A shock-horror revelation in the Telegraph's obit of the Fleet Street reporter and columnist, Ross Benson:

Despite Benson's urbane, metropolitan image, he was always thoroughly professional. When given a foreign assignment, his first act was always to visit a bookshop to buy material about the theatre he was being asked to cover; he would spend much of the flight to his destination immersed in his books so that he would arrive fully informed.

UPDATE: In case anyone thinks I'm knocking Benson, I'm not. Anyone who sticks his neck out in Afghanistan gets my vote. Here's how the Guardian records his calm in the thick of battle:

Under fire from Russian helicopter gunships as he huddled for shelter with the mujahideen in Afghanistan, he turned to his photographer and sighed: "On the whole, you know, I'd rather be in Annabel's."

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