The traditional leaving front page is generally knocked up in a spare half hour by some wags on the subsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ desk.
Not so at The Guardian, where readersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ editor Ian Mayes was treated to a fourpage supplement in honour of his departure from the job after 10 years Ã¢â‚¬”hundreds of copies of which were distributed around the Farringdon Road offices.
Much mirth is made in the tribute of the way Mayes used the readersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ editor billet Ã¢â‚¬’which one would imagine might have been a deskbound one Ã¢â‚¬’to enjoy a series of exotic foreign trips, largely thanks to his position as President of the Organisation of Newspaper Ombudsmen.
As editor Alan Rusbridger says on the front page: Ã¢â‚¬Å“His bosses at the newspaper had no idea that the kindly old snowhaired former sub-editor had suddenly developed an urge to explore the world.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“So it was that at the age of 83, Sir Iann (correct) set out on his first voyage of discovery. Travelling under the guise of a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlecturer on newspaper ethicsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ he set off to explore Italy, Portugal, Spain and Germany Ã¢â‚¬’returning many months later with stories of his journeys.Ã¢â‚¬