Quest Quips

blog devoted to CNN International Business anchor, Richard Quest, who looks like a cross between Roger Daltry and a Muppet. You have to see him to believe him...

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Thursday, August 07, 2003
Is any one still reading this blog?

Oh,well, I'm still keeping an eye out for our boy. He's finally popped up again on American TV on August 1, 2003 in a segment I"ll call "Richard as a Tenner is a Winner" Actually, he checked in on American Morning and told Jack Cafferty:

JACK CAFFERTY, CNN ANCHOR: A British airline is causing a big to-do with an ad promoting "weapons of mass distraction," or, as some might call them, "WMDDS."
Richard Quest explains now, as we check in, in London, and see what's happening "Over There."

We missed you the last couple of weeks. Good to have you back with us. What are these "WMDDS" all about? I think I know.

RICHARD QUEST, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I will explain that close to your heart in a moment, Jack. But two subjects that you will find of interest.

First of all, you recognize one of these, of course. This is...

CAFFERTY: The Benjamin.

QUEST: The Benjamin, absolutely. Now, you'll remember the huge fuss when his face got very large on the $100 bill. Needless to say, I had to scout around the back at CNN around here to find one of those. Well, now there's a fuss over the British -- hey, there aren't many going around these days.


QUEST: Look, there was a huge fuss, because a new survey about the British 10 pound note as to whose face, perhaps instead of her majesty, people wanted to see on the 10 pound bill. Guess who came No. 1?

CAFFERTY: Who? I don't know. I have no idea.

QUEST: Well, if you were to replace, people said they would like to see instead of anybody else, they wanted to see the British footballer, now playing for Spain, David Beckham.

CAFFERTY: Ah, all right.

QUEST: So, we'll show you what that looks like. This is David...

CAFFERTY: Well, you've got to admit, he's a little better looking than the queen.

QUEST: Well, he's got a few less wrinkles and his hair probably is a little more permed than her majesty's. CAFFERTY: That's part of it.

QUEST: Also, the people said who they wanted to see was Winston Churchill.


QUEST: They said Shakespeare. They wouldn't mind seeing him. They did not want the British prime minister, Tony Blair, although I have to say there is absolutely no danger of that happening.


QUEST: Personally -- personally, I think this 10 pound note is the best one. This one, of course, has my good self.

CAFFERTY: Oh, please! With that picture, it's a 2 pound note.

QUEST: I think it's got a certain charm. It's a distinctive -- can't you see it?