With winter suits about to once again be taken out of mothballs, it
is time to indulge in a little summer nostalgia. We all know Tony Blair
spent his summer break in Tuscany, but where did the great and the good
of the PR world while away their precious holiday?
Most agency bosses seem to have opted for boring, but safe options.
Shandwick European CEO Michael Murphy was to be found sunning himself at
his cottage two hours from Toulouse, while Hill and Knowlton UK chief
executive David McLaren was also in southern France.
Citigate Dewe Rogerson financial and corporate managing director
Jonathan Clare is a smidgin more adventurous. He is about to set off on
what he calls a ’walking for softies’ holiday in the Pyrenees, which
seems to involve luggage-carriers and copious amounts of home-cooked
For more way-out holidays, I had to venture lower down the ranks.
Smithfield Financial’s intrepid consultant Nicholas Bastin, for example,
is about to venture to Uzbekistan to experience the shrinking Aral Sea.
Makes a change from the Med, anyway.
Meanwhile, West Midlands Arts communications chief Martin Turner spent a
week at ’Love Europe’, a Christian conference in Belgium - more fun than
you might think, apparently.
But before you despair of ever wearing your flip-flops again, spare a
thought for Thames Water corporate communications head Jonathan Russell,
whose only holiday has been an executive conference at Chewton Manor in
good old Blighty.