Flack: Nowhere to hide

In the age of Twitter, PROs have nowhere to hide. The Department of Communities and Local Government found this out, thanks to Daily Mail political hack Kirsty Walker.

'Hello? Anyone there at DCLG? It is 40 minutes since I last spoke to the answer machine in the press office,' she tweeted angrily. The Sun's David Wooding suggested a new nickname for the department: 'Don't Call - Let's Go home.' Ouch! ...

Mustard PR had a shock this week when a strange Google alert came through. Intrigued as to why Mustard should be name-checked by Nigerian PR agency STREAMZ, MD Andrew Durkin discovered the agency had copied Mustard's client testimonials to its website, replacing the agency name with its own. But the Mustard PR name slipped through once. Durkin is 'looking at options' ...

PR couple Karl and Sarah Brookes shunned the delights of the North West CIPR Awards on 18 November. Instead, Sarah, head of public affairs at Manchester Airports Group, gave birth to their son, Adam, watched over by Karl, head of comms for NHS Salford. Adam was born exactly as mum's anti-aviation tax campaign picked up a Gold Award for campaign of the year. Double congrats! ...

Edelman is showing its festive side. As well as forming its own 'pantomime party band', led by consultant Matt Churchill (pictured), it has uploaded a festive ringtone to the agency website. Crazy Frog had better watch out ...

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