DAVROS COULDN'T MAKE IT
The great and the just plain dumb of the industry gathered last week in Soho for the inaugural GE Home Lending quiz night. Unfortunately the only MS representatives in attendance were Martin, Thickett and Hall but still more than enough brain cells to take on some of our slower peers. Alas, as any experienced quiz player knows, winning is immaterial (we came second – thanks for the trophies). The true challenge is coming up with a clever name and we were the true winners here although to be fair, when your opposition call themselves 'Mortgage Solutions', it's not much of a challenge. At Bob Sturges from igroup's suggestion, we plumped for a title in honour of our missing colleagues, thus 'Davros Couldn't Make It' was born.
A rather tame Intermediary Mortgage Lenders' Association annual dinner saw Thickett up to his old tricks. Not content with the fine champagne and company at the glitzy do, the industry's answer to Clark Kent let the Secrets slip. The poor boy decided to plump for the Euston Road venue only to be ceremoniously fleeced by the lovely Kelly. “I didn't realise that you had to pay just to talk,” a bemused Thickett told Mole the following day. “Before I knew it I'd racked up a bill of £120 – and I only got one dance!” celebs all Elsewhere the more respectable industry players were enjoying post-IMLA entertainment at London's exclusive Embassy club courtesy of those nice chaps at Platform. And partying along with the great and the good were none other than Hollywood bad boy Christian Slater, the ever-fantastic celebrity Hell's Kitchen chef Jennifer Ellison and ex-Eastender Dean Gaffney.
“You're gonna have to watch yourself in here mate,” Platform's Paul Hunt told Mole. “That Dean Gaffney's well 'ard.”
Mole is amazed at what some people get up to (not to mention our own Mr McCarthy) but as it's all in the aid of charity he applauds them all. Jog forward Ian Giles and James Mayne of Purely Mortgages fame. The duo ran 7km at the weekend dressed as gorillas to raise money for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Ian has pledged to raise £400 and would be very grateful if the industry could support him in the challenge. Donate at www.gorillas.org. Alas Mole will be in hiding as he's somewhat wary of big furry animals.
Also for charity, MS deputy editor Rosie and Headlinemoney sales and content manager Jayne Chichester climbed Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain, at the weekend. Ironside was rolling in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and would be grateful to receive sponsorship cheques at the usual MS address made payable to the charity. Big