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Five Loaves, Two Fishes and Six Chicken Nuggets by Barry Gibbons

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13. First, finish your chicken

I have lived a full and contributive life. It was I who brought all our children back to their senses by inventing, planning, and overseeing the execution of the punk rock movement. I cannot claim full authorship – but it was I, together with a thin, wiry Elvis Costello, back in the seventies, who decided one night, albeit after a jug or two of grappa, that the Moody Blues had become too fat and orchestrated. The rest, of course, is history. Our children were saved.

For many, that would be enough for one lifetime. Not me. Angered by the docility and comfort of the wealth-creating institutions of the eighties, I sat down with another friend, Ivan Boesky, and this time, helped by a decanter of fine port, we planned ...

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