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BT's new chairman has admitted that he will be suffering first day nerves when he starts work at the monster telco tomorrow.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph Sir Christopher Bland said: "I would be foolish if I did not feel a slight tightening.

"The adrenaline is going to be flowing rapidly," he said.

If that's the case it would be prudent, perhaps, for Sir Chris to be handed the key to the executive washroom as soon as he arrives at BT's offices in the centre of London. Oh, and make sure there's plenty of soap.

And perhaps his new aides could ensure there's a bottle of cognac to hand for an early morning snifter just to steady the nerves.

Of course, Sir Chris will have to be on his guard - and that's not just because London could be under siege from anti-capitalism demonstrators keen to voice their abhorrence of the corporate world.

BT is an organisation well known for its jokers. Even now they'll be dusting off those old pranks ready to welcome the new boy.

You know he kind of thing - "Can you go to the stores for a long weight (wait, long wait geddit?); a left-handed screwdriver; or some striped paint."

Asked what Sir Chris would be up to on his first day of work, a spokesman for BT sad: "He will be familiarising himself with the logistics and general set-up at BT, as well as taking the opportunity to meet members of the executive committee."

What? Not solving the company's £30 billion debt problem? Slacker. ®

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