Airborne storm in a lipstick colour

AIRLINES have got enough to worry about – rising fuel costs, budget rivals, unpronounceable volcanic ash clouds – without facing down a storm over what colour lipstick their staff are allowed to wear.

Turkish Airlines has executed a U-turn on plans to ban its flight attendants from wearing bright lipstick and nail varnish, after an online outcry from those who fear Turkey is losing its secular outlook.

Chief exec Dr Temel Kotil said the controversy began with some over-keen “low level managers” who drafted the rules, but confirmed to The Capitalist that staff are free to daub their extremities with any colour lacquer they choose. “We are a global airline and we know what we are doing,” he said. “We want to be a nice, neat airline,” he added.

Lipstick-gate was not the only uniform row to hit the transport sector this week. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains had a very different problem when female staff complained their red blouses were too revealing. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t, it seems.

■ Eighteen firms from the likes of JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Hogan Lovells, Freshfields and Norton Rose battled it out in the final of the City League this week. Wednesday evening was the culmination of a hard fought rugby season for City rugby boys. The game saw 2010 champions Lloyd’s of London take on the Media Nomads for the trophy, with our insurers securing a strong 49-12 win. And perhaps it was no surprise, given that two of the brokers happened to be the former Saracens player Kris Chesney and Bristol Shogun Duncan Hayward.