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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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46. London calling

As many of you know, part of my England-based portfolio of duties is to advise Queen Elizabeth. She and I call them our ‘Strategy and Vision Sessions’, and we normally meet, on the last Thursday of each month, in a Starbucks in London’s West End. I can’t tell you which one – if I did, I would have to kill you for security reasons – but, for those of you who like to know whatever details you can, I can reveal that she usually has a double tall skinny latte (with a ginger biscuit for dunking – which she does ever so daintily).

Our agenda tends to be about global issues, but last week she, rather nervously, pinned it right down to a London problem. There is, apparently, a shortage of American visitors here – the result of a combination ...

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