While we were still reeling at the news of Dave Flaschen's abrupt departure as head of Thomson Financial, still more astonishment came from the sudden drop in Reuters' share price the middle of last week.

In fact, we'd heard Flaschen's reign was about to end some weeks ago, so perhaps we weren't quite reeling. But we were flummoxed by the continuing saga over there at Thomson -- the fact that the Thomson presidency can't seem to be mastered, or held down for longer than two years. Maybe time

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