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Choir in tune

Choir in tune

SINGERS busking on the pavement outside St Martins le Grand church in London on Tuesday were actually the chamber choir of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, which was celebrating its first sponsorship.

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The backers are Julius Baer, the renowned Swiss private bank, whose clients are no doubt much focused on the new regime for cashing in pensions. No wonder the choir chose to spice its more traditional repertoire with The Beatles classic When I'm 64.

Ace in the pack

Best Wimbledon-themed gag this week came from Chris Heaton-Harris, Conservative MP for Daventry, Northamptonshire.

Tweeting on the day the 2014 championship began at SW19, Mr Heaton-Harris said: "I took an ex-girlfriend to Wimbledon once. She hated it. It rained pretty much the whole time and Vinnie Jones got sent off."

The legend of the Crazy Gang clearly lives on.

Big buzz

ABERDEEN Asset Management boss Martin Gilbert, pictured, was spotted fleetingly at the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) annual bash in the City last week. But more in evidence was Edinburgh fund manager and new AIC board member Harry Morgan, who kept well under his hat his move to Anderson Strathearn announced the next day.

The big buzz was around Ian Fraser's Shredded, the inside story of RBS's downfall, being launched by publisher Birlinn in Edinburgh tonight.

Mr Morgan says Fred Goodwin stories are so well-used in the capital they've been coined a "Franecdote".

Teething trouble

CAN nobody take a break from the football? Hot off the wire yesterday was the latest bulletin from national law firm Irwin Mitchell asking whether Luis Suarez could be sued by Liverpool for breach of contract.

Glenn Hayes, employment law partner, said: "The general position is that Suarez's behaviour in the work environment would usually represent gross misconduct (given that it could be classified as an assault) and would usually result in the dismissal of an employee in most circumstances."

Or as Alan Shearer put it on BBC, three bites and you're out.

On your bike

STAFF from Baker Tilly are getting on their bikes this week to raise £10,000 for Anthony Nolan and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

The 660-mile Tour de Baker Tilly, which is running this week from London to Leeds via Scotland, will see 300 riders call in at the firm's 23 offices around the country.

About 20 staff in Scotland will take part in a 60-mile leg today, starting at Baker Tilly's office in Glasgow and taking in its premises in Grangemouth before finishing at its Edinburgh headquarters. The ride is being timed to finish the day before le Grand Départ, the start of the Tour de France on July 5.

Baker Tilly's Alan Aitchison, who is leading the team on the Scottish leg, said: "The inaugural Tour de Baker Tilly is an ambitious challenge, but I'm delighted with the reaction we've had from staff and local businesses who are giving up their time for two fantastic causes."

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