Office romance(s)

Laurie Taylor (27 September) is certainly right that acquiring one's own office for the first time is an important rite of passage, but by definition I would have thought it could be done only once. In 1994, the record shows, he acquired 85 sq ft of space in Covent Garden, hoping to impress people with talk of "my office" ("A room of one's own", New Statesman, 21 January 1994). I'm not sure whether news of his second first office in Soho represents an attempt to regain his first-office virginity, or whether he is actually an office bigamist, with a string of secret premises across London.

Ron Chatterjee
London E3

This article first appeared in the 11 October 1999 issue of the New Statesman, A world without children