Jimmy Burns (FT 1978-2009) 

Left, doorstepping Argentine foreign minister during the Falklands War

My rites of passage as a young journalist were exercised on April 2 1982, when I rang the foreign news desk from Buenos Aires in the first of a series of exchanges leading to our front-page story on the Argentine invasion of the Falklands. 

That the FT happened to be the only British newspaper with a full-time correspondent in the Argentine capital was pure luck. It stemmed from a lunch that FT editor Geoffrey Owen had had a few weeks earlier with a senior executive of British American Tobacco, who suggested Argentina was an important developing economy worthy of more coverage in the FT.