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    Backchat: Mistaken identity case file 1

    2009-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Does Barry Smith have a secret life? Is Richard Ward an international man of mystery? The Insider investigates ...

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    Backchat

    2009-03-25T00:00:00Z

    The Insider reports from a CII dinner that was missing a vital ingredient: any dinner. And don’t get him started on the speaker ...

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    Backchat: Never mind, boys. What’s a billion or two among friends?

    2009-03-18T00:00:00Z

    Fortunes lost, friends gained and eyebrows shaved. It’s all drama with the Insider this week

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    Backchat

    2009-03-11T00:00:00Z

    Who would bid for Bluefin? Who did insure that £10m tongue? Who’s crazy about mini-putt? Read on for all the answers ...

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    Backchat

    2009-03-04T00:00:00Z

    Rude words and quite rude dancing are on the Insider’s radar this week. And then there are the koala bears ...

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    Backchat

    2009-02-25T00:00:00Z

    Where do former AXA bosses go? How long will private equity houses hog the headlines? Insider keeps his ear to the ground...

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    Backchat: Vicky Cristina Barcelona? How about Paul Donaldson Madrid

    2009-02-18T00:00:00Z

    The Insider hears all about Paul Donaldson, a chav claim and he enters the world of social networking

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    Backchat: What becomes of the broken-hearted?

    2009-02-11T00:00:00Z

    The Insider hears all about Patrick Snowball, snow fever and revolutionary fervour

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    Backchat: I bet it seemed a good idea at the time

    2009-02-04T00:00:00Z

    What’s Mark Cliff doing with his evenings? Who’s the weirdest collector in Britain? The Insider is searching for answers ...

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    Backchat: How about a nice picture of kittens?

    2009-01-28T00:00:00Z

    Kieran Rigby tells the Insider his secrets, Alex Alway keeps on smiling and disaster strikes (the walls) at Amlin

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    Backchat

    2009-01-21T00:00:00Z

    It’s cold out there, but the Insider’s phone line is positively red hot. And he’s going to tell you everything he’s heard

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    Backchat

    2009-01-21T00:00:00Z

    It’s high culture meets low farce this week, with Renaissance art, classic cars and the mysterious incident of the fraud at Biba

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    Backchat: Horses for three courses, plus drinks

    2009-01-07T00:00:00Z

    The Insider heckles the FSA, envies Lord Levene and wonders what went wrong at the CII

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    Backchat: Chinese whispers and other party games

    2008-12-17T00:00:00Z

    The Insider tracks the life and death of a rumour, and hears about dry martinis, wet weather and dancing girls

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    Backchat: Oh, what a night

    2008-12-10T00:00:00Z

    There was a bit of a do at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole last Friday night. I stuck my head round the door and found the Insurance Times Awards in full swing. The great and the good were out in force (especially once I’d arrived), although Willis boss Joe Plumeri, one ...

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    Ho, ho, no

    2008-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Stuck up here at Insurance Times Towers, Backchat is getting a little depressed by all the doom and gloom around us. The bars of Leadenhall market are more subdued than usual, their empty tables crying out for Jeroboam-swigging, bonus-wielding City boys. But with many firms expected to follow AIG’s example ...

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    Backchat

    2008-12-03T00:00:00Z

    Creme de la crime Despite the best efforts of Groupama big cheeses Francois-Xavier Boisseau and Laurent Matras – who could build quite a career in comedy if insurance doesn’t work out for them, what with their “Ooh, aah Groupama” routine – the entertainer “Keith the thief” stole the show at ...

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    It’s a dog’s life

    2008-11-26T00:00:00Z

    A big well done to SME Insurance Services, which even in these austere times is finding a few pennies for charity. The company decided to support Guide Dogs for the Blind and hopes to raise £5,000 over the coming year to sponsor a guide-dog puppy through its first year of ...

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    Riches, tea and biscuits

    2008-11-26T00:00:00Z

    To Spencer House (above), the 18th-century London mansion that was built for an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales. With all that history and wealth sloshing around, it was an appropriate setting for the launch of Chubb’ s ultra high net worth policy. After a whistle-stop tour of the house ...

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    Barry the what?

    2008-11-26T00:00:00Z

    ITV news presenter Alastair Stewart (above) got caught out by industry terminology when he hosted the recent ABI motor conference. The poor chap looked puzzled when the audience tittered each time he referred to Fortis’ Barry Smith as “Barry the broker”. Perhaps someone should have told him Smith is an ...