Flack's Week: 17 February

Flack attended the PR Academy awards with Ken Livingstone, caught a lady from Kaizo with her pants down and heard tales of an enthusiastic Peter Bingle

Ken Livingstone: panned PR for taking politics away 'from the ugly people'
Ken Livingstone: panned PR for taking politics away 'from the ugly people'

Accolades were handed out to graduates of the PR Academy last week. Not able to attend the event because of root canal treatment, CIPR CEO Jane Wilson missed a speech by mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone, who praised PR for its role in winning the Olympics for London but panned it for taking politics away 'from the ugly people'. Right on, comrade ...

There were blushes all round at Kaizo's journalist drinks last Thursday. Firstly, Kaizo boss Rhodri Harries jokingly complained when the pies he had requested for the catering turned out to be mini-quiches. 'This isn't what our brand is about at all,' he sighed. And then a female consultant was accidentally caught with her pants down while seated on the lav. Lock the door next time, love ...

Bell Pottinger Public Affairs supremo Peter Bingle was a surprise face at a Labour fundraiser last week. The Tory-flavoured lobbyist was spotted enthusiastically hobnobbing with Hazel Blears, Caroline Flint and Jim Murphy at a Labour Defence Dinner. Does this point to a political change of heart Peter?...

A row over the husband of a Yorkshire and Humber MEP attempting to take the seat of his outgoing wife has had implications for Hanover boss Charles Lewington. Stewart Arnold declined the post after being accused of nepotism - leaving the seat open for Hanover's Rebecca Taylor. 'It's an unusual way of losing a consultant, but our loss is the Lib Dems' gain,' said Lewington...

Flack in Pictures

The Channel 4 press team treated Victoria Station to this vision in pink when they hired a model to dress up in an over-the-top wedding dress to celebrate the new series of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Controller of press and publicity Jane Fletcher was up for wearing the 12-stone dress but conveniently scheduled an interview with PRWeek at exactly the same time... read here.

Clarion Communications' Lucy Varah and Alison Crowley appeared to be 'the droids we're looking for', as these Star Wars stormtroopers opened Vue Cinemas' new Xtreme screen auditorium in Plymouth - where cinemagoers took in the new 3D version of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

Hope&Glory unleashed the (non-identical) Cupid twins for client O2's Valentine's Day celebrations. Cupid and sidekick Cockney Cupid filmed YouTube messages that people sent in via Twitter for their sweethearts. According to the agency, the two boys were said to have 'satisfied every request made of them'...


(Saving) on Expenses - Fish & Grill, Putney, London SW15



Reviewer James Gilheany, account director, Speed Communications.

What is it good for?

This is a top-notch place for good quality meat dishes. It's great for lunches and the portions aren't so big that you will be struggling for the rest of the afternoon. The staff are helpful and really know the menu inside out.

Signature dish

With a red meat steak you won't go far wrong. If you want something a little lighter, then the partridge breast is a good option.

Who's the boss?

Malcolm John, who set up the restaurant to form a part of his range of venues including Le Cassoulet, Le Vacherin and Brasserie Vacherin.

Tips please

The staff seem to genuinely care about the food they are serving and will give you the best tips.

What's the damage?

Lunch is reasonably priced at around £14 for two courses. Due to the quality of the meat, dinner is a little pricier at around £25 for two courses. Wine and other drinks are average London prices.

Fish & Grill, 200-204 Putney Bridge Road, London SW15 2NA, 020 8246 4140.

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