This evening, I found myself at Broadgate Circle, drinking champagne at the bridge of the boat-like, Corney and Barrow, overlooking the ice skating rink, safe from the icy winds in the warmth of the bar. It was a New Year’s drinks party with some colleagues and recent ex collegaues.
I was reminded of the scene of the band playing on the deck of the Titanic as the lifeboats were manned. The talk was not of jobs or markets (or icebergs) but of iPods, HDTVs, digitals cameras, holidays in warmer climes and new online businesses. The only recognition of the state of the current economic hardships was that we were drinking the cheapest champagne on offer, a Laurent Perrier Non Vintage at £46.96 a bottle (only £23.95 at anybooze.com. Well, at least we were doing our bit for the economy, spreading the wealth around
As I left, after a couple of hours of amiable chat, I drew my scarf more tightly around my neck. It is going to be a long cold winter.