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
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.