The Building Societies Association attempted to scare Strategy’s hardened hacks and the industry’s bravest with a ghost walk in London last week to mark Halloween. Starting outside the Royal Exchange, the route took in dark alleys and deserted churchyards around the City and was led by ghost author and researcher Richard Jones, resplendent in Dickensian attire.
Once the tour was complete, the MS team were glad to retire to a cosy pub for mulled wine and mince pies. But their complacent smiles froze when it was revealed that the pub they were in was the most haunted in London. Williamson’s Tavern, in a small courtyard off Bow Lane, is said to be frequented by poltergeists. The paranormal pests are said to wreak havoc so often that several barmaids now refuse to work evenings and police sniffer dogs refuse to enter.
Mole uncovered the hidden talents of Keith Dearling this week. Apparently Dearling, founding partner at Advantage Home Loans, was busy making movies three years ago as a director of Evolution Films. Among many achievements, Dearling was executive producer of Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage, starring Pauline Collins, aka Shirley Valentine.
Dirty Young Man
Senior features writer Barney McCarthy is back in training after a two-week break in Italy. The GRIM Challenge – which entails a mere eight miles of running, wading and crawling through mud used to test Army vehicles in Aldershot – awaits McCarthy in just over a month.