Diary: Murdoch walks on by as his management staggers into daylight

Last week's News Corporation conference in the Mexican resort of Cancun has already created buckets of amusement for internet watchers.

Despite an arduous schedule (starting at 6am for some), many of Rupert Murdoch's minions still found time to drag their flaccid bodies on to the beach for a bit of fun. Spies wasted no time in posting such filth straight on to the web.

To be fair, the event, which brought together Murdoch's newspaper management from around the globe, does sound like hard work, with plucky Brits decrying both the schedule put together by their hard-working US colleagues and the savage drinking pace set by executives from the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to one spy, London's News International contingent were regularly outdrunk by their Aussie counterparts but on one night did their best to keep up with the participants from Down Under.

So much so that they were still going strong in the hotel bar as night turned to day and work was due to start. As the sun rose, who should walk down the stairs of the hotel but Murdoch himself? Had he come to join in the alcohol-fuelled frolics or more likely administer a stern lecture to his management?

Despite catching the drinkers red-handed, it seems that Murdoch was in a forgiving mood and settled for striding past the revellers with his personal trainer. An early night followed by a serious workout - just the sort of dedication that keeps you running companies at the age of 72. Sounds like some of the News International boys won't last that long though.

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