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Knowing his Clough
Mole salutes Lentune Mortgages’ Stuart Gregory, whose recent brilliant joke on Twitter (see below) combined US current affairs with his encyclopedic knowledge of football history, achieving the accolade of an acknowledgement from actor Michael Sheen.
For the benefit of the industry’s younger members, Stu revived a famous quote from the late Brian Clough’s 44 days as Leeds United manager in 1974, when the notoriously outspoken Yorkshireman (later played by Sheen on screen) told three star players to throw away their medals because they had won them by cheating.
Classic quotes never lose their relevance, Mole observes.
Hang on to your hats: the mortgage market’s house band, Rogue Monkey, will be performing a charity gig at 7pm on 12 October to raise money for Shelter, and it promises to be a loud one.
Rogue Monkey is, of course, headed by Coreco’s Andrew Montlake and features the broker’s David Tinsley on drums (see left).
The group will be playing at the Borderline in Soho, London, a venue that has hosted famous acts including Debbie Harry, REM and Amy Winehouse. The event is free, although Coreco requests £5 donations on the door. Tickets are available here: goo.gl/Mg9nDB.
Mole understands the dress code will be ‘rock, grunge or outrageous’, and he’s contemplating a mixture of all three.
Time to go bananas!
Whose Conga is longer?
Mole was having a catch-up with Metro Bank’s Charles Morley and Mark Gordon recently and was both bemused and somewhat bewildered on hearing about the lender’s unusual policy regarding new hires — designed to induct them into the non-traditional ways of the firm.
New recruits are asked to choose a favourite song and then start a conga line around the office, while wearing red and blue feather boas to match the Metro Bank livery.
Mole wondered if his leg was being pulled, but revised his opinion after viewing hard proof — a video of one of said congas on Charles’ phone.
Metro Bank certainly likes to dance to its own tune.
Industry charity totaliser
Our industry is full of generous individuals and firms that support a host of good causes, with colleagues often giving up their spare time to raise funds in imaginative or challenging ways.
Check out the sums raised this month…