Flack: Flack's Week

Sources at Portland's networking event in Eight Moorgate members' club last week revealed new recruit Alastair Campbell has recorded a 100 per cent pitch success rate - although he's only taken part in two pitches so far.

One source also revealed he is less open to cheeky comments from junior staff members than fellow big-name staffer George Pascoe-Watson, and has already issued some unfortunate youngsters with his 'death stare' ...

LOCOG's director of comms and public affairs Jackie Brock-Doyle addressed delegates at last week's AMEC conference in Dublin via a video link. She began by joking that when asked to speak via video, she immediately thought about a scene from spoof TV series Twenty Twelve where the technology proved a step too far. But halfway through her speech, the backdrop behind her collapsed, and one of her team crept on to remove it in a humorous example of life imitating art ...

Later that day, Tim Marklein, practice leader tech & analytics at WCG, was trying to define 'geek chic' to an international audience. He spotted Philip Sheldrake, chair of the CIPR's measurement and evaluation group and partner at Meanwhile, and said 'like Philip'. How rude ... It seems Flagship and US partners Peppercom aren't having a laugh when it comes to being funny. The agencies have organised a 'comedy experience evening' to train PROs in how to be better at their jobs. This probably doesn't include knock-knock jokes at pitches ...

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