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What’s your favourite restaurant?

Curry Corner is the restaurant that gets most of my custom. But restaurants I would most like to return to include Ripples Café at the Sydney Olympic swimming pool from which the views are stunning, Quay 4 in Cape Town where the fish is superb and The Brew House in Whistler where, quite frankly, anything would taste good after a hard day’s skiing.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on dinner for two?

More than £400 at La Pergola restaurant in Rome – it has more than 50 types of water.

What’s your favourite band?

Green Day, although my iPod is on permanent shuffle mode.

What’s your favourite tipple?

Goff’s Jouster, a bitter brewed locally in Winchcombe.

Do you have any hobbies and interests?

I play water polo although my team has been trying to persuade me to retire for a few years. I also help coach and referee my elder son’s mini-rugby team.


CC publishes proposed remedies

The Competition Commission has published its proposed remedies designed to increase competition in the home credit market.In its provisional findings report published in April, the CC concluded thatthe lack of competition in the home credit market, from other creditproducts, new entrants or among the home credit providers themselves, means that customers face higher prices for […]

em- launches range for Northern Ireland

Mortgage packager em- has launched a new semi-exclusive range of non-conforming and near prime commercial products through em-commercial. These products are dedicated to the growing Northern Ireland market and are being launched in association with Commercial First Northern Ireland.Both ranges should gain interest from brokers across the area with the non-conforming offering up to 75% […]

Pros and cons of HMO regulation

In last week’s Mortgage Strategy (August 14), it was reported that parents are being warned to do their homework on prospective buy-to-let investments for their children going to university. This is undeniably true but it also should apply to brokers, especially with regard to the recently introduced houses in multiple occupation rules. With the legislation more than a month old, it is worth making sure you are up-to-speed on its implications.

Market Watch

Swaps edged up for a few days before dropping back slightly. They are now at two-year highs.

  • One-year money is down 0.01%at 5.24%
  • Two-year money is down 0.01% at 5.26%
  • Three-year money is unchanged at 5.27%
  • Five-year money is unchanged at 5.22%
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