The Mortgage Mole

Boss’ Birthday BashThe mortgage industry was out in force last week to celebrate Strategy editor Robyn Hall’s 30th birthday.

The old-timer celebrated in style at Soho’s The Couch along with his dedicated team of reporters, writers, subs, and sales people, plus several well known industry faces. Mole can only apologise if we forgot to invite you – it really was last minute.

Horsing Around Mortgage Strategy’s industry horse racing tipster who let hackette Rebecca down so badly at Cheltenham earlier in the year, redeemed himself after two of his tips came in for Hall at Sandown last week.

The editor went home with a skip in his step and an extra 400 in his pocket, which he later used to clear the magazine’s tab at the aforementioned local boozer.

All At SeaMichael Bolton, the vocal director of MBAC Consulting, has been making the most of his gardening leave. Not content with a recent trip to Barbados, he and erstwhile partner in crime Alan Cleary were in Monaco for the Grand Prix, living it up on a 67 foot yacht. Proving, though, what a small mortgage world it is, Mole hears their yacht looked down over alleged Merrill Lynch bedfellow Mortgages PLC, whose bosses were enjoying their own industry knees-up. Doesn’t anyone do any work?

Strung Up Mole was interested to see that the Soho branch of Stringfellows opened last week on Wardour and Berwick Street, just 100 yards from the illustrious Strategy Towers. Strategy hackette Rebecca Atkinson was sat outside in the rain on opening night in protest at the stripclub and Mole’s new-found burrow. She even recognised some members of the mortgage industry walking up to the club, no doubt, she thought, to join her campaign. Sadly they walked in, much to Mole’s delight.

Ready For Rooty Action As Mortgage Strategy went to press last week deputy features ed McCarthy was preparing himself for an impromptu trip to Manchester to watch England play Jamaica courtesy of those nice folk at Nationwide. Fingers were crossed that Peter Crouch was playing and that he’d have reason for another rendition of his robot dance.

But McCarthy had to make a last-minute dash to the shops to buy something smart to wear after being told his England T-shirt and jeans would not go down well with corporate hospitality. Ever the rebel, he told Mole: “I’m still going to wear my England boxers!”

Ivory Hunt Mortgage Strategy’s features editor Mira Butterworth is going on an industry Elephant hunt. “I’m looking forward to a fine feast using my new ivory cutlery soon,” she told Mole. Scary.