In fairness, the Rolling Stones guitarist would definitely be out of a job if he lost his hands. So it was a shrewd move on his part to protect his chord-playing appendages in the event of a hedge-trimming or tree-felling catastrophe. The insurance package covers both hands and, when asked about the policy, he waved his arms and said: “These are my business.”

Published in The Nation newspaper on 13-Mar-2013