And who says risk managers aren't sexy? Backchat's compadres at liability giant AIG invited him to its corporate governance seminar last week. One speaker demonstrated his prowess admirably.

First speaker of the day – the morning glory slot – Oxford University business expert Rory Knight was an early riser and wanted to grab attention to wake up delegates .

He recalled the words of a French philosopher who said a man should not speak in public longer than he could sustain the act of love. Dr Knight then launched into a 40-minute speech.

Backchat wondered whether there could be any other explanation for his incredible popularity with the ladies at the after-speech coffee break?