MIXING one&rsquo;s other half with one&rsquo;s work has always been a risky affair, largely because loved ones have a tendency to be prone to letting things slip &ndash; and The Capitalist imagines that City minister Lord Myners won&rsquo;t be hugely enamoured to read his wife Alison&rsquo;s upcoming interview with Tatler magazine, which hits newsstands on Thursday.<br /><br />Myners, you see, has always taken pride in his ability to juggle inhuman amounts of work, having previously held numerous chairmanships (including at the likes of Marks &amp; Spencer, Land Securities and Guardian Media Group) and third sector posts before giving up the lot for his Treasury role last year.<br /><br />But it seems the poor chap has also had to call time on his beloved hobby of art collecting, due to Gordon Brown keeping his nose firmly to the grindstone.<br /><br />&ldquo;He&rsquo;s working so hard,&rdquo; says a wistful Alison, herself chair of the Contemporary Art Society, of her powerful hubby. &ldquo;Before he took this new role we used to do everything together, as art is our great love. It&rsquo;s a little bit sad that he&rsquo;s not able to do that at the moment as he doesn&rsquo;t have the time and he works every evening&hellip;&rdquo; <br /><br />Now there must be a man looking forward to the economic upturn with glee.<br /><strong><br />BATMAN FOREVER<br /></strong>An email arrives from an enterprising reader keen to propose one way for bankers to spend their hard-earned cash, before the G20 attempts to put paid to the bonus hey-day for good.<br /><br />His suggestion for a last-ditch spending spree is to buy a &ldquo;Batcycle&rdquo;, assembled using the original moulds and blueprints of the Batcycle from the 1966 Greenway Productions version of Batman.<br /><br />&ldquo;We understand that the Batcycle will reach speeds of 80-90mph,&rdquo; reads the blurb on the seller&rsquo;s website, &ldquo;You can also use the sidecar, provided you can persuade someone to actually sit in it, let alone wear Robin&rsquo;s yellow tights&hellip;&rdquo;<br /><br />Mind you, the privilege will certainly cost you &ndash; they&rsquo;re hoping for it to sell near to USA auction prices, which a cursory surf of the internet reveals is nigh on $30,000.<br /><strong><br />SAFE AS HOUSES<br /></strong>Ever fancied making a few bucks out of the property market? Brett Alegre-Wood, the founder of property investment group Your Property Club, has just launched a new book which claims to be an insider&rsquo;s guide to building a successful property portfolio.<br /><br />&ldquo;Property is the new pension,&rdquo; proclaims the tagline boldly, having promptly forgotten all the caution the property crash of the past few years is supposed to have taught us.<br /><br />Apparently, the best strategy is to buy three buy-to-let properties and hold these for at least two years &ldquo;to become used to the variables that can arise with managing a portfolio of properties&rdquo;. <br /><br />No word on whether Alegre-Wood, who talks happily of &ldquo;tried and tested strategies&rdquo; and of the property market doubling in value every 7.3 years,&nbsp; will pick up the tab if this proves to be rather less fail-safe than he predicts, though.