Reg Brown made his presence felt at the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) annual conference in Edinburgh this year. As well as asking more questions from the floor than anyone else, Reg also made a few appearances on the stage.

Brown's finest moment was when he made a plea for cash based on his future earnings. The plea followed a talk about valuing creativity, where the speaker said that David Bowie raised $60m by selling Bowie bonds secured against his future earnings. AXA chief executive Andy Homer suggested Brown should try the same.

With tongue in cheek, Brown agreed and appealed to the audience. Unsurprisingly in the current market, offers of investment have been thin on the ground.