The legend of Lloyd's underwriting talent took a setback this week when it employed a leading graphologist to assess the handwriting of several insurance industry hacks at the corporation's press do.

Backchat's suspicion was aroused when a number of journalists, with a range of handwriting styles from calligraphy to scrawl, were all told they not only had intelligence but also intuition. Surely no Lloyd's underwriter would rely on such dubious information?

But wait. It wasn't all bad news. The graphologist did seem to spot one home truth. Insurance Times' news editor, Paddy Gourlay, came away with the comment: “He said my writing was appalling.” Backchat and the other journalists there all agreed.