FORGET Simon Cowell&rsquo;s star-studded 50th birthday bash &ndash; this weekend will see the party of the City&rsquo;s year when Carphone Warehouse tycoon Charles Dunstone finally ties the knot with PR executive Celia Gordon Shute.<br /><br />Dunstone &ndash; who recently enjoyed an impressive motoring-themed stag do split between the Goodwood estate and on the Isle of Wight &ndash; is keeping tight-lipped about the couple&rsquo;s big day on Saturday, to avoid being pestered by pesky paps at the nuptials. But I hear there&rsquo;ll be many a swish surprise in store for his high-profile guests &ndash; including M&amp;S supremo Sir Stuart Rose, Credit Suisse banker Russell Chambers and even, reputedly, an ex-prime minister. Ooh-er.<br /><br />The Capitalist is predicting a giant wedding cake in the shape of Dunstone&rsquo;s beloved sailing yacht, Rio, though he will hopefully steer clear of Cowell-esque monogrammed bread rolls&hellip;<br /><br /><strong>PSYCHO SPEAK</strong><br />Boris Johnson may have been confidently waxing lyrical on the virtues of bankers at the Tory party conference yesterday, but elsewhere, he&rsquo;s been stripping himself bare. Not literally, you understand; we&rsquo;re talking about an interview with Tatler magazine, in which Boris seems to be coming over all philosophical for a change.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a tender, quivering mollusc of apprehension and nerves, like all human beings,&rdquo; he told them. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re all poor, frail pathetic egos&hellip;&rdquo;<br /><br />Nerves? Somehow, The Capitalist doubts it. Mind you, all this psychobabble was probably recorded after lunch, which Boris admits he likes to be just a little bit boozy.<br /><br />&ldquo;I find it gives me wings,&rdquo; he says of a cheeky lunchtime drink. &ldquo;Bill Deedes insisted on going out to lunch and he would always have two pints, and the thing about two pints at lunch is that you don&rsquo;t feel drunk, you just feel ever so slightly superb.&rdquo;<br /><br />No wonder he&rsquo;s a fan of the City.<br /><br /><strong>ROYAL BLOOD</strong><br />Given the Middle East&rsquo;s long-standing love affair with English football &ndash; Sheikh Mansour and Sulaiman Al-Fahim having bought up Manchester City and Portsmouth, and now Saudi&rsquo;s Prince Faisal showing an interest in taking a stake in Liverpool &ndash; it&rsquo;s hardly surprising that ears were pricked at the Chelsea game on Sunday, where the Kuwaiti royal family were comfortably ensconced in a private box.<br /><br />But though the blue bloods were respectfully welcomed to the game via the pitch presenter&rsquo;s microphone, I&rsquo;m assured there was no ulterior motive behind their appearance than to schmooze with the generous owner of Stamford Bridge&rsquo;s Millennium box.<br /><br />A pity, that; the prospect of digging teeth into a new juicy footballing alliance was making The Capitalist&rsquo;s mouth water.<br /><br /><strong>MOTOR SHOW</strong><br />City petrolheads should book their seats now for the Formula 3 Championship final at Brands Hatch on 17 October, where a rather racy new breed will be on show. Competing for the first time at the event is one of the world&rsquo;s greenest racing cars, developed by the University of Warwick&rsquo;s Dr Kerry Kirwan &ndash; who has built a turbo-charged environmentally-friendly mobile that has a top speed of 135mph and does 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds. Which is no mean feat, considering it runs on biofuel made from chocolate and is constructed from woven flax, recycled carbon fibre, recycled resin &ndash; and even carrot pulp for the steering wheel...<br /><br /><strong>TREASURE TROVE</strong><br />City boys and girls keen to get themselves out of a financial rut should listen up. Word reaches The Capitalist of a rather useful new site,, which will give you an online valuation for your treasures and trinkets ahead of going to auction.<br /><br />The site has attracted over 1,000 clients in its first month, including a City trader who discovered he owned a collection of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage worth &pound;24,500 (move over, Victoria Beckham). Still, that wasn&rsquo;t a patch on other expensive items the site has seen so far &ndash; including a vintage 1920s golf ball valued at between &pound;400 and &pound;600. Who&rsquo;d have thought it?<br /><br /><strong>JEAN GENIE</strong><br />Three cheers for the Royal Bank of Scotland&rsquo;s most dapper resident Italian, deputy head of global banking and markets Marco Mazzachelli.<br /><br />I hear Mazzachelli single-handedly raised over &pound;5,000 for charity on Friday when he took part in Jeans for Genes day, though his participation was actually the result of some mischief-making from his colleagues on the bank&rsquo;s business operating committee.<br /><br />Mazzachelli, you see, is a typical Italian, favouring fine wool suits and silk ties instead of ripped denim &ndash; and didn&rsquo;t possess a single pair of jeans before last week.<br /><br />Luckily, he went along with the fun and turned up on the day in a rather fetching pair from the brand &ldquo;Money Talks&rdquo;. Quite.<br /><br /><strong>CROWD PLEASER</strong><br />New Labour must have been surprised to see City super-spinner Roland Rudd turn up for the Tory party conference yesterday like a shiny new penny, unembarrassed by those who feel he may be switching his political allegiances.<br /><br />Rudd, who famously advised Tony Blair on his now-prolific career activities post-Downing Street, says he was up in Manchester primarily to chair an event for Business for New Europe, his pro-Europe pressure group, along with Clifford Chance senior partner Stuart Popham and The Work Foundation&rsquo;s Will Hutton.<br /><br />(The event, which would normally have only attracted the die-hards, apparently pulled in crowds of over 100 people, including the Tories&rsquo; most active pro-European Ken Clarke, after the recent focus on Ireland voting &ldquo;yes&rdquo; to the Lisbon treaty.)<br /><br />Rudd, the founder of Finsbury, has always been known for his ability to cosy up to the right people at the right time, but he&rsquo;s also got other loyalties to think about this time around, what with his sister Amber standing as the Tory candidate for Hastings and Rye.<br /><br />Times really are a-changin&rsquo;.