A year of fat cats and takeovers
What do you remember of events during the tenth anniversary year of `The Independent'? Test yourself with our Christmas quiz.
Tuesday 24 December 1996
Why did Alan Greenspan of the US Fed cause offence?; Where did Asda's chief Archie Norman turn up?; Edina and Patsy of the television series `Absolutely Fabulous' were associated with a new arrival on the Exchange; Why did Cedric Brown remain in the spotlight?Which fishing port did Lord Hanson put on the map?With whom was Michael Lawrence at odds?Why was Peter Robinson caught under a cloud?Who cleaned up by selling Sooty to the Japanese?
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
1 How much did Frankie's Seven-Up cost the bookies?
2 A hundred of what units will make up a Euro?
3 Which Scrooge criticised exuberance this party season?
4 How many Deutschmarks could you get to the pound at the start of 1996? (a) 2.22 (b) 2.35 (c) 2.50
5 Who ignored whose advice in January and June but accepted it in March and October?
6 Who had to scrap most of its Budget spread bets and why?
7 Who wants to revert from November to March to avoid a double-whammy?
8 Which City PR man won pounds 20,000 in damages playing Dirty Tricks?
9 Whose special dividend scheme taxed the Chancellor's patience too far?
10 Which fund manager is praying for a stock market crash?
BIDS AND DEALS
1 Which brewer failed to get into bed with a Dane?
2 Which pocket-sized electronics company decided Sugar was not to its taste?
3 The pounds 500m takeover of which high street company was agreed in January but still not completed in December?
4 Whose car parts came together to make a bigger whole?
5 Which two bids for the same company ended in a watery grave?
6 Who got together in a Concert Party?
7 Why did the Sun shine on Royal?
8 Which insurer developed a liking for pets?
9 Who thought it would be alright to merge but then got cross in the Channel?
10 Which two media peers agreed to merge?
1 Whose stock fell out of favour with the Exchange?
2 Who got rid of a Tiny problem and then sold out himself?
3 Which Lord did a four-way split and then said goodbye?
4 Which Sheffield entrepreneur's retail empire is now more Dead than Red?
5 Whose home improvements cost him his job?
6 Who lasted just six months in Coronation Street land?
1 Who made an Ab Fab debut on the Exchange?
2 Which fishing port did Lord Hanson put on the map?
3 Which Britt took a train ride on to the market?
4 Whose Norman conquest took place at Tunbridge Wells?
5 Who got into hot water by deciding to live in Kent, not Yorkshire?
6 Which insolvency practictioner followed a famous father into the Lord Mayor of London's robes?
1 Who had to pay back part of his bonus after a DIY accounting error?
2 Who had a fondness for pickled gherkins and a lady called Sandra?
3 Which "shadow director" failed to show up in court?
4 Who copped it after costing his employers pounds 1.6bn?
5 Who got caught rat trading in Hong Kong?
6 Who came back to Britain and got 5 years for money laundering?
7 Who got off and was then told he didn't have to stand trial again?
1 Who was crowned King of the Fat Cats in a mock coronation ceremony?
2 Which train chief took a ride with Stagecoach and made pounds 36m?
3 Who cleaned up by selling Sooty to the Japanese?
4 Who finally bowed out after having a pig, not a gas, of a time?
5 Who got pounds 5m for changing jobs in the City?
1 Who said: "When I was a small businessman I was quite skilful at stringing along the creditors."?
2 ``Trust must exist in a democratic capitalist society between shareholders and the people who run their company." Whose tearful departing note was this?
3 Who said: "I'll be back" after losing the mother of all takeover battles?
4 Who said: "The buck starts here."?
5 Who said: "If I've made myself too clear you must have misunderstood me."?
SPORT IN THE CITY
1 Which supermarket chief is now charged with restoring English cricket?
2 Which chemicals chief sits on the committee of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club?
3 Which two bidders failed to win the contract to televise the Premier League?
4 Which television mogul saw his takeover approach rebuffed by the Red Devils?
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
1 pounds 30m
3 Alan Greenspan
5 Ken Clarke and Eddie George respectively
6 City Index because of the Budget leak to the Mirror
7 Labour wants to revert to a March Budget
8 Brian Basham
10 Tony Dye of PDFM
BIDS AND DEALS
3 Lloyds Chemists
4 Lucas and Varity
5 The Severn Trent and Wessex Water bids for South West Water
6 BT and MCI
7 Sun Alliance and Royal Insurance merged
8 Cornhill which bought PetPlan
9 P&O and Stena
10 Lords Hollick (MAI) and Stevens (United)
1 Michael Lawrence, sacked as chief executive of the Stock Exchange
2 Dieter Bock, who won control of Lonrho from Tiny Rowland and then sold his 18.5 per cent stake to Anglo American
4 Stephen Hinchliffe whose Facia group was wound up
5 Peter Robinson, sacked as chief executive of the Woolwich
6 Duncan Lewis, who quit as chief executive of Granada Media Group
1 Harvey Nichols, the department store beloved of Edina and Patsy in the television series `Absolutely Fabulous'
2 Grimsby, named as headquarters of Hanson's demerged Millennium Chemicals
3 Britt Allcroft, owner of the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine
4 Asda chairman Archie Norman, selected as prospective Conservative candidate for the said constituency
5 Brandon Gough, the new chairman of Yorkshire Water
6 Roger Cork, son of Kenneth Cork
1 Henry Sweetbaum, former chairman of Wickes
2 Peter Young, disgraced Morgan Grenfell fund manager
3 Roger Levitt
4 Yasuo Hamanaka, charged over the Sumitomo copper affair
5 Colin Armstrong of Jardine Fleming
6 Elizabeth Forsyth, former personal assistant to Asil Nadir
7 Kevin Maxwell
1 Sir Desmond Pitcher, chairman of United Utilities
2 Sandy Anderson, managing director of Porterbrook Leasing, bought for pounds 825m by Stagecoach
3 Matthew Corbett, son of Harry, who sold out to Guinness Mahon, a subsidiary of the bank of Yokohama
4 Cedric Brown, chief executive of British Gas
5 Bill Harrison, who left Flemings to become chief executive of BZW
1 Michael Heseltine
2 Lord Weinstock of GEC
3 Sir Rocco Forte
4 Alan Greenspan
5 Alan Greenspan (again)
SPORT IN THE CITY
1 Lord MacLaurin, chairman of Tesco and the Test and County Cricket Board
2 Sir Ronnie Hampel, chairman of ICI
3 United News and Media and Mirror Group/ Carlton consortium
4 Channel Four's Michael Grade who is also chairman of the video group VCI
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- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
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