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Former Axis PR guru publishes pop culture book

Former Axis PR guru Paul Wellings – who describes himself as the bastard offspring ofBurchill and Parsons&#39 – has written a memoir of his days as a fledgling pop idol, pirate radio jock, working on NME and his desire not to praise Tony Blair but to bury him.

The book, &#39I&#39m a Journalist Get Me Out of Here!&#39, covers subjects as diverse as music, sex, drugs, clothes, politics, movies, books and the attempted alienation of the working class.

Wellings was widely acknowledged as an innovative and provocative journalist during Fleet Street&#39s street-smart era and his words were devoured by a huge readership eager for his pronouncements on the latest bands, sounds and looks.

Julie Burchill from The Times called Wellings “the best interviewer she&#39s had”, while Kevin Sampson, author of bestseller &#39Powder&#39, said he was a big influence on his work and called the opening of this book “the most important social commentary of the last 20 years – brilliant stuff”.

&#39I&#39m a Journalist Get Me Out of Here!&#39 is published by The Progressive Press at £4.99.It can be ordered post-free by writing to 3 June Avenue, Blackpool FY4 4LQ or emailing


TMB unveils its online system

The Mortgage Business has unveiled its online case processing service for brokers and will relaunch its entire product range next month. The HBOS subsidiary says the online system has been designed to incorporate the firm&#39s own flexible underwriting system, will be easy to use and will allow for faster mortgage decisions and quick offer turnarounds. […]

Exclusive: NU Club to be integrated under PMS brand

The Norwich Union Mortgage Club will be integrated under Bankhall&#39s Premier brand over the next 12 months. As Mortgage Strategy exclusively revealed yesterday the club has been purchased by Bankhall for an undisclosed sum, joining Premier Mortgage Service, purchased from Prudential. Shaun Godfrey, Bankhall group sales director, says both the NU Mortgage Club and Bankhall&#39s […]

Outspoken Monty Burn to join MS as columnist

Mortgage Watchdog chairman Monty Burn has announced his retirement from broking and is to join Mortgage Strategy as a columnist. Burn, a former compliance officer, says it&#39s time for him to take a less active role. He says: “I have taken Mortgage Watchdog as far as I can on limited resources and the company must […]

Mortgage lending rises by 19.5% in March

Mortgage lending rose by 19.5% in March, latest data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders reveals. A total of £24.5bn of gross advances was lent in March, up from £20.5bn in February and 25% higher than the £19.6bn lent in March last year. This level of lending was the strongest for four months, and could […]


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