Flack: Ingham's Coalition, an agency reunion and a geek monkey

PRCA director-general Francis Ingham's tendency to the theatrical has been confirmed.

Coalition: Phil Jupitus plays Francis... Whitford
Coalition: Phil Jupitus plays Francis... Whitford

A new political comedy called Coalition has hit the Pleasance Theatre in Islington and features a strangely familiar character named Sir Francis Whitford. Whitford, a minister without portfolio, is played by Never Mind the Buzzcocks' Phil Jupitus. The play's author Robert Khan is a close personal friend of Ingham - we'll see how close they stay after opening night ...

Flack understands that Jackie Brock-Doyle has organised a big reunion party this week to mark Paragon Communications' would-be 25th anniversary. One ex-employee called it the 'defining PR agency of its era' before being 'snapped up' by Lord Chadlington. The agency launched the careers of David Brain, Mike Morgan, Tim Sutton, John Mahony, Tony McGarahan and countless others, including *cough* PRWeek's former editor Danny Rogers, while rumour has it that the charismatic founder Mike Hingston is coming to town especially for the event. Reunion o'clock! ...

Flack was taken aback when turning to page 55 of The Sun last Friday only to find former 3 Monkeys senior account executive Holly Smale promoting her novel. Smale claims the children's book, entitled Geek Girl, is semi-autobiographical. Let's hope some of her former simian companions get a look in ...

Lewis PR was only too happy to make Flack aware of a special visitor to the office, none other than the Diet Coke hunk.

The visit was a reward for winning a competition, apparently part of an HR initiative. But where are the Lewis boys?

Flack hears the Google party was the talk of Mobile World Congress, with performances by Florence + the Machine and Tinie Tempah.

Putting to bed none of the stereotypes of PR being one big party, the Dynamo team gained a front row spot courtesy of client (and number one Google app) SwiftKey at Barcelona club Razzmatazz. Google's Cookie Monster doughnuts also went down a storm ...

Press officers at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research were only too happy to share with Flack their bizarre foray into the Harlem Shake meme.


According to the blood cancer charity, the internet dance craze has led to a 'charity shake off' between themselves, Macmillan and Mencap. Uh-huh ...

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