Friday, 28 June 2013

Weekly Wrap Up: Hold the front page chaps, Osborne’s eating a burger!

This week George Osborne ate a burger. He decided to tweet this fact with a photograph, presumably to portray himself as a ‘man of the people’. However Twitter did what Twitter does best and after a few minutes of crowd-sourced research, said burger had been identified not as some burger the common man might eat but an expensive one bought from posh burger chain Byron. Yes, we now have ‘burgergate’ and it made the front page of The Sun.

Apart from giving Byron Burger some excellent free publicity - so much so that their website went down under the pressure, it also meant that George Osborne, rather than talking about his latest spending review, had to spend the majority of interviews talking about the incident. Maybe this whole event was concocted by Osborne to side step from the issue of £11.5bn more cuts?

The antics of Tory MPs on Twitter didn’t end at burger photos. Osborne, in his speech joked that overweight Cabinet Minister Eric Pickles was “the model of lean government”. This prompted Pickles to poke fun at Osborne by tweeting a similar picture of himself eating a salad. Osborne replied, “Nice one Eric”. Oh, those MPs do have a lot of fun.

Abchaps were busy this week hosting a cred swap with Deloitte; and attending some great events including CIPR Summer Party hosted by Olswang, LSE Summer Advisor drinks, The Summer Shell Seminar, a day in the open air for the Ramster Charity Clay Day and the M&A Awards dinner where our client Camkids was nominated for AIM IPO of the Year. The creative team also attended Marketing Week Live, where we were treated to some insightful videos and presentations by Barclays that only their employees are allowed to see.

Law firm Pinsent Masons has hired David Doogan as Head of Banking in its Birmingham office, who joins from SGH Martineau. Lyceum Capital, the Private Equity firm, expanded its investment team by hiring Matthew Norrington (Investment Director) and Thomas Alldred (Investment Executive), while Gordon Warnke joined Linklaters as Global Head of Tax.

Pepperazzi - A foodie who obsessively insists on snapping photos of everything they eat and of every other dish at the table, to then share on Instagram, Pinterest and other social media sites. Pepperazzos - please refrain from taking advantage of Instagram's new video function!

The City of London Festival arrived in our backyard this week. It offers a summer programme of music, visual arts, film, walks and talks. Starting the 23rd June it ends 26th July. Location - St Paul’s.

 Lowryand the Painting of Modern Life’ exhibition opened at the Tate Britain on Wednesday. It's the first of its kind to be held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death. It focuses on the best of Lowry’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes.

Masterpiece London Fair at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea opened yesterday and ends 3rd July. It brings together collectors, exhibitors and curators from around the world for an unparalleled show of fine art, antiques and design.

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