Ratting on the world means that
corporate freebies don’t often come Crikey’s way these days, but in a
rare development, Mr and Mrs Crikey are heading to tomorrow’s Grand
Final courtesy of a major corporate. Sadly, the name can’t be
disclosed. Yeah, yeah, graft and corruption and all that.

I’ll
be happy not to run for the board of any of the companies involved –
this AGM season at least, but the poor sods have still been copping
plenty of mentions in Crikey over recent weeks. Check out this list
of the 40 companies that wasted the most amount of money on Crikey
before we first did did our Lathamesque dummy spit on the world
1999-2000.

It will be Mrs Crikey’s first granny and she’s very
excited. The only other one I’ve been to was West Coast’s flogging of
Geelong in 1994, courtesy of Japanese IT giant NEC. It’s quite an early
start but if any of the Crikey Army are headed in for the big day, let
us know where you’ll be to [email protected]

This reminds me of working on The Daily Telegraph
in September, 1998. We were half way through news conference at about
3pm on Grand Final Eve and editor Col Allan suddenly stood up and said:
“Right, you can all get f*cked, I’m going to Melbourne for the grand
final.” And out he walked.

Don’t expect Mark Latham to cop any
corporate invites to the NRL grand final next week, not that he’d want
to make small talk with the suits. But Crikey hears that the lad is
going to the Tigers/Dragons semi-final with his old rugby mates on
Saturday night. The Liverpool rugger boys think he’s a legend and
larrikin Mark is apparently just loving getting on the turps with lads
and swapping yarns about all the stuff that is not in the book or still
to come.

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