Friday, December 01, 2006

Life's Like That

A recent new hire for the Irish operation of a daily newspaper was flown by private jet to Deauville for lunch with the owner. It was a serious editorial position and he was accompanied by the paper's top editorial brass. Wine flowed and an urbane and pleasant time was had by all - opinions were exchanged and robust dialogue was the order of the day. However, before he rejoined the corporate jet for the journey home he was given a list with two columns: those we never speak ill of; and those we never speak well of. Denis O'Brien topped the latter list.