Magnus Blake: "Hi Ted. How are you feeling? I meant to speak to you earlier, but we've been ... busy, you know. Getting everything back under control in your department? We had a few problems there, recently."
Ted Barwell: "Yes, Ivan English and that wretched takeover affair. We lost a lot of money on that one."
Magnus Blake: "Well, I rather thought that it was that other trader ... Paul, who was mainly responsible."
Ted Barwell: "Paul just needs tighter supervision. English though, he's a different matter."
Magnus Blake: "Oh?"
Ted Barwell: "He's arrogant, won't listen to advice ... really, I worry about his attitude. I discussed one of his deals, advised him and he almost told me to my face not to be stupid. Then he did what he wanted anyway."
Magnus Blake: "Which was?"
Ted Barwell: "Oh, he sold some shares even though I advised him not to. But it's not that case, it's more his general attitude."
Magnus Blake: "So which shares did he sell?"
Ted Barwell: "Some football club. He has a really strange portfolio, did you know? Even a rock group …"
Magnus Blake: "Football club ...? Rhymington? Rhymington FC. Did he sell before or after last Saturday?"
Ted Barwell: "I'm not sure ... before. Do you know about Rhymington?"
Magnus Blake: "Well, if one of our clients has a lot of money in the club; I look at their results. Their million-pound striker broke a leg on Saturday, and shares went down quite sharply. Before that, didn't the shares go up a lot because of the interest rate cut?"
Ted Barwell: "Yes, well, that's not really what I wanted to talk to you about, Magnus ..."