Diary: A fond farewell to Politicos bookshop

Lobbyists, spin doctors and all manner of politically aware PROs across London were in sombre mood last Friday as Politicos, the Westminster political bookshop, closed its doors for the last time.

Politicos is to operate solely as an internet/mail-order bookseller, the shop's closure the victim of factors such as a 'huge' rent rise, 'extra national insurance costs' and, er, the congestion charge, according to MD Iain Dale.

Within the lobbying world, Chris Guyver, Quintus Public Affairs MD, has been one of Politicos' regular customers down the years.

PRWeek phoned to ask whether Guyver was planning a valedictory visit but, alas, the man himself was across the Pond in the US last Friday.

We tracked him down to an airport in Texas, where he was reading a biography of Lyndon Johnson, 'yes, purchased in Politicos!', while waiting for his flight.

'I'm a political junkie,' admits Guyver, who says he visited the Artillery Row shop 'at least once a week'.

'I'll have to buy my books in cyberspace from now on,' he reflects.

Dale himself was in Norfolk on closing day. 'It's quite sad,' he tells PRWeek, adding that he couldn't bear to be in the store as the last customers filed out.

The watery eyes have it.

Sex and the City's hair-raising finale As the politically inclined PR souls mourn Politicos' closure, those at the fashionista end of PR's colourful spectrum are lamenting the end of Sex and the City.

The final episode will be broadcast on Channel 4 today (Friday) and one PRO definitely set to be watching is Narelle Craig, global comms manager at Charles Worthington. The hairdressing empire's New York salon features in Friday's episode - as does Craig herself, who will be seen in the show tending to the locks of sex siren PRO Samantha's hunky boyfriend Smith.

PRWeek's spy reveals that Craig 'was told off by the director for talking too much' during filming, but that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience regardless.

But as the series comes to an end, how on earth will the fashion bunnies across PR-land get their TV kicks? Answers on a postcard.

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