Boris Johnson, Conservative MP and foppish lothario, is renowned for his erudite writing style in The Spectator, particularly when compared to his often bumbling oral delivery.

Just before Christmas, Boris wrote an interesting missive lauding the end of year's "fantastic season of...awards ceremonies" in said magazine.

Of course Boris makes a mint annually from after-dinner speaking and being the compere at these events. In his piece he kindly made mention of the "annual knees- up of the Reinsurance Brokers" which must have been riotous for him to remember it.

He mentioned that the "hard-pressed trade magazines" which organise many of these beanos make a fortune from "entry fees, table covers and Perspex pyramids sponsored by leading industry names".

On that note, Backchat would just like to remind readers that sponsorship and tables for next year's IT Awards are now available in the foyer.