There’s nothing we love here at MT more than a good Michael O’Leary story. Just when one thinks that business is becoming a bit too earnest, corporate and free from colour, up pops Ryanair’s CEO with one of his extraordinary outbursts.
Now Aurum Press has produced a slim volume entitled, 'Plane Speaking: The wit and wisdom of Michael O’Leary'. This includes such gems as MO’L on airline security: 'We are not going to die at the hands of toiletries', and on charging passengers to use the lavatory: 'If someone wanted to pay £5 to go to the toilet I would carry them myself. I would wipe their bums for a fiver'. And 'the meek may inherit the earth but they will not have it for long'.
We’ve got five copies of this ideal summer read to give away. The MT readers who come up with the most original fake O’Leary quotes will get one. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Probably best to use asterisks in the highly likely event that your submissions include The F Word, otherwise the emails won’t get through your firewalls or ours. We will be announcing the winners next Friday.
On a sadder note… Our coverage of Ryanair began in earnest back in 2003 when Alan Ruddock wrote his brilliant MT profile of O’Leary which then morphed into the best-selling Penguin book, A Life in Full Flight. Alan died last week in Ireland, way before his time. Here’s his piece from seven years back to recall what a great writer he was. Our condolences to his wife and children.
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