CITY DIARY

Spectators at the Body Shop's results at NatWest's imposing Broadgate headquarters were treated to an even more Absolutely Fabulous performance than usual. Anita Roddick swept in wearing a flowery forest-green linen number like some real-life Edina accompanied by Jilly Forest, the glamorous marketing manager, in an attractive silk outfit. She spoke in an ethereal manner about her plans for a Body Shop radio station, a mobile Body Shop and door-to-door sales in Mexico. Then she swept out again to catch the plane to America to revitalise flagging sales there. The audience was left bemused but strangely impressed.

City Index, the spread betting company, is offering bets on the elections in Britain, France and America. The US presidential election bets are promoted with the phrase: "Will Clinton like the size of his poll?" The number of seats the Tories are predicted to win is too depressing to repeat.

Miko Giedroye, the former head of European equity research at Warburgs who yesterday jumped ship to Deutsche Bank, is known for more than just penetrative analysis and highly academic research. Regulars at London's jazz clubs will have spotted him playing with his characteristically intense style on a piano. "He was recently tempted by an offer to play at Raffles in Singapore but turned them down," said one Warburgs employee. "Now we know why."

Richard Heley, the former Hill Samuel corporate financier who has put together some of the largest mergers and reconstructions in the country, is set to move to Charterhouse. In the last five years he has helped with the reconstruction of Brent Walker, William Hill, Isosceles, Control Secturies (now Ascot Holdings) and Simon Engineering. He remembers one particularly torrid negotiation with George Walker at the Trocadero. The former boxer tried to starve the bankers into submission during one all-night session by secretly scoffing fish and chips while they were locked in another room. "We proved equal to the challenge," the workaholic tells me proudly.

The Government faces a mean opponent in its row with insolvency practitioners with the appointment yesterday of Colin Bird, senior corporate recovery partner at Price Waterhouse, to the position of president of the Practitioners of Insolvency. Mr Bird is a veteran of cases such as Slater Walker, Johnson Matthey Bank and, most famously, Maxwell Communications. He is now concentrating on insurance matters surrounding Lloyd's but will not be distracted in his campaign to have the Paramount decision, which will cost insolvency practitioners dearly, reversed as soon as possible.

Anyone with a gripe about the size of lawyers' fees will be satisfied to learn that the radicals at the Oxford University Union have decided to debate whether the British judicial system offers access to justice. Those attacking the establishment will include David McIntosh, senior partner at Davies Arnold Cooper, the City legal practice, who has generated many column inches by campaigning against legal costs, particularly expenses, and in favour of no win, no fee. Others on the platform with him will include Paul Boateng, the Brent MP, and Helena Kennedy, who might make a Shadow solicitor-general. Fighting McIntosh's team will be John Taylor, the Tory MP from the Lord Chancellor's office, and Sir Derek Spencer, the solicitor-general.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
News
Legendary blues and rock singer Joe Cocker has died of lung cancer, his management team as confirmed. He was 70
people70-year-old was most famous for 'You are So Beautiful'
News
people
Sport
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
footballLatest score and Twitter updates
Arts and Entertainment
David Hasselhof in Peter Pan
The US stars who've taken to UK panto, from Hasselhoff to Hall
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Life and Style
Approaching sale shopping in a smart way means that you’ll get the most out of your money
life + styleSales shopping tips and tricks from the experts
News
newsIt was due to be auctioned off for charity
Life and Style
A still from a scene cut from The Interview showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's death.
tech
Environment
Sir David Attenborough
environment... as well as a plant and a spider
Voices
'That's the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!'
voicesThe fight for marriage equality isn't over yet, says Siobhan Fenton
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

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

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

The Jenrick Group: Night Shift Operations Manager

£43500 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: Night Shift Operatio...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant - LONDON

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000 + Car + Pension: SThree: SThree are a ...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K: SThree: We consistently strive to be the...

SThree: Graduate Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35000: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250 b...

Day In a Page

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'