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2008-10-07 09:18:55 GMT2008-10-07 17:18:55 (Beijing Time) Reuters

As markets tumble and banks crash there's nothing like a sense of humour to keep those in the money markets - well may be not laughing , but with a certain sense of perspective.

And these are two men who are doing just that - finding capitalism's present embarrassments a rich seam for humour and poking fun at the men in the striped suits.

Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor are responsible for the long running "Alex" cartoons featuring a banker printed on the financial pages of a UK newspaper.

They say financial chaos is not all bad when it comes to thinking up jokes.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHARLES PEATTIE (LEFT), CARTOONIST FOR "ALEX" CARTOON STRIP SAYING:

"But it's good for us, it is kind of like volatility for us like it is for brokers I suppose. The only bad thing is that our stock of jokes which we hope to run for the following week was completely wiped out, they were sort of jokes set in a different era it seems like now."

But doesn't it seem a bit cruel to mock the afflicted ?

SOUNDBITE: CHARLES PEATTIE (LEFT), CARTOONIST FOR "ALEX" CARTOON STRIP SAYING: (English)

"I'd say the bosses sometimes have a sense of failure humour I wouldn't say the actual traders do."

SOUNDBITE: RUSSELL TAYLOR (RIGHT), WRITER FOR "ALEX" CARTOON STRIP SAYING: (English)

"I think they've got better and other things to worry about at the moment other than someone poking fun at them in a newspaper strip when they see the markets collapsing by 500 points. I think they quite like it, I think they are quite flattered by it because it makes them feel someone is noticing them, because up until recently the City has been not normally on the front pages and it was considered a bit marginal and for one reason and other, now, they are quite important and quite noticed."

Peattie and Taylor work closely with their financial community contacts to keep the strip absolutely true to the city.

While the rest of the world wrings its hands they say traders are actually relishing the drama and high tension.

Whatever happens to resolve the credit crisis will affect not only the fictional world of Alex but the future of his creators.

The pair believe that if the global banking system is totally cleaned up they might be out of a job.

But somehow they doubt that's going to happen.

Penny Tweedie, Reuters.

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