Media: Chatter

"It smelt of dogs, cigars and there was a scruffy old carpet, dingy wallpaper and smelly old sofas." - The Evening Standard editor, Veronica Wadley, on inheriting an office from country boy Max Hastings.

"Viacom will have to bid all of their profits on the (London Underground) contract. We also believe that JCDecaux will have to bid their profits. Both guys could have made a bad bet." - William Apfelbaum, the chairman of Titan (formerly Maiden), lays into the opposition.

"When I was a kid, being an astronaut was what you wanted to be. These days, people want to be Alan Sugar." - Trevor Beattie, the founder of Beattie McGuinness Bungay, speaking after attending a briefing in Los Angeles for Virgin's Galactic space service.