Beer, oysters and rugby chat

TO the refined setting of the Mansion House for the Guinness and Oyster Luncheon yesterday.

The annual boozy lunch, which raises funds for the Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, is now in its 47th year and firmly penned into all City social calendars worth their salt – or, perhaps more appropriately, vinegar or tabasco.

Encouraging his house guests to embrace the Guinness side of the tradition was the new Lord Mayor, a man of few but philosophical words: “Plato said he was a wise man who invented beer, after all”.

Besides persuading The Capitalist to down a slippery oyster, former England rugby captain and Oracle business development manager Martin Corry entertained the humbled masses with his token party World Cup glory stories: “45 minutes playing, a night on the piss with Jason ‘The Fun Bus’ Leonard, and they awarded me an MBE for that!”