Pembroke: Dark deeds surface in the oil battle

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Dastardly goings-on in the Enterprise-Lasmo takeover bid, where an envelope has been doing the rounds in the City. The package, which has been sent anonymously to City institutions, contains comments made by Lasmo chief Rudolph Agnew over the years. I understand the comments are presented in a way that makes the silver-haired Mr Agnew look rather silly.

Lasmo's advisers are desperate to get their hands on a copy, as is Mr Agnew. Keen to discover just how badly he has been sent up, he has written to Enteprise Oil's advisers S G Warburg asking to be included on the mailing list. Strangely, he has yet to receive a reply.

An intruiging tete-a-tete over breakfast at the Savoy yesterday morning. David Burnside, the former British Airways public affairs director, was tucking into the croissants and coffee. But who was with him?

None other than Ernest Saunders, the former Guinness chief who has made a spectacular recovery from Alzheimer's disease. Mr Saunders looked quite chipper and the pair were chatting animatedly. What about, I wonder?

One of the grand old names of luxury yachting has cruised serenely into a financial iceberg. Camper & Nicholson, which has been building opulent yachts at its Gosport yard since 1782, has glugged into administration and called in Coopers & Lybrand.

Campers, which has built opulent yachts for clients that include foreign potentates and former helicopter chief Alan Bristow, was holed below the water line by unpaid bills of pounds 720,000.

'We have a bright future and there's no way we want to go into receivership, so we hope the creditors will back us,' says managing director Bob Harper.

The arrest of O J Simpson, the former American football star, for the alleged murder of his ex-wife, has caused a marketing headache for more than one company. Though O J was well known for his Hertz car rental adverts, he also lent his name to Juice- Plus, a health pill launched in Britain in April.

National Safety Associates, a network selling organisation, used 'The Juice', as O J is also called, for videos and promotional literature in America.

The endorsement agreement, only signed six months ago, looks doomed. 'I don't know the terms of the contract,' NSA said. 'But I imagine he (O J) has not lived up to them.'

The team of leisure analysts at NatWest Markets was quick off the mark yesterday. Within hours of George Michael's High Court defeat at the hands of his record company Sony, NatWest bashed out a musical note on Thorn-EMI.

Stringing together a number of the sultry singer's hits, it began: 'A Careless Whisper by George Michael last Christmas, overheard at the Club Tropicana . . .'

Geof 'Young Gun' Collyer, the analyst who dreamt up the script, says he is not over-familiar with the singer's material. But he did display a remarkable knowledge of songs from Wham's early 'Majorca-pop' phase. 'I might have a few of his records,' he mumbled

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