Diary: Scaling new heights as far as fishy tales go

On Wednesday night, as the great and good of the media world gathered to eat seafood canapes within feet of sharks and rays at Shire Hall’s summer bash at the London Aquarium, one journalist looked distinctly ill at ease.

On Wednesday night, as the great and good of the media world

gathered to eat seafood canapes within feet of sharks and rays at Shire

Hall’s summer bash at the London Aquarium, one journalist looked

distinctly ill at ease.



’We got a call from a journalist to say that she wanted to come to the

party but were there any octopuses?’ said Shire Hall media officer Nigel

Campbell. ’It seems she is absolutely terrified of them. The London

Aquarium said it was one of the most bizarre questions they had been

asked but offered to put up a screen.’



But Mr Sensitivity-Campbell thought he would try some amateur aquarium

aversion therapy and popped a life-like plastic ollie in the post.

Surprisingly, the journo recovered in time to attend only to find that

the Aquarium’s prize octopus was ’on holiday’.



So who is the red-faced journo with the world’s weirdest phobia - only

PR Week’s own deputy ed Kate Nicholas, who has since developed an

aversion to jiffy bags.



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