Jayne Buxton and Rosemary Leith were two hard-working consultants who couldn't find a web site on work/life solutions, so they set one up themselves. And who better to tell this tale than Rob Brown, a man whose work/life pendulum has swung back and forth: he went from media editor of the Independent to freelancer in Ireland to founding deputy editor of the Sunday Herald - now he's sunning himself once more on the Irish Riviera, awaiting his next big challenge.
Rory Ross has chronicled the foibles of the rich and famous and the would-be rich and famous in the pages of the Tatler and other magazines, both here and in the US. Having written in this issue - his MT debut - on corporate status symbols and executive toys, he now feels deeply depressed at the thought of how many aeons of freelance journalism it'll take before he comes within even hailing distance of affording the yacht or jet of his dreams.
Two years ago Andrew Saunders decided that he had resisted the bright lights and glamorous lifestyle enjoyed by business journalists long enough.
So he packed in his job at a market research company and, after a journalism course, joined MT as staff writer. A year and a half on, Saunders is stepping up to be a section editor. This means that, along with the Jag and the key to MT's fabled executive washroom, he will have responsibility for both Brainfood and Techknow.
Growing up in '70s Manchester, Guardian columnist and broadcaster Jim White remembers Granada as a provincial, rather down-at-heel network of television rental shops, with a TV station attached. Twenty years down the line, it is one of the country's swankiest media groups. In this month's cover story, White meets Charles Allen, the architect behind the organisation's success, and hopes to learn some tricks that might do the same for his career.
Forced into cartooning by antiquated laws and traditions, Kevin Pope has tried to make the best of an unfortunate set of circumstances. Despite this, his work has been published in newspapers and magazines around the world: he is a regular contributor to Playboy, Fast Company and Mad, among others. Recently, his attention has turned to animation ventures, via films and the internet, and sorting river rocks by weight and colour.
In our books section, Jim Rose agrees wholeheartedly with the thrust of Mark McCormack's new book, namely that a net business is a business like any other and that those who believe otherwise are likely to come a cropper. Rose is well placed to deliver this judgment: he is CEO of online auctioneers QXL, one of the stars of the e25. His no-nonsense approach has worked wonders so far and his plans are no less ambitious - in four years' time he wants QXL to be 'the leading European internet blue-chip'.