Subject: Glad to be out of it.
Well, you got that wrong, didn’t you? So much for Terry Smith calling HBOS cheap. They were cheaper still when they fell into the arms of Lloyds. I’m deliberately not watching the TV while I’m here.
Sent from my hand held Blackberry.
Subject: Sorry you’re not here.
Honestly, it would have done you good to take a week away from the market turmoil. It’s warm and sunny and I’m neither watching TV nor buying newspapers. Don’t tell me what’s happening – I don’t want to know.
Subject: Fancy some golf?
I’m so glad to be away – last week was a nightmare. You’ve time on your hands so why not come out and fit in a round or two? Shirley’s bottled out. I’m sure Liz won’t mind
Subject: Talk later.
I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you, but you can imagine how manic last week was. Anyway, I’m on holiday so your clients will have to wait. I’ll be in touch on my return.
Subject: The Dubai Summit.
Sorry I didn’t make contact but there were other distractions last week. Dubai’s fine by me. Can you book the flights? Where am I staying and who else will be there? I assume I’ll need to go out there as soon as I get back.
Subject: Go away!
I’m on holiday, so don’t bother me. You’re in charge while I’m away and I’m happy for you to take whatever action you see fit. I’m in no position to make a judgment as I don’t even know what the market’s doing.
To be continued…