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A great tackle by Alan Shearer leaves him out cold

With some blinding displays of football recently – notably Everton snatching victory from Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final and Arsenal’s stunning 4-4 draw with Liverpool at Anfield last week – I was reminded of a story about Newcastle manager Alan Shearer at his local building society back when Nationwide sponsored the Championship.

He’d not been there five minutes when a gunman burst through the door demanding money. Shearer attempted to tackle him but got knocked over. He fell down, smashed his head on the counter and was out cold. The robber escaped and the cashier tried to revive Shearer. When he came round, he spluttered: “Where the hell am I?”

“Don’t worry,” replied the cashier, “you’re in the Nationwide.” “**** me,” replied Shearer. “Is it May already?”


Abbey (and Alliance & Leicester) announces good Q1 figures

Abbey announced its results (unaudited) for the first quarter of 2009 this week and these confirmed a further increase in the bank’s (now also including Alliance & Leicester) market share of gross lending, pushing the figure back up to an estimated 15%, compared to only 11.0% in the previous quarter.

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Challenges and opportunities

By Sarah Scott, marketing consultant On 22 February this year the charity Diabetes UK launched a fundraising initiative, #Swim22. They challenged individuals to swim 22 miles over the course of 89 days – a distance that equates to the width of the English Channel. Because of the time period the challenge is spread over, it […]


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