Penny Black's insurance week.

Nice to know the insurance industry has the interests of international espionage at heart as well mo...

Nice to know the insurance industry has the interests of
international espionage at heart as well more mundane domestic concerns.
For Penny understands that James Bond star Pierce Brosnan's insurers have
insisted that a doctor shadow him on the set of the next Bond film after
he damaged his knee while filming his latest offering Beneath The Sea. His
insurers, who had to pay for his treatment and the delay to the movie,
which is due out in November, now insist a doctor must be on hand when Mr
Brosnan is on camera. Effective risk management, maybe, but would Sean
Connery approve?

Talking of daring dos, Penny was delighted to take to the sea - well, The
Thames anyway - in HMS Belfast last week with her new chums from Primary.
Although the ship, sorry cruiser, did not actually go anywhere, Penny
certainly felt like she needed her sea legs by the time she left.

Extraordinary lengths some speakers will go to add a little realism to
their presentations. David Neave of RSA was down to speak at Post
Magazine's New Roads for Motor Claims conference last week and managed to
involve himself in an accident the night before. Being a real trooper, Mr
Neave managed to make it to the conference by lunchtime, having been given
the once over by the medics in the morning.

Penny knows Esure is selective about the risks its takes, hence its recent
advertising campaign aimed at attracting less risky drivers, but its
parent HBOS has taken this selection process to new lengths. A flip chart
at one of Halifax's branches in Manchester, which was easily spotted by
passers by, proclaimed the sort of customers it didn't want: small
businesses that deal in coinage such as window cleaners, market traders
and cabbies.

And finally, Penny sends out her regards to any of the 1200 brokers due to
be video-blasted by Norwich Union on its roadshows next week, at which
several internet-based initiatives will be launched. Happy viewing.
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