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The Hall of Fame


No yellow win for Yuan Mortgage Introducer does all it can to cut down


on its carbon footprint but it seems MI star reporter Yuan Phoon took it a step too far in late-January. The Mighty Yuan was late for a tour of London-based brokerage Coreco and, doing his best Lance Armstrong im- pression, duly jumped on a Boris Bike to take him from his home in China Town through the heart of the City to the fi rm’s Hounsditch HQ.


After an hour and a half of avoid- ing the fate of being mowed down by the Pirellis of double-deckers our man Yuan arrived all fl ustered, sweating and dazed in the middle of an internal Coreco staff meeting.


“He bumped into a few brokers on his way in and was sweating like a waterfall,” a rather bemused Andrew Montlake told the HoF. “He seemed so


dazed and confused. It was quite funny and at the same time so pitiable. He’d never win the yellow jersey.” “I arrived confused, exhausted and severely embarrassed,” a distraught Phoon confessed to MI editor Sarah Davidson. “I’ve never had such an overwhelming urge to leave a room out of shame so quickly after entering and saying vir- tually no words.” Shame on you Yuan. Shame. On. You.


Ready, Steady, Drink!


The Barclays press offi ce treated the trade press to an evening out with a twist in January. Rath- er than wine and dine the trades, austere times have hit Barclays hard to the point where they got their guests to cook their own meals at a Cook and Dine event. Mortgage Introducer sent the Mighty Yuan Phoon after he proclaimed he had “mad culinary skills”. Of course the plucky reporter has made many bold claims over his broad talent tree with varying degrees of suc- cess, resulting in appearances in four of the past fi ve HoFs. While Barclays media relations offi cer Joanne


Lewis swept through the wine tasting challenge (spit bucket deemed unnecessary by the pow- er drinking Welshwoman), it was the might of Yuan Phoon, Barclays press offi cer Emma Aus- tin, head of national accounts Sarah Green and head of mortgage products Laoiseach Lynch who claimed the top spot for cooking prowess!


50 MORTGAGE INTRODUCER FEBRUARY 2012


Pritchard escapes Mortgage legend Terry Pritchard has never been one to take a gamble and now the HoF hears another tale of resound- ing financial acumen concerning the famous Family Guy lookalike. Back in 2010 Pritchard was behind an audacious bid to buy Portsmouth FC with MTV reality star Tom Lever.


Looking back it seems


Pritchard dodged a bullet (again) after the club was issued with a winding up petition by HM Revenue and Customs over unpaid tax last month. “Terry can always smell a rat,” one source told the HoF. “He’s never been one to be led up the gar- den path or to lead others for that matter. Now it seems he gave Tom the best advice not to go ahead with the deal.” El Tel, the HoF salutes


you.


Carr’s Deadlines Protection gnu and Mortgage


Introducer columnist Kevin Carr enters the Hall of Fame this month for bravely sending us a flyer of his indie rock cover band consisting of members of the financial services industry.


Front man of the troupe is Richard


Winder, head of communications from Handelsbanken, on vocals and guitar. On the bass is former hack Phil Scott, now senior media relations manager from HSBC asset management UK. On drums is Linda Winder, senior relations manager at LV= while Carr himself takes to the keyboard. Thedeadlines facebook page says the band’s interests include: Alcohol, curry, public relations and cats. With their first gig confirmed for March 9 at London’s infamous Slaughtered Lamb, regular haunt of Masterchef’s John Torode and Greg Wallace amongst others, the motley crew will be belting out beats covering The Killers, Radiohead, Pulp, The Jam, The Cure and a whole host more. Check out www.theslaughteredlambpub.com for venue details. The HoF wishes them the best of luck.


Where can you take MI? Where can you take your copy of


Mortgage Introducer?


Get yourself pictured with your number one mortgage magazine in a strange, bizarre or exotic location and you could stand a chance of winning a bottle of champagne courtesy of Masthaven Bridging Finance. Email your entries to:


robyn@mortgageintroducer.com


Broker Scott Brown shows what a “dead good” read Mortgage Introducer is, checking out the January issue with John Bunyan!


Congratulations to Jane Raftree


who will shortly


receive £50 of John Lewis vouchers courtesy of Kensington.


www.mortgageintroducer.com


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