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Davos diary: day one

Incredibly cold temperatures, a bland lunch with Fifa, and a disgusting soundbite from the head of BT. Not quite what I'd expected

By Gideon Rachman   February 2006

Wednesday 25th January

Why is Davos in Davos? I can see there are certain inherent advantages to the place. It is pretty remote – three hours’ drive from Zurich airport and halfway up a mountain. This serves to discourage interlopers; the anti-globalisation crowd seem to have more or less thrown in the towel this year. It’s also beautiful – if your tastes run to Alpine peaks. And it is reasonably compact; most of the hotels are within trudging distance of the congress centre. But it is incredibly cold. The weather gauge outside my hotel read -11 degrees when I…

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