No pain, no gain.
The world's rich and powerful - already bowed under the weight of their great responsibilities - were advised yesterday that they must learn to cope with yet another obligation.Berlusconi takes narcissism to a whole new level . . .
Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, told them it was their duty to follow his example and undergo cosmetic surgery.
His admonition to the opulent but wrinkly, the influential but hairless, came at his year-end press conference when he acknowledged for the first time that he had had a hair transplant in the summer after undergoing facial surgery last Christmas.
"Given the possibilities of today's cosmetic surgery, I think that those who can afford it have a duty to present themselves in the best possible way," the tycoon-turned-statesman told the press conference in Rome. "It's a form of respect." . . .
"I am very happy to have subjected myself to such pain. I think this should be regarded as an example. I now feel 40 to 42 years old in all aspects of my life."