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Richard Glover: Lifestyles of the (not so) rich and famous

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At the traffic lights the other day, I was next to a young man in a very expensive car. It was a Maserati, as it happened. I had the chance to see the brand name as he accelerated away from my battered Hilux ute.

Perhaps he felt a surge of sympathy for me, this middle-aged fellow in a car worth a little south of $10,000. (Actually, I've just looked up my car online. I cannot bring myself to report its tragic real value.)

I'd love the Maserati Man to know what everyone else thinks of him. Credit:Hannah Elliott

Here's the thing: I'd love the Maserati Man to know what everyone else thinks of him. Small penis, obviously. But also: "Must have rich and indulgent father." Or, alternative theory: "Drug dealer."

Perhaps this is unfair. He may be a 25-year-old scientist whose breakthrough malaria drug will save millions of lives, as well as providing the inspiration for an innovative start-up due to be listed on the New York stock exchange. His one passion – aside from working in the lab day and night helping humanity – is this one, good, car.

Yeah, maybe. But it's not, we assume. We live in Australia. When it comes to the ostentatious rich we assume the very worst.

I'd just like him to be able to overhear the thought-bubbles that float through the air as he........

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