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BARCAP TRIUMPH IN SQUARE MILE RELAY

THE City&rsquo;s many sporting fanatics were out in force last night at the Bloomberg Square Mile Relay, which saw around 100 teams of ten runners competing over a specially-designed mile-long course.<br /><br />Special mention must go to third-placed West LB, second-placed Legal &amp; General, and Barclays Capital, who broke L&amp;G&rsquo;s two-year winning streak to take this year&rsquo;s title in just 47 minutes 48 seconds.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m very happy,&rdquo; said Stephen Whitehead, the Barcap skipper, chatting to The Capitalist after the race. &ldquo;We have come second to L&amp;G for the last two years and we&rsquo;re delighted to finally beat them&hellip;&rdquo;<br /><br />So they should be, because it&rsquo;s no mean feat &ndash; especially since one of L&amp;G&rsquo;s men, Phil Wicks, was recently chosen to be a member of the Great Britain national half-marathon team. Congratulations to all who took part.<br /><br /><strong>FUNERAL RIGHTS</strong><br />There was an almighty commotion outside the Berkeley Square headquarters of steel giant ArcelorMittal yesterday, as minority shareholders in the firm&rsquo;s Czech subsidiary took to the streets for a mass protest.<br /><br />The minor shareholders&rsquo; claims centre around two low-interest intra-company loans made to the parent company, run by tycoon Lakshmi Mittal. But though they&rsquo;ve got the police investigating the case back in the Czech Republic, yesterday&rsquo;s protest was a little more off-the-wall.<br /><br />The group had a hearse and coffin (complete with body, pictured right) pull up in front of the office, where they proceeded to &ldquo;symbolically bury&rdquo; their shareholder rights (their words, not mine) in full view of the public.<br /><br />And it&rsquo;s not the first time, either &ndash; I&rsquo;m told that last month, they held a protest at the company&rsquo;s EGM by blocking the entrance with rubber chickens and feathers. Full marks for creativity&hellip;<br /><br /><strong>DRAMA KING</strong><br />City folk were astounded on Wednesday night to see one of their own lurking behind actor Michael Brandon in a scene from the BBC&rsquo;s drama about the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Jeff Ross, the managing director of broker dealer Magna Capital, is a part-time actor in his spare time &ndash; and also, as fate would have it, formerly worked at Lehman himself.<br /><br />&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t believe it when my agent called to ask me if I&rsquo;d like to take a part as a banker at the Fed, listening to Hank Paulson talking about the death of Lehman Brothers,&rdquo; Ross told The Capitalist.<br /><br />&ldquo;Twelve years ago, I was working at Lehman Brothers when they dumped me unceremoniously, and I ended up writing a letter to Dick Fuld at the time to complain. It&rsquo;s certainly what you might call ironic&hellip;&rdquo;<br /><br />What goes around comes around, so they say.<br /><br /><strong>GALA SPECIAL</strong><br />And finally, over to a cause close to City AM&rsquo;s heart.<br /><br />The inaugural Ndoro Children&rsquo;s Charities fund-raising gala evening is being held at The Dorchester on 17 September, to raise funds for Zimbabwean orphans. The night will feature music from Destiny&rsquo;s Child&rsquo;s Michelle Williams and ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, as well as a fashion show from 20 top designers. Visit www.ndorocc.org.uk for tickets.