Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patterson Prepares to Be Taken Away to India; @City_Spy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Patterson Prepares to Be Taken Away to India; @City_Spy

Article excerpt

TOUSLED-HAIRED charmer Gavin Patterson, a man who was always too good looking to be a chief executive, has hung up on BT after five stressful years. A holiday surely is due, a chance to find himself. So he's off to India, he tells Spy. "I'm going to take some time to breathe. Recharge the batteries." And after that? "I'm genuinely not making any quick decisions on this. I'm only 51 and hoping to work for another 20 years." Another 20 years? What's wrong with these people? SPY hears that Grade I-listed Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, the former home to two Prime Ministers where Queen Victoria, and Mrs Wallis Simpson had romantic liaisons, is being inundated with Valentine's Day bookings from a bunch of City boys. Guests are urged to confine any passion to their luxurious bedrooms and not follow the example of a famous former resident by attempting liaisons in the billiard room. The rumour goes that the amorous Prime Minister Lord Palmerston was snookered at Brocket in 1865 when he enticed one of his housemaids on to the billiard table for a romantic match but died in the act.

THAMES Water chief Steve Robertson is cut to the quick at regulator Ofwat's forthright rejection of his five-year investment plan proposal. He tells Spy: "A part of me feels like a new father who has what he thinks is a bonnie baby and he takes it to the beautiful baby contest and you're told she's ugly."

MORE on babies: we hear that congratulations are in order for Sports Direct's "head of elevation" Michael Murray, who has just had a baby boy with his wife-to-be Anna, together right, also called Michael. So apparently Michael Murray has a father called Michael, a prospective father-in-law called Mike (Ashley) and a son called Michael. This family certainly takes the Michael.

WHAT'S the betting that Grosvenor Casinos-owner Rank could be back on the acquisition trail before long? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.