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Haymarket 50 Years: A year in pictures

Clearly some staff will do anything for attention, be it skydiving or interviewing 'two jabs'. These images show a typical year at Haymarket. Well, almost ...

- Regeneration & Renewal features editor Matt Ross interviews former deputy prime minister John - "two jabs" - Prescott. An unverified story in Jeremy Paxman's The Political Animal is that, before being accepted as transcribers to Hansard, applicants must listen to one of Prescott's speeches and write down what they think he was trying to say. How was it for Matt, we wonder?

- If your client does it, sooner or later you'll have to give it a go. Here, Nikki Kieran, Haymarket's senior account manager on the Army, gets to grips with skydiving courtesy of an instructor from the Army Parachute Association.

- A host of giddy motorsport fans descend upon the Birmingham NEC for Autosport International every year. Presenters Louise Goodman and Paul Musselle, shown here, entertained 60,000 visitors during the show.

- Haymarket Media Australia has published specialist arts magazine Limelight since 2006. Here, editor Katarina Kroslakova interviews opera singer Teddy Tahu-Rhodes and director Brian Beresford at the Sydney Opera House as they rehearse for the launch of A Streetcar Named Desire.

- Matt James, the racing editor on Motorsport News, gets a passenger ride in the Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch of British Touring Car Championship ace Fabrizio Giovanardi during a special event in Edinburgh. Approximately 12,000 fans turned up to watch the parade of racing cars through the streets of the Scottish city - Matt looks suitably chuffed.

- If his agency had not been quite so magnificent, Fallon's Robert Senior would be in danger of being remembered only for his suits. Fallon is Campaign's reigning Agency of the Year, and here's Senior presenting the agency's latest work to a (less than) delirious Campaign editorial team. Well, it was a press day evening ...

- The What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision review team has a cavefull of visual and audio delights, plus an advanced test laboratory and acoustically treated listening room. Rarely has watching the latest Bond movie been classed as work at Haymarket.

- Aerial photograph of Cereals 2007, which took place in June at Vine Farm, Royston, Cambridgeshire. Look very closely and you might just see Dominique Gill, in overall charge of the event for Haymarket.

- The Haymarket conference team at Media week's Media 360 event, with impressionist Jon Culshaw as the after-dinner speaker.

- Not standard office garb, perhaps, but very nice to look at. The largest fashion and beauty event in the world, Clothes Show Live, is organised by Haymarket Exhibitions. The show boasts an ABC audited attendance figure of more than 190,000 visitors over a six-day period.

- Flavio Briatore, managing director of the Renault Formula One team (as well as serial dater of supermodels and co-owner of QPR), poses for LAT staff photographers Steven Tee and Charles Coates at an Italian Grand Prix. LAT Photographic is Haymarket's specialist motoring and motorsports picture agency, based at Teddington Studios.

- The chaps who control the purse strings at Haymarket loosened them in the summer to throw a lavish all-staff 50th birthday party at stately Fulham Palace. Staff threw deadlines to the winds and had a free day off afterwards to nurse their hangovers.

- Designer Mario Garcia, former managing editor Paul Steiger and publisher Gordon Crovitz at The Wall Street Journal redesign unveiling held in association with PR Week New York. Editor-in-chief Julia Hood interviewed Steiger at the event, followed by a panel discussion with four of the Journal's top editors.

- Keith Frith, associate publisher of Finance Asia, and Nick Ferguson, the title's structured products and derivatives editor, at Finance Asia's Awards of Achievement dinner held in January in Hong Kong. Alas, the Maserati Coupe was not a giveaway item that night ...

- Here's Sally Drury, Horticulture Week's technical editor, at What Kit Live at Reaseheath College in Cheshire. Every week she assists readers of Haymarket's oldest title (it's been around since 1841) with their queries. What Sally doesn't know about hoe loaders isn't, quite frankly, worth knowing.

- Live from planet tech, this is Stuff's editor-in-chief Tom Dunmore and Will Findlater on the Stuff.tv vidcast, discussing the merits of the Homersapien robot and the world's largest Swiss Army pen knife. Are they being paid to discuss the most useless gadgets in the world? You decide.

- Practical Caravan is the UK's best-selling caravan magazine and you don't get to be that good without holding the odd editorial meeting in a small corner of caravan heaven. Note the plastic cups and classy Teddington Studios car-park location - absolutely miles from an actual caravan park.

- Racing Line editor Nic Shaw interviews Fernando Alonso while lapping the Goodwood circuit in a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren for the Vodafone Hot Laps event in May. Nic was the last to go, hence Fernando's bored expression - he'd been lapping all day. Nic, however, armed with his dictaphone, looks very excited.

- There have been many father/son combinations in media - look closely and you'll spot two generations of Heseltines in this image. But even the Heseltines need a bit of help sometimes. Here's Haymarket's group board doing what group boards do at their monthly gatherings - eating biscuits, looking at spreadsheets and, unusually, laughing.

- While many of the pictures in this selection created discussion and even argument, there is absolutely no doubt that wherever you are in the world, Haymarket will have no empty meeting rooms. As these inventive staffers testify. Step forward Iris Anger, editor of Germany's horticulture weekly TASPO, and features editor, Renate Veth.