Bunhill: Branson fights shy
Sunday 30 October 1994
First dose came when he arrived in Dublin to launch his new tomato-juice-sans-vodka, Virgin Mary (groan groan), on Friday and realised that the name still retains a certain resonance among the Irish.
Worse was to come. As a media tycoon he was due to be interviewed by Nick Hyam of the BBC. When Hyam didn't show, Ray Snoddy, the highly respected media editor of the Financial Times, was wheeled forward. Branson refused point-blank.
Cynics believe the reason was that Snoddy might have grilled Saint Richard about how he had persuaded the Radio Authority to allow him to hold an AM as well as an FM licence - a concession that appears curiously at odds with the intention of the authority's rules.
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 4 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats
London property boom built on dirty money
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
iJobs Money & Business
Voluntary post, reasonable expenses reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: Would you ...
£36,000 - £40,000: Christine McCleave: Are you looking for a new opportunity a...
£15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a great opportunity for...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: An outstanding new...