It is rare that I am left speechless, as Newmania and Croydonian will attest to.
However, the news that Lord Browne, former-greatest-CEO-ever-in-history, has resigned because of a gay love affair did indeed stun me. Not that I could care about this, but the fact that he has also led BP, after years of frankly brilliant service, to two high profile disasters is a sad denouement.
Did this affair take his mind off the ball? Or did events just catch-up with him?
Maybe he should have quit a couple of years ago when he was offered the chance.
Anyway, I once remember him making a comment at an event we were both at that ' Shane Warne is the best wrist spinner the world has ever seen and I am in awe.'
There was innocent me at the time thinking that this was a merely platonic statement of admiration...could I have been wrong?