The other King
WHEN bond managers reference the King, one might reasonably assume it is Mervyn, now Lord King of Lothbury, the former Bank of England governor, who is their inspiration.
But not so with Jim Leaviss, head of retail fixed interest at Prudential's funds arm M&G. He entitled his latest note for investors, which was rather critical of new Bank governor Mark Carney, "A little less conversation and a little more action", in a nod to the other King, Elvis.
Lawyers in lycra
THE head of HBJ Gateley's new banking and finance department was startled to witness how dedicated staff in the law firm's Edinburgh office were to keeping fit when he joined in 2008.
Graeme Henry said he felt out of place arriving for work with a bacon roll and a coffee. "I have never been anywhere so fit!" he recalled. "The amount of lycra ..!"
In spite of the initial shock, The Bottom Line understands the good habits have rubbed off on Mr Henry, who is a convert to the keep-fit cause.
IT is sometimes surprising to hear the extent companies will go to maintain consistency in their corporate image.
John Denholm, chief executive of Glasgow-based J&J Denholm, was proudly showing The Bottom Line a picture of the company's new quarters for its oilfield services staff in Kazakhstan when he pointed out that the buildings were painted "Denholm Blue".
The Bottom Line salutes such steadfast commitment to the corporate message.
HEBRIDEAN accents can be difficult for lowlanders to trace, it seems.
Redefine BDL Hotels boss Stewart Campbell, who hails from Stornoway, recalls one former colleague having particular trouble when they worked together at accountants PwC.
"A lot of people in Glasgow ask me which part of Ireland I am from," Mr Campbell reveals. "When I joined PwC a guy I worked with thought I was Welsh for the first six months!"
TAKING your phone on holiday allows everyone to keep in touch, as The Bottom Line's financial reporter found out while in Cornwall.
On the first night, he received a text at 4.10am offering a speedy loan of £1000 delivered to his bank account within 15 minutes. Two days later came the promise of £2612 in compensation for his "recent accident", while the next day he was told his pension had "lost £3219.67 over the last few years" and he should apply for a review immediately to get it back.
Sadly, the only possible reply has four digits - 7726 to report nuisance messages.
YOU have to take the rough with the smooth when you are a globe-trotting interior designer.
Mark Brunjes, owner of Glasgow-based CM Design Consultants, has revealed on Twitter that work had begun on Brewdog's new bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Having designed bars for the brewer in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Mr Brunjes will no doubt be looking forward to working with the sun on his back for a change.