The champagne was flowing on Thursday night at the Pink Home Loan awards – more for some than others. But taking Pink's Dev Malle and NatWest's Mary Jayne-Carey out of the equation, there were plenty of other mishaps on the night too. Step forward St Michael of Bolton, the illustrious director of mortgages at Birmingham Midshires. Not only did our Lordship scoop Mortgage Personality of the Year, Big Bopper also managed to avoid taking home the elusive self-cert lender of the year trophy (avid observers will remember that last year's event coincided with the BBC's self-cert exposé.) “There's not a chance we would have wanted that this year,” Mole's insider confessed. “Imagine the shame.” Indeed.
Another casualty at the Pink awards was hapless hackette Natalie Martin. Cue the case of the missing shoes. It seems our Nat managed to misplace her Manolo Blahniks which were last spotted in a cab heading down the Hagley Road. Mole is offering a reward for any information leading to the successful recovery of Nat's footwear.
Meanwhile, impressive footwork was also evident on the night from publishing supremo Patrick Ponsford. Mole's man behind the ads proved there was more to his merry banter than sales spiel with a more than impressive display on the dancefloor. Strictly Come Dancing? Of course.
Following on from the impressive exploits of MS deputy editor Rosie scaling Ben Nevis last weekend, Strategy hack Barney is suffering today having completed the gruelling 13 mile Great North Run at the weekend. While glad to have raised an impressive sum for Mencap (last-minute donations welcome) and feeling a great sense of achievement, Mole reckons Barney is even more glad to be able to have a drink without feeling guilty now.
Adopting the recovery position again today will be Strategy hack Thickett after spending the weekend on the lash at Munich's Oktoberfest courtesy of those nice folk at Kensington. Mole's exclusive snap of our man in full lederhosen has to be the money shot of the year.
Unfortunately Thickett got it into his head that the whole junket would be Germanthemed with his peers getting togged out in full yodelling kit. Having puffed his way down Oxford Street and struggled through Heathrow Airport in shorts that left nothing to the imagination, he discovered to his dismay there had been a miscommunication, as everyone else in the party was dressed sensibly.
Fearless Headlinemoney's Jayne Chichester and MS' Rosie Gallagher pause for a pose on their way to conquering Ben Nevis for charity. Printable captions only please “Well, by my measurements, I'd say this one's at least eight inches long!”