DIARY: Separation of the sexes ensures there’s no Shaolin monkey business

The list of bizarre clients at Borkowski Press and PR continues to grow. Last month we reported on members of the team having to endure an eight-hour course in tortoise first aid.

The list of bizarre clients at Borkowski Press and PR continues to

grow. Last month we reported on members of the team having to endure an

eight-hour course in tortoise first aid.



The latest client is the Shaolin Monks, Chinese Buddhist ’soldier monks’

whose ancestors invented kung fu. The monks are in the UK for a

production entitled ’The Shaolin Wheel of Life’.



Problems started when account handler Sarah O’Brien arranged a press

briefing for journalists. She was informed by the show’s producer that

the arrangements were fine except that she could not attend as the monks

are not allowed to talk to or touch women in preparation for the

show.



So O’Brien brought in male freelancer Kevin Wilson to handle the trip

while she stayed at the office.



The Diary suggested that Sarah attend the show incognito as a rather

effeminate man, but her unwillingness to cut off her hair soon knocked

that idea on the head.



’It was quite embarrassing having to change the arrangements with

journalists but the monks take their vows very seriously - they meditate

three times a day and don’t drink or smoke. To them it is much more than

just a show,’ said O’Brien.



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