Flack's week

A Portland director sent an intriguing email to his colleagues last Thursday, calling on them to perform an office tidy-up.

However, the leaked email contained the rather startling line: 'We want it to look more like the Dignitas Clinic; less like Jimi Hendrix's bedroom.' The director has since revealed you could now 'eat your dinner off the desks'. Thanks, but we'll give that a miss ...

The PRCA upped the ante and the temperature at its last comms schmooze-fest. In the red glow of London's Rose Club, those attending were given an eye-opening performance by dancers whose act was somewhere between ballet and burlesque. The evening's crowd were also treated to a selection of macaroons, leading certain members to demand a repeat attendance at the club ...

New Culture Secretary Maria Miller comes with her very own PRWeek back story. In 2000, PRWeek's diary page reported that Miller, then a board director at Rowland Company, appeared in a Conservative Party political broadcast, allegedly trying to pass herself off as a 'disgruntled Labour voter'. Miller then played down the suggestion, claiming: 'An old friend asked if I would appear and I agreed.' Beware, future secretaries of state, the curse of Flack will get you in the end ...

And finally, former Starbucks comms man Jim Godfrey was surprised to welcome a new follower on Twitter: 'Always nice to welcome a new follower but why Kent Chlamydia Tests? Why?' You tell us, Jim ...

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