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Bill Gates is in London tomorrow (Friday) to publicise his book Business@ the Speed of Thought and preach to business leaders who lack his unique business acumen. The man who spawned the Great Satan of Software will be at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, W2 from noon onward - although entry to the oversubscribed book-signing event is by invitation only. The arrangements were confirmed today by staff at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. The Register was told about Billg Ates' visit earlier this week by PR bunnies at Text 100 who immediately slapped the Brotherhood of the Vulture with an oral NDA to keep mum about the visit after they let it slip in conversation. The promise of a ticket to the event -- and a copy of Ates' book -- never materialised. The Register, so it seems, did not make the grade after being told that the whole thing had been orchestrated from the US and that the invitation list had been thoroughly vetted in advance. There was nothing anyone in the UK could do about it, said an apologetic spokeswoman, although it is understood that a handful of UK print journalists will be there. No doubt the FT will be in the front row after serialising Ates' book in its pink bits prior to publication of the weighty tome. Ates' visit to London comes just weeks after another high-profile American, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, visited the UK to publicise her book. Let's hope Ates succeeds as well as she did. ®

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