DIARY: CRASH AND BURN - The finest burn and crash incident in the world, ever

While this is a posthumous award, it is only right that this column recognises possibly the most impressive example of a media man literally crashing and burning.

While this is a posthumous award, it is only right that this column

recognises possibly the most impressive example of a media man literally

crashing and burning.



The award goes to the now deceased, but fondly remembered, Ian Carter, a

long-time director of the now defunct Poster Media.



Ian was one of those slightly accident-prone characters. But perhaps his

finest hour came one afternoon after he had been out on a large More

O’Ferrall jolly. Arriving back at the office in a state of inebriation,

he was spotted by his managing director, who suggested he retire to his

office.



Once safely inside the said office, he settled back to have a cheeky

cigarette. Unfortunately he fell asleep and the ciggie fell from his

hand onto some papers -setting the office alight.



Fortunately - a single lucky break for our hero - he awoke and decided

to bunk out of his window to escape being engulfed in flames. Leaving

the smouldering office, he jumped in his car and raced home.



But he did not get very far before he piled into a car. Disastrously,

the motor he ploughed into was a police car, and Carter received a court

summons. He went on to receive a three-year ban. Top that.



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