Gamblers' gospel no protection

Everyone is a player in the game of life and intervention from the hand of fate is never predictable.

The higher the stakes the greater the gamble and more predictably the fateful wrath of irony, some natural law of life which seems to apply at the most inopportune time.

According to the gamblers gospel which is so aptly espoused by Kenny Rogers in The Gambler: "You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run...."

Federal Minister for IT, Senator Alston, obviously wasn't humming this tune when he unexpectedly came upon the Computerworld offices last week.

He didn't even know he was dropping by, it was the cruel winds of fate that blew him our way.

As the magazine's deadline was looming, journalists were busy filing stories when the Senator appeared in the office, sheepishly lingering behind the closed door at the main entrance.

This reporter was stunned, a thousand unanswered questions and he simply appears in the foyer on a news day and in person. What a bonus!

It soon became abundantly clear this was no time to question the mysteries of life, it was a moment of good fortune providing ample opportunity to make a move.

Upon approach the Senator's trusty senior adviser thanked this journalist for allowing them to use the office and explained they were trying to avoid a media scrum outside - they just "ducked in" for a few minutes (after a DubSat launch upstairs) and would move on when the coast was clear.

In the skip of a heartbeat the runaways were happily informed by yours truly that they were in the foyer of IDG Communications and "we produce lots of IT publications, what a coincidence".

As this reporter's questions began, the Senator made his move...out to the media scrum. As Kenny Rogers says: "You gotta know when to walk away, know when to run ..."

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