Own goal

There are more signs that the credit crunch is taking hold in the strangest of areas. Tulkinghorn has learnt that Bird & Bird telecoms supremo Dominic Cook is the ­reigning champion of the firm’s hotly-contested table football competition.

Tulkinghorn would have thought Cook had enough work to keep him busy in IT and telecoms despite the crunch. But it seems, alas, that isn’t the case.

The last Tulkinghorn heard of Cook, he was using fighting talk to ­challenge a team of table footballers from this very publication. Sadly, they have told Tulkinghorn they are a bit too busy with work at the moment to pick up that particular gaming gauntlet.