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AMD and Intel meet in lavatory
18 June 1999
It was five years ago today... Something a little off-the-wall to end the week: an uncomfortable encounter between chipcos at a Vulture Central anniversary bash at our old stomping ground in London's Maddox Street.
Those of you who were lucky enough - if lucky is the word - to visit our extensive suite of luxury premises in Mayfair will remember that the place was dangerously close to a kebab shop and three pubs. Which would explain the hilarious morning-after byline on this little piece of history:
By Cy Berspace
Published Friday 18th June 1999 16:34 GMT
It was our first year anniversary party last night. Don't ask most of us why, we're actually five years old in August, and we moved into Maddox Street in March last year. But a party's a party. Sure enough, folks from AMD and Intel tipped up but try as we might, we couldn't get them to stand together in a photograph. Imagine our surprise, then, when a Reg staffer found himself between two suits, one from AMD and one from Intel, in the lavatory at Cy in Maddox Street. Our staffer said he said: "Why don't you two just shake hands?" Trouble is, the hands were otherwise occupied...
We should point out for the record that said hands were otherwise occupied in "watering the plants". Any other interpretation of the phrase may result in litigation. ®