The cold war between the US and Russia may have long been consigned to the 1980s dustbin along with Orville the Duck, but Tulkinghorn is pleased to learn that some of the cultural affinities between the two nations are still very much in place.
Tulkinghorn hears that the chairman of one of New York’s finest firms was in London recently with one of his most senior rainmakers on a recruitment mission. To save everyone’s blushes we’ll change his name to Randolph ‘Randy’ Truelove III.
The pair had just finished a meeting at One Aldwych, where they were staying. London’s award-winning contemporary luxury hotel, as it styles itself, had made a positive impression on Randy and he was enjoying the change of environment from his usual London hotel, which Tulkinghorn will forbear from naming.
But something seemed to be bugging Randy. He turned to his chairman and said: “You know, there’s one thing missing from this hotel. Where are those nice Russian hookers?”One supposes that is why they’re called big swinging dicks.