It has been a grand week for Patrick Snowball, who has been elevated to head Aviva's world general insurance business, but Backchat hears celebrations were dampened by the absence of Snowball's and broker business director Ken Wallace's secretary Catherine Anderson.

It seems that Anderson was ordered into quarantine because of the SARS scare for a week, after returning from a trip with husband Phil of Towry Law. It remains unclear who exactly has been keeping the two bosses on schedule during her absence. ...and part two

Was it really Aviva's Patrick Snowball who was spotted dining with RAC boss Sir Trevor Chinn?

Backchat is sure AXA would like to find out, as AXA is the motoring organisation's insurance partner.