Flack's Week: 22 June

Alastair Campbell's 100 per cent pitch success rate, LOCOG's Jackie Brock-Doyle's technical difficulties and PROs aren't funny. Nothing escapes Flack...

Alastair Campbell: 100 per cent pitch success rate
Alastair Campbell: 100 per cent pitch success rate

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 ...

Flack in pictures

For when the world of PR is getting too much and you have run out of cucumber slices to place over your eyes, the CIPR has introduced its own branded face masks. Apparently they double up as travel cards, too. Next up, the CIPR body massager complete with whale noises ...

But what? No, the comms team at London Fire Brigade haven't lost it - the word is French for 'goal'. The poster is one of a number being put up around London to encourage people on the way back from the pub post-Euro 2012 football to get a takeaway rather than drunkenly cook at home. And Flack thought it was supposed to be just us 'rosbif' who were terrible at the food thing ...

To mark its tenth anniversary, Performance PR sponsored two races at Sandown Park. The celebratory tone was dampened by the fact that winning the agency's Anniversary Handicap Stakes was the sombrely named outsider Solemn. That and the fact none of the guests had backed the winner. Reports that Joyful, Lucky and Partytime didn't make it to the first hurdle are as yet unconfirmed.


Flack: (Saving) on Expenses - Petersham Nurseries, Richmond



Reviewer: Jo Hartley, PR account director, Hills Balfour

What is it good for?

Benefiting from an 'informal yet luxurious' feel, the restaurant is surrounded by shabby chic garden furniture and is a quiet spot ideal for client lunches. The food has Middle Eastern influences while also drawing on European training.

Signature dishes

Expect to see dishes such as baby courgette flowers with dukkah and tomato shankleesh salad or grilled rabbit with chorizo, parsnip skordalia and grumolo verde. Desserts include lemon posset pavlova with labneh and crushed raspberries.

Who's the boss?

Petersham Nurseries, owned by Gael and Francesco Boglione, is set at the foot of their home, Petersham House. Greg Malouf has joined as executive chef for the summer.

Tips please

Book well in advance, as this is a popular spot for business and leisure lunches alike.

What's the damage?
Sample set lunch menus during the week offer three courses for £28.50.

Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AG. 020 8940 5230.

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