Pembroke: Pretty Polly

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We've had the jewellery and the art. Now fashion victims with horizontally challenged wallets are being offered the chance to buy Asil Nadir's clothes. The threads, including 150 suits, 300 shirts, 480 silk ties, dozens of shoes and assorted cuff-links and tie clips, by designers such as Bijan of Beverly Hills, are to be sold by sealed bid next month by the London auctioneers Edward Symmons, acting on behalf of the joint trustees in bankruptcy.

The collection may be viewed on 7 August. Alas buyers will not be able to try the gear on, and Symmons won't say what size the tycoon wore. We're guessing at a 40in chest, a 34in waist and a 32in inside leg, but don't hold us to it.

Demos, the 'radical' think-tank launched earlier this year, has come up with a simple suggestion for gingering up the world of commerce. According to a booklet titled Transforming the Dinosaurs, any top businessman who has been in his job for more than 20 years should resign immediately. On that basis, it's farewell then to Lords Hanson and Weinstock, among others.

Many 'have been in their jobs for decades and have lost most of the attributes which might have made them good leaders in the first place,' Demos declaims.

Academia also deserves a shake-up, according to the booklet's author, Sir Douglas Hague, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher's cabinet. 'One or two Oxbridge colleges should be closed each year and allowed to restart after three years on the understanding that no one who ever taught in the university could join the resurrected college,' says Professor Hague, a fellow of Templeton College, Oxford.

A case of egg on face yesterday after a BBC Business Breakfast survey confidently pronounced that 'there is unanimous agreement amongst analysts and economists throughout Germany, France and the UK that German interest rates will be cut today'.

More on Rover the Guide Dog, BZW's specialist stores sector analyst, who sniffs out information on complicated balance sheets. BZW admits that the idea was invented by Andrew Fowler, a former colleague now a food analyst at UBS. Mr Fowler, by the way, is incapacitated at the moment, having broken both arms in a bizarre wallpapering accident shortly before his honeymoon.

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