There is life after being a Daily Telegraph foreign correspondent, after all.
Axegrinder can report what three of those sacked by foreign editor Con Ã¢â‚¬Å“The TerminatorÃ¢â‚¬ Coughlin are up to, and they all seem to be thriving. Take former Paris correspondent Colin Randall, for instance.
He had given the paper more than 20 years of sterling service and was one of the paperÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most successful and prolific bloggers. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remained on in gay-Paree and is selling his stories here, there and everywhere Ã¢â‚¬’ and has even managed to develop a loyal following on The GuardianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website.
Axegrinder hears on the grapevine that Randall was offered a lucrative job by Paul Dacre to help run the Daily Mail newsdesk. (Does it need strengthening, you may well ask?)
But for someone whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d done most jobs on the Telegraph Ã¢â‚¬’ including many newsdesk shifts Ã¢â‚¬’ before being booted out, going to Derry Street for such a demanding role, wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exactly his idea of fun. And who can blame him, anyway?