* A couple of credit researchers at the buffet lunch were considering indulging in dessert when one decided the fruit salad combo on offer was just too healthy. "Too high in the capital structure for you?" quipped the other.
* Fitch's Edward Eyeramn was sailing smoothly through his presentation on European leveraged loans when his ringing mobile phone, set to silent, sent the high-tech sound system buzzing wildly. He gallantly continued without flinching, when his second phone followed suit not 10 seconds later. "Just call me Inspector Gadget," he said, referring to the befuddled cartoon character.