Pembroke: Moving pictures at the Bank

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I AM PLEASED to announce that Lord Kingsdown, the former Governor of the Bank of England, has finally been hung. I refer, of course, to the great man's portrait which was unveiled earlier this month. There has been much shilly-shallying about this picture. Only a fortnight ago Threadneedle Street moles were denying that Lord Halifax, an early supporter of the Bank, was to be relegated to the basement to make way for Eddie George's illustrious predecessor.

'No no,' said the bank. 'We couldn't do that. Lord Halifax was far too important.' Now they have gone and done it. Lord Halifax has been locked away in the vaults pending further decisions, while Lord Kingsdown beams down on his former charges from a prominent spot.

I HEAR that Gerry Robinson, the so-called 'upstart caterer' who runs Granada, has been cracking limp jokes about Charles Allen, his trusty charge at Granada Television. Mr Allen, the TV company's chief executive, has his arm in plaster after breaking his wrist last month. The accident happened on a sailing holiday in Turkey when during a stopover on dry land, Mr Allen slipped on some marble steps going into a bar.

Back in London Mr Robinson has been joking that he is disappointed that Mr Allen injured his left arm rather than his right one, which he uses for signing cheques. 'Gerry was saying it would have helped cash flow,' says one Granada colleague.

THE ROYAL Bank of Scotland was busy unveiling a new pounds 1 banknote yesterday, which commemorates the centenary of the death of Robert Louis Stevenson.

But the plans to honour him did not go as swimmingly as the bank hoped. The Scots fell out with the Royal Mail after Postman Pat refused the bank's request to issue stamps commemorating the author.

The Royal Mail was unrepentant yesterday: 'We receive about 1,000 suggestions a year, but can only issue nine series.' Stevenson was not forgotten, anyway, it added - the Royal Mail included a scene from Treasure Island on a stamp series last February, put the author on an aerogramme in April, and is sponsoring an exhibition about him in Scotland in July. So there.

COMPUTERS are notoriously boring, but some exhibitors at the Networks show in Birmingham are obviously desperate to make themselves appear interesting. For reasons we can only guess at, Unisys has called its stand a restaurant and arranged its display as a series of menus such as the 'Desk top Integration Buffet,' the 'Internetworking Infrastructure Carvery' and the 'Networking Strategy Dining Room'.

ONE COMPANY's problem is another's opportunity. Or at least Davy's Wine Bars must be hoping so. The London chain is taking advantage of the rail strike by offering customers discounts, provided they show their railcards.