How to make friends and influence people


The prize for the ‘least popular exhibitor’ at the Southampton Boat Show over the weekend must surely go to the owner of the 100-odd foot motorboat moored in the marina.

With ten minutes until the show opened on Friday he started his engine, enveloping the surrounding boats in a huge cloud of black, sooty smoke.

Cue much outraged polishing by the nearby sales reps as they attempted to clean off the mess before the punters descended…