An awful, numbing sense of loss descended on Barry Osbourne at Amy Winehouse's funeral service yesterday, after he discovered he'd left his business cards at home.
For the ambitious music business impressario, this tragedy couldn't have come at a worse time.
Sobbing uncontrollably, with tears streaming down his face, Osbourne was inconsolable as he realised that he had lost an opportunity to network - the likes of which we may never see again.
Friends of Osbourne were quick to reassure him that he was perfectly entitled to cry and that he was only showing how much he cared about the business and how emotionally on-trend he was. 'Such an awful tragedy,' said one. 'We all felt for Barry. It could so easily have happened to one of us. There, but for the grace of god... and all that.'
Amy Winehouse represented many things to many people. For some, it was a straightforward cash transaction. To others, she generously gave them their first break in showbusiness by allowing them to pose as concerned friends. She presented others with a chance to emotionally grandstand, setting them up with easy opportunities to put on a magnificent display of moral exhibitionism.
'Everyone had an Amy Winehouse story. Except, perhaps, Amy Winehouse,' said Barry Osbourne. 'And the tragedy is, I never....sob.... got to circulate at her party and give out my business card. I'm pretty sure it's what she would have wanted."