Lessons in being loaded number one: money can buy you most things
but, as Richard Branson and his pals have discovered, it can’t buy you
Messieurs Robert Campbell, Colin Gottlieb and Jim Kelly, all
representing Virgin Atlantic roster agencies, recently joined Branson
for the inaugural Virgin flight to Delhi, and were looking forward to a
celebratory dinner at an Indian palace upon arrival.
Always one for a new look, Branson saw fit to provide everyone with a
costume in the indigenous fashion. But despite his guests’ willingness
to humour their billionaire host, Branson himself was not so
’You look like a bunch of twats,’ he kindly informed them.
Campbell, with an eye to client/agency relations, refused to be hurt by
this barb, and was even kind - some might say smarmy - enough to praise
his client’s own get up. ’I think he looked fantastic, don’t you?’ he
Gottlieb was less pleased by the results of his own makeover. ’I looked
like a fat old restaurant owner,’ he complained.
Branson followed the dressing-up session with an evening of
entertainment, complete with Indian dancers. But the guests’ attention
was soon diverted by the spectacle of Kelly revisiting his Irish roots
and entertaining the crowd with his ’interesting’ dancing.
’It was a really, really bad form of the Riverdance,’ one observer of
the self-appointed Mr Flatley shuddered. ’Even Kelly doesn’t know where
it came from,’ a stupefied Gottlieb added.
Campbell escaped these humiliations more or less unscathed, by going to
bed early. However, his staff are warned that remarks about how he
didn’t quite manage to fit his turban over his ears will warrant a
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