Diary: This City high flier knows how to deal with sharks

Tim Halford, director of corporate affairs at Standard Chartered Bank, is planning an adventurous holiday to take him away from the glare of media speculation over Barclays’ rumoured interest in the bank.

Tim Halford, director of corporate affairs at Standard Chartered

Bank, is planning an adventurous holiday to take him away from the glare

of media speculation over Barclays’ rumoured interest in the bank.



Accompanied by his brother-in-law Halford intends to take a light plane

over Australia and then on an island hopping tour around New

Zealand.



This is not the first time Halford has piloted around the Antipodes. In

1994 and 1996 the intrepid duo flew around parts of Australia.



However, this particular adventure sounds a bit more dangerous. One

stretch of the journey, a six hour flight from Lord Howe Island to New

Zealand requires tail winds of at least 25 miles per hour or the plane

will end up in shark-infested waters.



’I’ve been reading up in the SAS survival guide about shark death and

apparently it’s very painless,’ says a hopeful Halford.



He and his flight-partner are also faced with trying to land the plane

wherever they can whether it be on beaches or roads. While this is not

everyone’s idea of relaxation the trip will at least take him away from

the choppy waters of corporate PR.



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