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Antipodean antics

8 January 2014

So, we have all somehow once more survived December, with its plethora of lunches and evening drinks to celebrate Christmas with clients, colleagues, friends and family. I informed my husband at the beginning of the month that it would be faster to tell him when I would be home, rather than when I was on a night out. For some reason he appeared to find that far less amusing than I.

Shortly before the festive season kicked off, I went to the Insurance Institute of Manchester's annual dinner in November, where over 750 people congregated for an evening of dinner, speeches, charity fundraising and music. My firm hosts tables every year, and I have attended previously. Never before was it, however, quite like this.

The institute's current president is a gentlemen named Barry Thompson who runs a local insurance consultancy with his brother. Being something of a character, Mr Thompson brought his top table guests out to the 'Rocky' theme tune. Rather than sit on a ...

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