Mortgage Mole: Ridden with doubt


Intrepid Mole, digging up the stories behind the news

Ridden with doubt


Mole loves a bit of sport to reduce his stress levels after a full day of mortgage gossip but his jogs around the molehill look pitiful against the current efforts of Mortgage Strategy’s Sam Barker.

When Mole last checked, the deputy editor was in the hilly wonderland of Wales, part-way through a cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Travelling the length of the country will surely bring weird and wonderful sights but Mole nearly fell off his chair when Barker sent a photo of himself. Why does Wales have a statue of a police truncheon in one of its many fields?

You had the same thought too, right?

Fruitful interlude

Mole had a quiet couple of beers with one of the big guns of the mortgage market last week in a pub in London’s West End.

Once mortgage matters were dealt with, the conversation moved to football – as it often does with Mole – with both sides trying to work out how Liverpool had lost the Europa League final.

The grandee of the market had watched the game with his wife in Leicester Square’s Empire Casino. During the 15-minute interval, he decided to try his luck on one of the many fruit machines – and ended up bagging more than £14,000. Not enough for a deposit on a house in London, but a decent start.