For better or worse: 28-year-old wife steals Asil Nadir’s spotlight

NOT much is known about how Polly Peck International founder Asil Nadir spent his 17-year exile in northern Cyprus.

But one thing’s for sure – he wasted no time in wooing his wife Nur, who’s been a constant presence at the Old Bailey this week during her husband’s trial for theft.

According to reports, Asil and Nur met when she joined his Cypriot media company as an intern and just 25 days later he proposed – and promoted her to vice president of the firm.

Though the couple don’t have any children, should Nadir face jail time Nur would be left in charge of their menagerie of pets including five dogs and four parrots – two of whom just so happen to be named Polly and Peck.

CITY stalwart Corney & Barrow is shaking off its staid 80s image by rebranding its bar and restaurant offering. The wine bar chain is repositioning itself to offer traditional bars, cabin bars in train stations and terrace bars that are more restaurant-led. Corney & Barrow, which has 12 branches in the Square Mile, rebranded its Masons Avenue branch near Moorgate last week with a private dining room and extended wine list. It’s out with the stagnant furniture and limited beers on draught, and in with the eclectic cocktail list and leather rocking chairs. Earlier this month its first cabin travel gastro bar pulled into Waterloo station, and C&B is on the lookout for other central stations, as well as more sites for its terrace concept – with rumours that Paternoster Square is next on the hitlist.

GOOGLE may have banked on their former superstar Marissa Mayer maintaining at least a small place in her heart for the internet giant, despite departing to become top dog at Yahoo. Yet it appears that Mayer, who climbed up the ranks to become a vice president at Google, has already become a hard-nosed businesswoman with little time for sentiment. In a snub to Google-favoured Android devices, she is set to give her entire Yahoo fleet a new set of Apple’s iPhones. Despite the considerable cost to Yahoo, the move could help deliver consistency across the firms, as well as boosting morale – an end already achieved by granting Yahoo’s lucky workers free food in the staff canteen.