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WHAT ARE YOU to make of the bid (if there is one) for Gold Fields from Ed­ward Pas­torini (if he ex­ists)? Should the Bloomberg news agency have pub­lished a re­port with­out check­ing? How could it sit on such an os­ten­si­bly hot story? And what, if any­thing, was the role of some uniden­ti­fied Gold Fields ex­ec­u­tive in leak­ing doc­u­ments?

Who knows the an­swers to any of those ques­tions? I cer­tainly don’t. And un­til the FSB, SEC, old un­cle Tom Cob­bleigh and all com­plete their in­ves­ti­ga­tions, I don’t ex­pect to be much the wiser.

But it all makes for lovely me­dia copy and I’m sorry The So­pra­nos is com­ing to an end.

How­ever spot­less Pas­torini’s char­ac­ter may be (again, if he ex­ists) his story would make a won­der­ful ba­sis for a TV se­ries.

Come to think of it, isn’t there an­other TV se­ries built around a group of con men (and women)? Well, they can have the idea too – and for free.

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