Duckers & Diving: Hindmarch AWOL – A City Mourns!

ABSENCE makes the heart grow fonder they say and this week our uncover scribe investigates whether Birmingham’s business community is missing one of its favourite sons.

On the verge of breakdown after being banned from all Birmingham bashes for a week city lawyer and event junkie Adrian Hindmarsh is being taken to task after a no-show at not one but two recent events he promised he would grace with his not insubstantial presence.

Either that or he is on a diet – an unlikely scenario!

My source reveals: “Having RSVP’d with an acceptance (you’d expect nothing less) Adrian didn’t make the re-launch of Wing Wah World Buffet in Wolverhampton, an ‘all you can eat’ affair!

“In addition, a few days later he failed to show at the studio, Cannon Street, where guests had been invited to attend a menu tasting with no less than 12 tempting mains, sides and desserts on offer!”

Phew! Pass the goodie bag.

Both events were organised by Rewired PR.

The first I know a little bit about – it was something of a Super Thursday snout in the trough effort.

Instead Hindmarsh was destined for Forresters in Edmund Street where the trade mark and patent attorneys were having a launch – I attended the Winter Wonderland Christmas promotional at the Radisson Blu complete with mince pies, fake snow and mulled wine.

Ho, ho, ho.

As for the Cannon Street jolly, Lucie Ray-Barrett, Rewired account director, tells me: “All was not lost as Derek Inman was in attendance with his ‘food critic’ hat on, along with Fred Bromwich and Llewela Bailey who were sussing the venue out for Press Club drinks.”

Yeah, a likely story from that trio!

But good news from Lucie.

She tells me: “As I’m now ‘eating for two’ – yes, I’m expecting, due in March, there weren’t too many leftovers!”

And she adds: “Let’s hope all’s well with Adrian, we know he hates to miss a do!”

I don’t know … you just can’t get the right sort of lawyer these days.

And now for something completely different…Duckers and Diving

For those that don’t know, Duckers is now a published author and his new children’s book The Amazing Adventures of the Silly Six, published in aid of charity Cure Leukaemia is now on sale.

The book is aimed at the five to 12 age range and features the antics of Angus McMonty, a snake who is really a softie, Felicity, the dog, Suzi, the cat, Percy, the parrot, Nasher, the hamster, and Mole.

Purchasers are being urged where possible to go direct to Cure Leukaemia to order their copy – £3.99 of the £9.99 purchase price will go to the charity when bought direct.

The charity’s contact details are Cure Leukaemia, Studio 21b, Victoria Works, Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3PE. Tel: 0121 236 9202 or

The book can also be bought via Amazon, WHSmiths, Tesco’s, Waterstones and other outlets. Its ISBN number is 978-1-78148-626-9.