Any Other Business - 09/07

Wanted: A guardian angel for the Bank of England. At least, that appears to be the ethereal request from a banking report published by the Treasury yesterday. It suggested that governance of the Bank of England was a rather long term commitment, with one section of the document reading: “The Oversight Committee has a clear remit to commission retrospective policy reviews from both internal policymakers and eternal experts.” An oversight indeed.

Harry Potter fans will be raising a glass of butterbeer over the news that Google Maps has added the ficticious Diagon Alley – a row of shops in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books – to Street View. But City workers concerned that Google’s all seeing eyes might rest on them enjoying a lunchtime pint in Diagon Alley’s real life location of Leadenhall Market needn’t worry – the map tours will be firmly based in fiction, showing viewers around the movie set at Warner Bros Studios instead.

There are only two days to go until the annual Standard Chartered Great City race – the most popular run on the Square Mile 5k circuit. Although it sold out in record time this year, there will be many City runners enjoying a pint and proudly wearing their survivor’s t-shirt at the finish line, including the group’s CFO Richard Meddings and European boss Richard Holmes. Also joining the 5,000 City workers pounding the closed-off streets of the Square Mile will be former England cricket captain Mike Gatting and Quins rugby star Nick Evans – not to mention City A.M.’s own all-star team who will be flying the flag for City hacks.