Pembroke: Directors Abroad

WHERE DO you go on your hols when you run one of the biggest package holiday companies in Britain? Not to one of your own sun and sangria destinations, it seems. Directors of Airtours, the travel group, which announced its half-year results yesterday, prefer more exotic climes.

Chairman David Crossland, who looked his usual pale self yesterday, took three weeks in Australia to recharge his batteries after his bid to buy the rival Owners Abroad failed in March.

Harry Coe, finance director, jetted off for a 10-day ski break in Colorado at the same time. Meanwhile, ever-tanned managing director Hugh Collinson held off until June for a fortnight in the Caribbean so he could out-bronze the others at yesterday's results meeting.

ANOTHER little barrier falls in Japan. Reuters, the news agency, was yesterday granted membership of one of Japan's exclusive press clubs. Such clubs are usually off-limits to foreign scribes, who are barred from the whisperings of the government lobby. Reuters has been given the nod for the government's economic planning agency so it will be able to listen in on the authorities' plans for Japan's dastardly trade surplus.

AN UNSEEMLY kerfuffle is breaking out in the usually sombre world of tax books.

August sees the publication of the J Rothschild Assurance Tax Guide (don't fall asleep) penned by one Walter Sinclair. Those of a fiscal persuasion will recall it was Mr Sinclair who, for the past 22 years, penned that worldwide bestseller, the Allied Dunbar Tax Handbook.

Unhappily, the Rothschild tome will not arrive on the bookshelves (specialist section) until August, leaving the field clear for Allied Dunbar's rising star, Tony Foreman, a tax expert of Pannel Kerr Forster. Sir Mark Weinberg, who founded Allied Dunbar before leaving to form J Rothschild Assurance in 1992, is adamant. 'Mr Sinclair approached us.'

ROBIN LEIGH PEMBERTON, Governor of the Bank of England, had his enjoyment of Wimbledon marred yesterday. As he disembarked from his Rolls-Royce, an over-eager policeman urged the Leigh Pemberton chauffeur to move on because of the imminent arival of the Duke of Kent.

The chauffeur promptly glided over the Governor's toe.

'Everybody was laughing but Mr Leigh Pemberton clearly did not see the funny side of the accident,' a security guard said.

To add to the indignity, the Governor, accompanied by his wife Rosemary, was then forced to hobble into the Royal Box to watch the tennis with the Duke.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in