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Gates defiant:"I'm Still Standing"

"I just can't stop humming that song," says zillionaire.

Sydney, 18th November, 1997 -- Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft, yesterday told a group of Microsoft managers at a meeting that he had Elton John's 1983 classic 'I'm Still Standing' stuck in his head.

"I heard it on the radio on the way in and I've been singing it all day," Gates said. "Usually I listen to news radio or something like that, but I was feeling a little bummed out by this whole Department of Justice thing and so I thought I'd listen to KDFC's Non Stop Classic Rock while I cruised though Redmond's highways in my Lexus."

"I've always liked 'Nikita' better," said Steve Ballmer, executive vice president of sales and support for Microsoft, who had supplied the Oreos for the meeting. "KDFC's a great station, but. The other day, they played Neil Diamond's 'Crunchy Granola Suite'. That rocks."

While other members of the company's staff have continued discussions about their favourite Elton John song, Gates maintained that he couldn't stop singing that catchy song.

"Don't you know I'm still standing better than I ever did? Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid. I'm still standing after all this time. Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind," said Gates.

"I'm still standing, yeah yeah yeah," he added.

Neither Elton John nor Bernie Taupin, who penned the song for John's album Too Low For Zero, were available for comment.


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