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Pipe in hand

In a short play performed at the fifth birthday party of the European Research Council last week, Ernst Winnacker, the agency’s first secretary general, appeared as himself, smoking a pipe and reminiscing on the ERC’s early days. Winnacker played up the pipe-lighting ritual—it looked like he’d just lit up in the hall, like the Rolling Stones used to when they first encountered the smoking ban. Luckily, Winnacker kept within the law—while confirming that all tales of ERC discord which he publicly denied at the time, were in fact true.

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