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9AVOIDING THE CONS

One of my most treasured possessions is a gold Classic Century ballpoint from American quality pen manufacturer Cross. It has my initials engraved on the side, and I have had it since 1979. It was given to me by musician Bryan Ferry as a gift. At the time I worked as a press officer at Polydor Records, where I looked after the Roxy Music account, among others. During the year I had helped obtain publicity for the song “Angel Eyes,” which had become the 49th top-selling single of the year. Even though I truly appreciated the pen and still treasure it today, I know the gift was in recognition of the significant amount of work I had done.

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