Arh. Our Italian cousins. Do their menfolk still find it acceptable to pinch the bottoms of random passing ladies in the street?
In that fine tradition, I can thank a CNN report by Nima Elbagir from their warship the San Marco, as it patrolled for pirates off the Horn of Africa this month.
Each day is heralded by a different set of messages and music tannoyed from the bridge. Here’s how the naval officer behind the mic sniggered his slot’s intro, the day the tv crew were on deck.
News should be like a woman’s skirt
Short enough to arouse interest
Long enough to cover the essentials
Now swap out that first word, ‘news’. Switch it to ‘your pitch’.