My congratulations go out to ReutersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ London-based correspondent Matt Cowan.
He was the first to congratulate and inform the British novelist Doris Lessing that she had won this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nobel Prize for literature.
Cowan had decided to do what all experienced hacks do Ã¢â‚¬’ he staked out the winnerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s West Hampstead home and caught her unawares as she stepped out of a black London cab carrying her shopping.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh Christ!Ã¢â‚¬ was her first reaction.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do you want to say something?Ã¢â‚¬ asked Cowan.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been going on for 30 years. What shall I say?Ã¢â‚¬