City Diary: Gulf Keystone cops police porn on share-tippers' site



Google (NasdaqGS: GOOG - news) isn’t the only website being taken to task over pornography issues. Diary hears Gulf Keystone cops have been busy policing some rather “adult” material on the share-tipping site ADVFN.

In fact, one shareholder in Gulf Keystone Petroleum was so outraged by the offensive images posted by “Drbeng” on a thread about the oil explorer that he has threatened to take the matter to the Metropolitan Police.

“I’m hardly a maiden aunt, but even I’m astonished at what is going on,” says GKP investor Robert Waterhouse, a director of Mayfair-based RG Petroleum. “Someone needs to expose what they [the cyber-stalkers] are doing." Happy to oblige.


= Bull (Paris: FR0010266601 - news) in the Rymans china shop =

Good to see Theo Paphitis, the owner of the glass and china stockist Robert Dyas, having a smashing time.

The Cypriot-born entrepreneur was recently spotted breaking crockery with abandon at the famed Greek restaurant Elysee in Central London.

It was quite some retail therapy. By the end of the evening, a 50th birthday celebration for the former Formula One driver Mark Blundell, the restaurant was ankle-deep in shattered soup-plates.

Still, with an estimated £180m fortune, our bull in someone else’s china shop can afford to settle the breakages bill.


There was a shock in store for employees of EY, the accountant formerly known as Ernst & Young, as they researched their company’s new name this week.

No-one in the firm’s marketing team had spotted that EY is also the title of a specialist magazine dedicated to “the energy, power and vitality of young men”, whose latest issue homes in on the beaches of Brazil. This picture-led publication is not to be confused with EY’s in-house read, T Magazine, which sticks to the less racy topic of corporate tax.


= No rain on Prom Night parade =

It's not what you know, it’s who you know.

When Peter Rosengard, the City’s go-to life insurance salesman, heard that his daughter Lily’s Prom Night this week needed an after-party, he pulled some networking strings.

Help for the graduates of London’s Latymer Upper School came from nightclub entrepreneur Charlie Gilkes, the son of Rosengard’s dermatologist Dr Jeremy Gilkes, who squeezed the 200 teenagers into the club Dukebox.

The West London venue is not one of the Inception Group founder’s five late-night haunts in the capital, however.

They were all booked out on the night in question for corporate clients that Gilkes is too discreet to name.


Where now for the fresh-faced Harry Hitchens, after making the final six in last year’s Young Apprentice?

Diary can reveal that the star of the BBC show has spent the last few months interning at finance house GE Capital, which says he has been “a real asset to the team”.

Just like on the “you’re fired” reality programme, Hitchens went out with a bang. One of his last tasks as he hung up his tea-making apron this week was to help out at GE’s Leading From The Middle conference, where he took notes from Sir Martin Sorrell.

Is the media tycoon’s WPP (LSE: WPP.L - news) empire hiring?


= Showdown for sticky Stayput saga =

There will be a “showdown at the O.K. Corral” at Kingston County Court on August 2, as inventor Debbie Forster seeks to end her five-year gun-fight with Healthcare Locums founder Kate Bleasdale.

The full-day hearing will take place in front of Mrs Justice Susan Brown, who will attempt to resolve Forster’s wrongful dismissal suit that has already been dragged through the High Court.

But it could prove heavy going, Diary fears, as both sides in the battle over the now-defunct button-maker, Stayput Solutions, are refusing to budge. Forster will stick by her claim for £3.6m damages and costs after being “ousted” from the company she founded, while Bleasdale tells me she will file a countersuit.

Watch this space.


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