When media training people, it's sometimes a challenge to convey exactly what might be considered quotable, or a soundbite in common parlance.  You know... not too long, not too short. Punchy. Insightful. Possibly controversial. Maybe funny.

In fact, Wikipedia just informs me that Mark Twain described the concept as "a minimum of sound to a maximum of sense".

Well, Paul Gambaccini is obviously expert at it. Of all the tributes paid to Michael Jackson today, his in the one that has stuck with me. Not verbatim, it went something like this on Radio 4's Today programme:

There will only be one Michael Jackson. His life was in three parts. The Jackson Five years. The incredible Quincy Jones albums. And then the years as a freak.

RIP Michael.

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