The Punt: Nespresso's work of art as ambassador announced
Celebrity chef Kevin Thornton has been appointed as an ambassador for Nespresso.
The announcement, circulated yesterday, has some beautifully crafted quotes, giving the public a profound insight into Thornton's daily existence.
"My day starts with a Nespresso at home," Thornton, pictured, proclaimed.
"I have my favourites and enjoy an intense espresso to start the day and then a longer drink such as the Fortissio Lungo later in the morning.
"I like the consistently good quality and the fact that the coffee is sustainably and ethically sourced. That's important to me in all aspects of business," he emphasised.
There was also plenty of flowery gourmet speak.
"The Grand Crus have a superior quality and carefully developed range of intensities and flavours.
"Nespresso ensures that I can offer my customers a consistently good quality coffee that suits their coffee preference from a robust Ristretto Intenso to a lighter Lungo Leggero. It allows us to be bespoke with our coffee menu," Thornton said.
Then there was this beauty from Nespresso.
"Nespresso's expertise in sourcing the highest quality coffee beans and delivering an exceptional coffee experience complements the work of internationally renowned chefs who bring the highest standards of provenance, taste and quality to the dining experience. It is a perfect pairing of gastronomic excellence."
MILLSTONES AND MILESTONES
The Punt is not a stickler for grammar and spelling. All that tedious laughing at other people's errors always strikes the Punt as rather vulgar; none of us is perfect and who has not split an infinitive from time to time without causing the sky to fall in? Let he who has not sinned and all that.
Still, we could not resist a smirk when reading David Duffy's resignation letter to Michael Noonan.
The AIB chief executive lists several achievements such as "approval for our restructuring plan from the European Commission, and passing the ECB comprehensive stress tests" but then goes on to ruin the self congratulation by referring to them as "milstones".
The Punt assumes Duffy meant milestones.
Certainly, it would be difficult to describe either as a millstone although the long wait for the results from both tests must have often seemed wearisome.
The Punt can only assume that Noonan's reply was written by a civil servant; it certainly contains none of his trademark wit or grace.
It begins with a civil service "acknowledgement" of the letter "which deals with your recent resignation" and goes on to thank Duffy for his praise of Department of Finance officials.
The response to Duffy's offer to help out from time to time can only be described as cool.
"I also appreciate the kind offer of your future support and I will certainly keep this in mind."
The Punt has received many a brush off over the years from Noonan and others but rarely one so silky and non-committal.
GILMORE BUYS INTO HIBERGENE
Earlier this month, a spin-out from Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, HiberGene Diagnostics, announced it had raised €2m in funding. The company has developed molecular tests for detecting infections such as Meningococcal Meningitis.
The company is based in Dublin and secured €500,000 from Kernel Capital via the Bank of Ireland MedTech Accelerator Fund. Enterprise Ireland and private investors stumped up the remainder.
Among those who have injected funds into the health firm are the co-founder of OpenHydro, Brendan Gilmore, the well-known financier. His daughter Jennifer, a doctor, has also invested in HiberGene.
Others who've backed HiberGene include the Spollen family behind the Castle Paints business in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
New Yorker Alan Repko has also invested. He moved his telecommunications firm - and himself - to Ireland in the 1980s. He featured in a 'New York Times' piece on the upmarket Dublin suburb of Dalkey, in 2013, where he was selling his home.