Would you like a peanut, Mr Tapner?

Air travel is hard enough at the best of times. It can play tricks with the mind, and on the eyes. Just ask UBS WarburgÆs star corporate financier, Rory Tapner.

It was supposed to be just another trip to Hong Kong. Heaven knows, Rory Tapner has made enough of them, given his role lead-advising PCCW in probably the years most significant deal. So when the joint global head of corporate finance boarded his BA flight from London to Hong Kong, all he was thinking of doing was putting his nose straight into a report.

However, it happened to be his birthday and he saw a birthday card on his seat. This was from his wife, wishing him a happy birthday, and promising that BA had a surprise for him.

Nothing happened for a while, and Tapner expected to see a cake...

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