s Great Eastern Hotel after scooping runner-up slot at the Bradford & Bingley Media Awards. And what a cause for celebration. They might only be runners-up but no other mortgage mags got a mention and having only lost out to an investment title, Mortgage Strategy still managed to leave Financial Adviser and Money Marketing trailing. Mole salutes you.

Dancing Queens Talk about murder on the dance floor. As Mole’s exclusive snap for my caption competition shows, MS hackette Rebecca Atkinson was straight on the dance floor after the B&B Media Awards with Mortgage Express supremo Tim Dawson. Meanwhile, chief whip Natalie Martin was grooving with B&B chief exec Stephen Crawshaw. “He’s a nice man – and a good dancer,” Martin gushed to Mole.

Rich DietMS hacks were dining in style on Thursday at The Connaught, courtesy of Townends managing director Tony Addinall. At seven courses, even Robert ‘Worms’ Thickett and Natalie ‘It’s not a diet, it’s a regime’ Martin were taxed by the sumptuous meal. Prepared by Gordon Ramsay prot訩 Angela Hartnell, meal and service were sublime and both came sans swearing. Martin and Thicket were standing in for editor Hall, who was green (with vomit rather than envy) after celebrating victory at the B&B awards.

Celebrity Balls Mole was treated to a night of entertainment at the Vaudeville Golfing Society’s 76th annual dinner and cabaret last night, courtesy of loan shark Kevin Friend. The society was formed in 1921 by the variety luminaries of the time. Membership is limited to artistes and with the current crop including the likes of comedian Jim Davidson, soccer pundit Jimmy Hill, entertainer Bruce Forsythe, comedian Roy Walker and Corrie’s Bradley Walsh, Mole was guaranteed a cracking night on the tiles.

That’s My Boy >Industry stalwart John Murray was welcomed into the Centaur fold last week, getting ready to launch Lending Strategy, an exciting new read for mortgage lenders. Only then did it strike Mole that news editor Robert Thickett bears a stunning resemblence to the great man. Could Thickett really be Murray Jnr? More on this explosive theory next week.

Show Up It’s Mortgage Expo time again on Wednesday and Thursday this week and MS will be out in force on stand D74 for those of you with gripes and groans, or even those who might just want a chin wag. There’s the chance to win a fantastic mystery prize too, but to find out what you’ll have to come and say hello. See you there.