Newcastle is just one of many which has had problems finding a director for its fearless, ground-breaking, innovative, etc zone. It has a tip-top man in place now, but only after advertising twice.
One high-quality international applicant was rejected out of hand - someone with management experience, used to nurturing the buds of growth and making things blossom, and with a tough line on standards - he knows one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel.
Admittedly, he's a cider farmer from Tasmania, Australia, approaching retirement and with no adult experience of education. But why hold that against him?
Quite how he saw the advert is a mystery, though we gather he originally hailed from Newcastle and "wanted to put something back into the area". He's certainly tenacious - when he didn't make it on to the shortlist he complained.
The Diary calls it an opportunity lost.