Thursday, September 27, 2007

Alex

Pic of Alex MasterleyLast Monday, I got an email from cuteCTguy pointing out the Alex cartoon of the day to me. For readers who're not familiar with "Alex", it's a humorous comic strip by Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor about a guy called Alex Masterley and his sidekick Clive Reed who work at Megabank, an investment bank in the City of London. This comic strip is an old favourite for people like me who work at investment banks in London. It's been around since 1987, and these days there's even a wikipedia entry about Alex.

The image of an Alex cartoon wouldn't fit neatly onto this blog and still be readable, so click here to see last Monday's cartoon. However, the text from last Monday was as follows:

Alex: This new insider's column about the financial world is rather good. I wonder who writes it ... ?
Pic of Clive ReedClive: Ahem ... actually Alex ... it's me ...
Alex: You, Clive?! You are "CityChap"?
Clive: Yes, but don't tell anyone ... It's great ... I get to write about my high-flying life as a top investment banker...
Clive: And of course, coming across as a rich, successful, powerful man has a predictable effect on the ladies ... My inbox at citychap.com is full of e-mails from them ... like this one ...
Alex: Let's have a look ... Ah Yes ...
Alex: ... asking you to get her son a summer internship at the bank
Clive: I wouldn't mind if the occasional one wanted to sleep with me

Needless to say, I found this very amusing, because there are some parallels between this blog and the imaginary column of Clive as CityChap! But there are a few important differences too:
  • I suppose I should confess that I'm more of an Alex Masterly than a Clive (although my boyfriends are a lot more important me than Alex's family seems to be to him).
  • I think Clive was quite unwise to confide in his colleague Alex about his anonymous CityChap column. I would certainly never tell any of my colleagues that I'm 'GB'!
  • And lastly, unlike poor Clive, I do get propositions in my inbox :-).
(Although obviously, as anyone who's aware of my policy knows, I decline all such propositions!)

8 comments:

close encounters said...

there is a CityBoy [or something like that] column in The London Paper which vaguely reminds me of you ... have you started diversifying ?

GB said...

No Close Encounters, I haven't diversified, apart from my contribution to the Guardian last May. I'm not City Boy in the London Paper and I confess I don't know who is either!

GB xxx

cuteCTguy said...

tsk tsk.. you two reading freebies. So whats the most "interesting" proposition you have received?

gayboydiary said...

The question is, does Alex or Clive look anything like you? ;-)

GBD xxx

GB said...

Even a guy like me who writes an anonymous blog has got to have SOME secrets cuteCTguy! Actually, that comment applies to your question too GBD LOL :-).

GB xxx

HAIRYBEARS said...

HAVE A NICE DAY

HUGZ

HAIRYBEARS
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Humming Bird in Hyde said...

Geez, I've never been propositioned to in my inbox. You lucky dog! :-)

Monty said...

I love Alex - it's very witty! :-)