Nokia's Q2, 2011 figures are out. They are dreadful. And things are going to get worse - and then worse again. This once totemic company has now slid so far down the pole that it greased for itself that it's almost impossible to imagine that it can ever shin back up it. Martyn Warwick reports
I'll write a considered piece on this farrago tomorrow when I have had the time to analyse the figures properly. Until then I leave you with this:
THE NEW BOSSYMANDIAS: (or a lament for Nokia )
I met a traveller from a Nordic land
Who said: "Two vast and empty factories
Stand in the permafrost.
Near them on the slush
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose smirk of pearly whites
And command of the soundbite
Tell that its PR department well placed those deathly platitudes
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that wrote them and the dross it fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Steven Elop, CEO,
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair - as do my shareholders!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level tunrda stretches all the way to Redmond.
(Pace, Percy Shelley)
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