Robert Maxwell, the publishing tycoon, was apparently showing his more charitable side at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month. In a brief interval between merging The European and The Sunday Correspondent, addressing sessions on global media, and generally meeting the most important people, Maxwell found time to do a good deed for the poor people of Bulgaria.
The Prime Minister of that country, Dimiter Popov, was in Davos on a begging-bowl mission extraordinaire. (It was a nifty move to be out of the country because prices back home had just been "liberated", sending inflation on basic commodities soaring.) But the mission was not in vain. Popov came away waving a cheque from Mr Maxwell for £50,000 to buy medicines for sick Bulgarian children. A round of applause please, ladies and gentlemen.