Monday, June 18, 2007

Alan Sugar buys IBM!

Last week I was very much looking forward to the final of The Apprentice. Alan Sugar might be a touch fond of himself and the candidates are mainly scheming ego maniacs but it is brilliant TV. I knew the challenge this week was for the two finalists to redesign some building that Sugar had bought near Waterloo. I nearly fell off the sofa when the program started and they showed the building! It was IBM Southbank - somewhere I typically work out of a few days every month.

It turns out that IBM's lease on the building has many years to run so all that has really happened is that we have got a new landlord. But next time I'm in the office I will check that we have still got IBM Thinkpads and not an Amstrad PCW 8256. I also need to check that our fine Cisco IP Phones haven't been changed for E-m@iler phones that only exist on Sugar's secretary's desk and in his boardroom.

3 comments:

wild bill said...

Hur hur.

My folks had an eMailer phone. Must take it outside and burn it, post the video to youtube.com sometime..

;-)

Mind you, the outside of that building could do with a bit of a makeover..

---* Bill

Tony C said...

It's always been a bit of a ugly building...reminds me of a nuclear bunker. I was a bit surprised to see it as I thought IBM still had a few years to run on the lease. Sad to see it go as a location 'cos the Southbank is becoming all trendy again....

Jonnie Boy said...

I almost fell off my chair too but thought that Simon's phalic waves were pretty cool, and if I come back to Big Blue can I have an office at the top of the middle crest??