Our picture shows David Jones, the bright-eyed Brummie who runs the Sharelink share trading business, skilfully manoeuvring a mechanical digger around his back garden. Mr Jones, who was last week photographed wearing a wetsuit and holding a surf board on Tower Bridge, is clearly game for a laugh. After his wrangles with the Stock Exchange over his Internet share- dealing system (hence the "surf the Net" picture), he invited fellow directors to his house in Gloucestershire at the weekend to unwind with some fun and games.

This included "time trials", where board members had to pick up boulders using Jones' machines. The female board members apparently proved the most adept.

The weekend was completed by a gratuitous assault on a box of miniature red phones, as featured in the Direct Line insurance advertising. The jingle so infuriates Jones that he bought 100 of the models and used them as targets in a clay pigeon shoot. Sadly the phones are not as easy to destroy as many might hope. One guest said: "They were virtually indestructible." The models cost pounds 3 each and the money goes to a Cliff Richard charity that teaches inner city children to play tennis.

CISCO, the City lobbying group that assists smaller companies, has appointed a new chairman in Neil Austin. Mr Austin, who is head of new issues at accountants KPMG, has handled more than 20 flotations, including MFI. He also represented the Sultan of Brunei in his purchase of the Dorchester Hotel. The hotel's chef at the time was Anton Mosimann, and Mr Austin, a keen cook himself, must have been impressed. For his 40th birthday his wife's present was a day learning the culinary crafts at Mr Mosimann's London restaurant.

City Index, the spread betting agency that has tempted many a City trader into man an ill- advised punt, is looking to extend its interests to Australia. Jonathan Sparke, the lanky managing director who runs the sho, has left for Sydney, where he will spend three weeks tying up a deal.

Michael Spencer, chairman of Intercapital, the money broker that owns a majority stake in City Index, said: "There has been a steady shift in our business towards sport over the last year. It's now almost equal to the financial side."

Bernard Weatherill, the Savile Row tailor which is part owned by the former speaker of the House of Commons, has pulled off a coup. It has signed up Peter Johnston, a young Scottish designer who caused a rumpus earlier this year over his suits for the next James Bond film. When working for Italian clothes designer Brioni last year, he co-ordinated a range for Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, due for release later this year. Tweedy Brits were outraged that 007 should contemplate baggy Italian suits instead of the more traditionally cut Savile Row numbers. Mr Johnstone - whose MA thesis at the Royal College of Art was enigmatically entitled What is a Gentleman? - has now returned to the fold.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisors are r...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: SThree were established in 1986....

Recruitment Genius: Compliance Manager

£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Compliance Manager is require...

SThree: Talent Acquisition Consultant

£22500 - £27000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: Since our inception in 1986, STh...

Day In a Page

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map