Column One: Ferry man flies in
Monday 22 March 1993
The latest glossy brochures promoting the opening of the Channel tunnel reach us - the only problem is they cannot agree on quite when that will be. Eurotunnel's 'Travelling on Le Shuttle' promises that services will begin 'in the autumn of 1993'. However, its 'Europe with Le Shuttle? The easy way to go]' is not so optimistic, saying services will not start until this winter. Never mind, at least both agree on one thing - with a journey time of one hour from British motorway to French autoroute, Le Shuttle will be a lot quicker than either the ferry or the hovercraft. Provided, that is, you don't turn up a season too early . . .
Sir Peter Gibbings, chairman of Anglia TV, asked if any of the Anglia executive directors were paid as companies (a la Birt):
'No, we never thought of it. I don't think I'd look very good in an Armani suit.'
The humble baked bean is Britain's most popular canned food - 93 per cent of shoppers regularly buy the product, according to a survey by the market analyst Mintel. The survey also showed a widespread belief that canned food is not as good as fresh. Sales of canned food topped pounds 2bn last year, that's pounds 40 for every man, woman and child, but this is down 12 per cent on 1987. Food for thought.
The Institute of Public Relations' City and Financial Group periodically organises visits to organisations so that its members, Perrier-guzzling spin doctors and the like, can find out more effectively how to win friends and influence people. Sadly last week's visit to the London Stock Exchange had to be cancelled 'for understandable reasons', said the institute. But surely the abandonment of Taurus, with up to half a billion pounds in City cash down the pan, would have been just the right opportunity to observe 'crisis PR' in action . . .
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
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