Blog debate calmed at Nicholas farewell

There was barely a dry eye in the house at the leaving do for PRWeek stalwart Kate Nicholas earlier this week.

Among those who convened in Haymarket's boardroom to bid our associate publisher a fond farewell were The Outside Organisation CEO Alan Edwards, Reuters' Simon Walker, Tulchan's Dominic Fry, Firefly duo Mark Mellor and Claire Walker, plus Hill & Knowlton's Andy Laurence.

Two guests who had not counted on bumping into each other were Edelman Europe CEO David Brain and CIPR director-general Colin Farrington, who are at loggerheads (by correspondence) over the importance of blogging to the PR sector.

To recap, Brain's ire was triggered a few weeks ago by an article penned by Farrington in the CIPR's Profile magazine, in which he seemed to play down the importance of blogging, writing: 'If there are any good blogs still around in six months I'll come back to it.'

The duo have since exchanged letters and blog postings on the topic. Brain (who is very much pro-blogs) recently claimed Farrington was 'cheerfully deploying the sixth-form debating tactic of mischaracterising the argument against him.'

As the wine flowed, Diary thought it best to introduce the pair. The result? They have 'agreed to disagree', reports Brain, adding: 'Colin is much nicer in the flesh than he is in correspondence'.

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