Business Diary: Barclays hit by drunken email

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Yet another harsh lesson in the perils of returning to the office after a night out: a female member of staff at Barclays Capital is off work after sending a late-night email to hundreds of colleagues accusing one of them of "sleeping his way around all of the secretaries". The email, which naturally ended up on the internet, even accused the chap in question of giving a friend a sexually transmitted disease.



British bailout for Greek data

Good news for Greece, which is keen to beef up the quality of its economic statistics – which people tend not to believe – in order to convince the world it is serious about getting on top of its debt. Of the four new members appointed to the Hellenic Statistics Authority yesterday, two are UK-educated. Nikolaos Logothetis and Zoe Georganta boast PhDs from the universities of Nottingham and Leeds respectively. With the UK's reputation for statistical rigour – GDP figures delayed this week due to fears about accuracy, anyone? – things are looking up for our Mediterranean friends.



Lloyds executive stands down

So farewell Shane O'Riordain, the public-relations impressario at Lloyds Banking Group, who revealed yesterday that he's quitting his job. O'Riordain has been one of the credit crisis's great survivors, getting the top PR job at Lloyds despite joining it from HBOS as part of the emergency rescue takeover. But what the crunch couldn't manage, O'Riordain has achieved on his own, doing himself out of a job by restructuring his department at the bank.



Lewis set to take on the City boys

Planning on running the Standard Chartered Great City Race in a couple of weeks' time? Best step up the training. The charity event's organisers announced yesterday that they've snapped up Denise Lewis, our Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete, as the "race day ambassador". She's going to show up all those ultra-competitive City boys who think they're God's gift.

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