E-K, who blogs with a regularity that South West Trains can only envy, invites comments on his blog to a quote from Esther Rantzen: "I would rather have ten minutes with my late husband than ten more years of life."
I wondered what her children and grandchildren would make of it.
However; what would the idle readership choose if granted a bonus ten minutes? Maybe a chance meeting with a young and impecunious Bill Gates, and saying "fair enough, I think you might be onto something, I'll give you ten grand for ten percent".
Or to be a junior A&R man at Decca and pipe up with "are you sure guitar bands have had their day? What are they going to buy instead - Val Doonican? I say we should sign them".
Or Hirohito's stand-in valet perhaps: "surrender with honour, Sir, but best do it today".
In truth, Idle would like ten minutes back at any stage in January 2000, with someone he trusted and admired saying: "sell all those tech stocks and buy a few small flats in Chelsea".