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Tallia Storm joined her mother Tessa Hartmann at ring launch. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Tallia Storm joined her mother Tessa Hartmann at ring launch. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Bank boss Graham Storrie arrived with his left arm in a sling for the opening night of Scottish Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet in Edinburgh last week.

However, it was not a result of an accident while practising his demi-plie. Storrie, managing director of private bank Adam & Co, was hosting a corporate party at the Festival Theatre and explained that he had torn a ligament in his shoulder while out mountain biking on the Pentland Hills the previous weekend.

“I expect it to be like this for about eight weeks,” he groaned and not looking too optimistic.

That’s almost twice as long (five weeks) as it took the dancers to rehearse the latest production.

Owen Thorne, an American who played Capulet, told guests after the show that he had once continued to perform while suffering a bad ankle injury. A lesson in endurance for the softies in the audience.

Fenton’s TSB switch

David Fenton, senior economist at Royal Bank of Scotland has been hired as chief economist by TSB bank ahead of its imminent flotation.

Fenton, the son of Gordon Fenton, a former community affairs manager at RBS, has been working at the bank since 2002, initially as an economist before taking up his current role..

Pandora’s box

Models, aspiring actors and media folk gathered at jewellery store Pandora in Multrees Walk, Edinburgh, last week for the launch of the MyRingsMyStyle campaign which spilled over into Valvona & Crolla cafe across the way.

In attendance was fashion guru Tessa Hartmann and her 15-year-old daughter and singer Tallia Storm. Tallia once booked a gig with Sir Elton John after cheekily passing her details to his partner David Furnish, proving that persistence pays off.

Sadly, Tallia was not lined up to sing last week, but BBC Radio One presenter Jameela Jamil was on hand to present rings to competition entrants and give the launch some added glamour.

Symon has key role

Better Together campaign has hired former business journalist Ken Symon to head up its business engagement programme. Symon, a former business editor at The Scotsman, who now runs Glasgow-based Symon Media, will be supported by fellow hack Jim Innes who joins the communications team.

Innes’s career has included the West Highland Free Press and Radio Forth, and he was part of the Labour media team for the 1997 devolution referendum campaign and the first elections to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

Their recruitment coincides with an advertising campaign to promote the union backed by 2.3 million leaflets and 300,000 letters being sent to female swing voters

Better Together Campaign Director Blair McDougall said: “Ken will work with the many employers who have said that being part of the UK sustains the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Scots.”

 

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