Monday, November 15, 2004

THIS CHARMING MAN: Doesn't your heart leap up with delight when you hear the story of a record executive trying to make a couple of thousand bunce for his own pocket off the back of Band Aid 20? Deciding he liked the odds of 5-1 on, this unnamed music biz bigshot tried to stake a million quid on Band Aid being number one for Christmas, which would have allowed him to take home two hundred grand. "Better than the return from a building society" he chortled. The bookies turned him down, as they feel it would take a miracle to stop the bandaidwagon right now. In the old days, they'd have taken the bet and just shortened to odds to 1,000-1 on, what with that being how bookmakers are meant to operate, and everything.