The last time I met the sitting MP for Uxbridge was in 1988 while a politics student at nearby Brunel University. Michael Shersby, the then Parliamentary representative for our local constituency, generously hosted Brunel’s annual Government Society dinner at the House of Commons, and arranged an array of guest speakers.
One year, we were fortunate to have the Speaker, the then Bernard (later Lord) Weatherill, who came to talk about democracy and the importance of being actively involved.
On another occasion, sharing the evening with the local Conservative Association, we were slightly less impressed by Minister of Education Angela Rumbold. Possibly labouring under the misapprehension that we were the University’s Conservative Students Group, she decided to lecture us about how the Tories were ‘good for education’. Continue reading
The annual nonstop Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (“DW”) concluded in London today (Easter Sunday, 21 April).
For only the second time in the race’s history, the event was won by a mixed pair, Dan Seaford and Alexandra Lane (pictured)
of Reading Canoe Club. The duo saw off intense competition from international athletes and military canoeists from numerous Army regiments and the Royal Marines to win the DW race, often described as one of the toughest endurance events in the world.
Due to issues with the event website only a partial amount of content can be displayed there. As a result, press releases are hosted here at www.guydresser.com
A full list of results from the DW Canoe Race can be found here.
If you need high resolution images of any of the competitors, please inform Guy Dresser, Head of Communications for the DW International Canoe Race.
Contact Guy on 07713 066 986 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
News releases issued on 21 April 2019:
Hundreds finish 125 miles Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race despite scorching Easter – Press Release 21 April 2019
Mixed crew overturn the odds to win 125 mile canoe race epic – Press Release 21 April 2019
Injured military veterans defy weather to finish 125 mile canoe race epic – PRESS RELEASE 21 April
Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race PRESS PACK.
Picture credit: Peter Burbridge
Below are useful documents for journalists/photographers following the 2019 Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.
MEDIA ADVISORY. Click here to download (PDF).
BACKGROUNDER. History of the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).
BACKGROUNDER. The 40 year old nonstop Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race record. Click here to download (PDF).
DW 2019 course times – where will competitors be and when? Click here to download (PDF).
PRESS RELEASE: 650 competitors set for annual Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).
PRESS RELEASE: Fowey Canoe Club poised for success in annual Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).
PRESS RELEASE: Injured Military Veterans take on all-comers in 125 mile Easter canoe race epic. Click here to download (PDF).
PRESS RELEASE: Team GB paddlers aim for win in Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race. Click here to download (PDF).
High resolution images are available on request.
Samantha Martyn and Bronte Holden of Wey and Fowey Canoe Clubs
Peter Wilkes and Dan Palmer of Fowey Canoe Club
Peter Wilkes and Dan Palmer of Fowey Canoe Club
Keith Moule in front with Tom Sharpe behind
Competitors in a training race leading up to the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race 2019
My fifth call of the month from an offshore financial adviser. These are the people who lurk outside the highly regulated ambit of UK financial services industry legislation, in just about every place where Britons work abroad – Hong Kong, Dubai, Guernsey, Malta, most major European capitals.
What’s wrong with them? Well, how long have you got? They’re usually unqualified, mostly paid by commission so hugely incentivised to sell unsuitable, cost-loaded products. Oh, and they’re also unregulated. Or at least not registered to give financial advice – with no onshore financial regulator bothered enough about checking up on what they do. In some countries it’s worse – they’re often self-regulated. All of which amounts to much the same thing: there’s no protection available for consumers when it all goes wrong. And it does go wrong, frequently. Continue reading
It must be the warm weather that brings them out. It’s February and 15 degrees in Switzerland, bright sunshine and not a cloud in sight. And the phone’s ringing.
It’s yet another cold call, the fifth this week, from one of the earnest young Britons hired in droves by the usually greedy, often desperate financial services organisations that reside in lightly-regulated financial markets around the world.
Wherever you find Britons working abroad, you’re sure to find a cluster of these financial outfits, mostly managed by oleaginous shysters who couldn’t hack it in London, and staffed by ingenues with barely a grasp of finance know-how beyond the obligatory in-house crash-course in hard-selling. Continue reading