July 11th, 2012
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Farnborough, England (CNN) – You know you’re dealing with a busy executive when you have to interview them on their toilet break.

I grabbed a brief chat with Virgin boss Richard Branson on the sidelines of the Farnborough International Air Show, but only after he first dragged me to the bathroom.

“Follow me,” said Branson, after I approached him. With that he was striding urgently across the auditorium where he had just announced a new satellite launching venture for his Virgin Galactic space company.

Seconds later, we were outside the toilets. “Excuse me for a moment,” he said, diving inside.

A few awkward minutes later, Branson was back, looking somewhat relieved, if tired from a schedule that saw him fly in from Mexico only hours before attending the air show.

“Sorry… I’m just exhausted,” he confessed, stumbling on his first answer. Then he recovered his composure to outline dreams for his fledgling space exploration company that include putting a hotel into orbit.

Interview over, Branson declined the customary handshake, instead offering his little finger to shake by way of apology. “I’ve got a bit of a cold,” he said. “You don’t want to catch it.”

So at least he spared me a second indignity.

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  1. medhat

    Surprise anyone who is looking for a job

    July 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  2. glasgowbathrooms

    Ha, ha, excellent story. Well I don't suppose you become that wealthy by being lazy, I am surprised that Branson hasn't invented some sort of mobile lavatory. I remember one well known Glasgow bathroom design company executive who tried out a similar invention but as far as I recall it hasn't taken off.

    August 19, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Garth Hackley

    Although some sources suggest that bathing declined following the collapse of the Roman Empire, this is not completely accurate. It was actually the Middle Ages that saw the beginning of soap production, proof that bathing was definitely not uncommon. It was only after the Renaissance that bathing declined; water was feared as a carrier of disease, and thus sweat baths and heavy perfumes were preferred.,"`,

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    June 1, 2013 at 4:15 am |

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