a well chosen metaphor

Sometimes the news throws up some examples of excellent writing. Today was one of those days. The first paragraph of a story about the dire economic fortunes of Waterford Wedgwood, ends with a rather amazingly well chosen metaphor.

In the end, if this is the end – and Killian Murphy believes that it’s the end – neither Vera Wang’s Grosgrain plates nor Barbara Barry’s Musical Chairs teacups nor Jasper Conran’s pretty peacocks on green chinoiserie place settings could save Waterford Wedgwood PLC from shattering like crystal stemware on an unyielding kitchen floor.

If you care about the particulars of the news, as opposed to just the metaphor, you can find the full story here.


3 thoughts on “a well chosen metaphor

  1. We visited the Waterford factory when we were in Ireland last year and were really disappointed. I was hoping to see some really cutting edge design, but everything on show looked like it had been designed in the 1970s. Some of the Wedgewood was a bit more stylish, but really the whole place looked like it had been caught in a time warp. And there were far too many staff, who kind of followed you around trying to sell you things. We bought a crystal star for the Xmas tree, which we’d planned to do, and Sandra bought something for her mother (who is 87). We had money to spend (our $$ was very good on the Euro at the time) but couldn’t see anything we’d give houseroom to.


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