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How to do handle those Davos-style discussions, with Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld and Life of Brian.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Forget your own concerns. When things take a turn for the ominous, individual concerns must take a back seat. Unlike in Curb Your Enthusiasm, when Larry and his wife Cheryl hear rumours that a terrorist attack is imminent. Cheryl has an important function she feels she can't abandon; Larry suggests he'd be best off taking refuge on a golfing weekend. She's understandably aghast at his attitude, especially when he accuses her of being selfish.

Move things along. When trying to resolve the fact that Seinfeld's Kramer has seen Elaine naked, Kramer decides to allay her shame by insisting she sees him naked too. It's a logical proposal, but utterly impractical, not least because it's the last thing she'd want to see. The same goes for Jerry, whose flat they're in. Deal with the problem, but in a way that eases the situation, rather than exacerbating it.

Act. There's no point in wagging chins over the big issues if nothing decisive comes of it. ‘We need action now,' concludes the People's Front of Judea in Monty Python's Life of Brian. But despite a very real emergency unfolding in front of their eyes, they continue to sit there seconding motions, rather than actually getting off their behinds...

In today's bulletin:
Refinery strikes spread after foreign worker row
Honda shuts Swindon as Japan's woes get scary for UK
Davos Day Two: More talk, more action
Ford goes into a bigger spin
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