The Virgin empire's bearded boss is to chuck in the towel following his disappointment over losing the West Coast Main Line bid. Now penniless, he plans to spend the remainder of his days selling cut price LPs by mail order from a bed-sit.
"I am so depressed. I know it won't make a bean, but it's all I feel like doing," moped the ageing ex-multi-millionaire. "I feel I've lost my midas touch. I'll never be rich again. It's so depressing."