DIARY: If it’s good enough for Blair, then it’s good enough for PR’s Bland

Does this story sound familiar? An older father and a birth at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital?

Does this story sound familiar? An older father and a birth at

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital?



Well, a week after the arrival of the decade’s most celebrated baby,

crisis management consultant Michael Bland got first-hand experience of

what its like to be Tony Blair when his fiancee Julia gave birth to

their daughter Freya at Chelsea and Westminster.



’We waited until the Blairs had produced Leo in the same hospital the

week before to check that everything was okay, and have a practice run

for the real celebrity,’ he quips.



No doubt his crisis management skills have been put into practice since

the birth, with a crashed computer and a busted boiler arriving soon

after Freya.



But even Michael, 56, admits: ’I did have a small moment of panic when

they put her on the scales and they said 3.37kg. It seems that under

European regulations even babies have to be weighed in metric these

days.’



For those readers who are still patriotic about the measuring system

they use, that means a fairly hefty seven pounds in imperial terms.



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