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Apprentice week 5 - modern art

Just a brief summary of week 5, in which the teams had to choose an artist and then sell their work.

I thought the wrong person got fired.  The two teams both chose the same artist, and so it was down to the artist to select which team to work with.  Saira and Raj had visited the artist, and there was absolutely no connection - all they talked about was money - and Saira's follow-up phone call was quite hopeless.  On the other team, James did a brilliant job of schmoozing, and of course they chose his team (First Forte) to represent them.

Their was a brief moment of tension when it appeared that the less expensive paintings that Impact took (as their second choice were easier to sell), but in the end it was a clear victory (at last) for First Forte.

Matthew and Paul were both uncomfortable dealing with modern art, but it's hard to see what relevance that has to working with Alan Sugar.  I'd have fired Saira for failing to understand the importance of building up a rapport with the artist, but project manager Rachel didn't even bring her back - which looked an awful lot like a case of female solidarity.

Mind you, Matthew came up with a splendid excuse for not being able to sell - it was all because he is so tall and can't hear what people are saying.  He also seem resigned to his fate, thinking it was simply a matter of time before he was fired, so in that sense maybe Rachel chose well.  However, Sugar really should have given her a hard time for not bringing back Saira.   

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