Subject: Sorry you can’t make it.
Being away from the City is brilliant. I should take a leaf out of your book and retire, except I don’t see them paying me to leave as they did you.
Subject: Disaster!I’ve been made redundant!
Only last year the trade press were calling me the Empress Victoria – now I’m on the scrap heap. And all because they made some bad calls and I’m the one to carry the can. Let’s meet!From: email@example.comTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: All booked.
And it’s you and I as the home team. Hugh was sending one of the salesmen, but life being as tough as it is, he felt a team of two would be enough. We can catch up – I have hardly seen you recently.
Subject: Guess what?
I’m so glad I didn’t go away. Victoria’s been sacked. I really don’t know why, but the CEO treated me to an hour-long one-to-one and assured me I was okay. Even so, I feel really nervous, particularly with markets as they are. I cannot wait until you get back.
Subject: Your house.
Bad news, squire. You’ve got dry rot, rising damp and more leaks than the Cabinet Office. Best we talk about your building works when you get back. I’m not doing any more until I get some more up front. You City boys are in trouble, I hear.
Subject: Call me.
Mobile phones are notoriously insecure and even emails can be accessed without you knowing. Much has happened. Give me a call once you reach home – on my home number. You’ll be impressed.
To be continued…