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    And the band played on

    2008-11-26T00:00:00Z

    Not to be a Scrooge but, this year, the Opera in the City Christmas concert seems a little reminiscent of the quote from Titanic: “Music to drown by. Now I know I’m in first class.” Still, the fifth annual event is bound to lift the spirits of those working in ...

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    The unbearable lightness of motoring

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Existential crisis is an unlikely topic for a press release from the RAC, but when its PR company sent Backchat a document headed “Young female motorists most at risk of being”, you have to wonder. A missing word seemed the more believable explanation. But at risk of being what? Abducted ...

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    In enemy territory

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Phil Rawlings, technical manager of motor claims for AXA, found himself surrounded by claimant lawyers without much insurer backup at the Motor Accident Solicitors Society’s annual conference last week. During a coffee break, Rawlings trawled the exhibitor stands and collected an armful of goodies, joking that he might as well ...

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    Dinner isn't served

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Over at AIG, the new spirit of parsimony continues. As Insurance Times revealed a few weeks ago, the insurance giant cancelled its Christmas revels after the US government – its de facto owner – criticised taxpayer-financed corporate jollies. As if that weren’t enough of a blow for staff left wondering ...

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    On the block

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    As Backchat can attest, mixing alcohol and auctions is dangerous. BGL Group invited Backchat to a gourmet evening on Saturday at the Marriott hotel in Peterborough. The event, held in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, included dinner and wine tasting, hosted by a ...

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    Bye bye, B&B awards

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    The video montage that opened the Personal Finance Media Awards last week drew chuckles from the hacks gathered at the Bafta building on London’s Piccadilly. The event – in which features editor Lauren MacGillivray was named runner-up in the trade newcomer journalist of the year category – was previously known ...

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    Peer pressure

    2008-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Chris Hanks, general manager of Allianz Commercial, managed to turn a few heads during a recent visit to the House of Lords. He joined a friend, a leading peer of the realm, in a tour of the building and then went to lunch. When they entered the plush surroundings of ...

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    I do (buy cover)

    2008-11-12T00:00:00Z

    With the UK on the brink of recession, insurers are looking for ways to encourage people to splash their cash on insurance. Ecclesiastical, renowned for its connection with church insurance, is hoping to earn a few extra pounds with a “credit crunch-friendly” wedding policy. “Couples may be forced to scale ...

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    Buffett takes stock

    2008-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Backchat was intrigued by the latest pearl of wisdom from investment guru Warren Buffett. The “sage of Omaha” and world’s richest man is excited about US equities. “I’ve been buying American stocks; this is my personal account I’m talking about,” he tells a US newspaper. But haven’t US stocks been ...

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    Bang on ...

    2008-11-12T00:00:00Z

    Moneysupermarket.com, the price comparison site, this week warns drivers about potential hikes in their motor insurance premiums if they are at fault in a car accident. The site also lists the occupations most likely to have an at-fault accident. Bus conductors are the worst, followed by metallurgists and GPs. But ...

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    Sweet success for ABI

    2008-11-12T00:00:00Z

    The ABI proved it is the bee’s knees at the recent Public Relations Consultants Awards. In the 28th annual awards, which celebrate the best work in public relations and public affairs, the ABI faced stiff competition from the likes of Grayling Global’s National Honey Week campaign (to promote honey, ...

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    Vauxhall vintage

    2008-11-05T00:00:00Z

    And so to the ABI’s annual financial media awards, a highlight in the calendar for insurance journalists and PRs alike. But glammed-up hacks hoping to spend a night swigging Dom Perignon and dancing down Park Lane were to be disappointed. In an apparent nod to the economic downturn, this year’s ...

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    Mo money

    2008-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Reuben Aitchison, Aon’s hitherto goateed PR guru, is growing a moustache (or a “mo”, to use the vernacular). Why this sudden decision to sport retro facial hair? Apparently, it’s to raise money to fight prostate cancer. “Since I grew a goatee for a role in a stage production of Bouncers ...

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    So what’s French for moose, Henri?

    2008-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Maybe pundits should have cut Sarah Palin some slack for believing a porkie from a fake French president. The final weekend of the US election campaign was enlivened by a prank call to the “pitbull with lipstick” from Marc-Antoine Audette, a Canadian comedian, who broadcast their six-minute conversation on a ...

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    Heady Benfield brew

    2008-11-05T00:00:00Z

    Backchat was pleased to see Benfield’s typically quirky touches in its report on trends in the reinsurance market. The report, Capital Consequences – Billion-Dollar Question, published this week, spoke of a “witches’ brew” of events that could cause rates to harden. There was also reference to the “GI force” of ...

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    A ripping tour

    2008-10-30T00:00:00Z

    What a carve up

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    Old rage pensioners rule

    2008-10-30T00:00:00Z

    Grey vandals on the rampage.

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    Night frights

    2008-10-30T00:00:00Z

    Claims go up as ghouls take over.

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    Uplift for broker

    2008-10-30T00:00:00Z

    Drug free heavyweight.

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    Utley and Bond girleil wins a luvvie

    2008-10-30T00:00:00Z

    Insurer boss gets the girl (after Bond)