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Typical day: Burlesque shows and cock fighting

Daul Ponaldson

Post has unearthed the centuries old diary of Daul Ponaldson, Sun Insurance employee, now into his second day at the Great British Insurance Brokers' Association conference in 1710.

This year marks the 300th birthday of Sun Insurance, a forerunner to RSA. To celebrate the event, Post asked the insurer to scour its archives and discover how insurers and brokers converged to discuss the issues of the day. To both parties surprise, a diary was uncovereed of an employee Mr Daul Ponaldson. Post is pleased to present the third instalment of this historic document.

Honoured Sir

I am afraid to admit that there was not much business done today.

This morning we ran out of parchment and quills and had to send young Adrian Brown running back to the office to fetch more. He is a keen lad and I think he will go far within our company. Although I must say I am very glad he was not about to see the strange goings on that took place into the early hours of the morning.

Perhaps it is the ale, more than the shortage of ink, that has put pay to any semblance of productive business in our civilised society today.

The after effects of last night's raucous entertainment have been taking their toll and perhaps the best thing for it was to sit and listen to eminent novelist Jonathan Swift, who reads extracts from recent correspondence he is considering turning into a book, Journal to Stella. Hmm, I have another thirst coming upon me.

But we are made of stern stuff at the Sun Fire Office and tonight we hold our first annual party. A trip to the theatre might sound like quite a civilised affair but, if I tell you it is a burlesque show at the Drury Lane Theatre, you will clearly understand that a great time is surely in store for even the most hardened of insurance practitioners.

Forgive me if I do not write further for it has been brought to my attention that the cock fighting is about to begin. I believe tonight will see a revolutionary form of the sport where three cocks will each attempt to be the last one standing. My money is on Lloyd but Jardine and Thompson should not be underwritten off too soon.

Your very humble and most obedient servant

Daul Ponaldson Esq.

 

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