Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Davies Sexes Up His Airport Role; City Spy @City_Spy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Davies Sexes Up His Airport Role; City Spy @City_Spy

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BLIMEY, what's that Howard Davies on? Writing in the latest Management Today, the Airports Commission chairman tells how stopped off at Laon during a recent trip to France.

The state of the High Street depressed him, with shops boarded up. "Even Le Sex Shop at number 69 was closed for business," he says.

After France, Davies headed to northern California. There, surrounded by wealthy Silicon Valley types, he stumbled upon a local custom he terms "a wealthredistribution scheme". Reports Davies: "Thursday night is cougar night, when predatory females from across the Valley -- silicone enhancements to the fore -- descend on the drinking holes of the venture capitalists and software geeks in an attempt to encourage them to recycle some of their capital gains in their direction."

Apparently, many of the tech guys "have spent the past decade in a garage surrounded by screens and servers, and during that time have not encountered a live member of the opposite sex apart from their mums. …

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