Flack's week: 24 February

Flack was at the street-style launch of the PlayStation Vita, Nick Band is branching out into renting villas and Propeller took its work promoting condoms home...

Chris Moyles: the Xbox fan was at PlayStation's Vita launch
Chris Moyles: the Xbox fan was at PlayStation's Vita launch

The glitzy launch of PlayStation's Vita handheld device last week saw DJs Tim Westwood and Chris Moyles battle it out on the consoles at a pop-up shop on Oxford Street. But is this the same Moylesy who wrote in his second book that after a hard day in the studio he 'goes home and plays Xbox on his sofa, while wearing only his underpants'? Not only does he seem to have changed console allegiance, he was also (mercifully) fully clothed ...

Fresh from being forced by previous employers Citizen Brando to cease trading as Berlin, former chairman and speedy entrepreneur Nick Band has launched a fresh business concern. The venture is Villa Ella, a fourbedroom Provencal-style villa on the Costa Brava, available for rent, he helpfully adds, at very reasonable rates. Hopefully, there's no crossover with Brando's offer this time ...

As The Sun on Sunday was formally launched this week, the former Archbishops' Council director of comms Peter Crumpler issued a plea to journalists, asking the Big Man (not Rupert Murdoch) to inspire them to 'have wisdom, integrity, insight and judgement ... Help them to reach for the highest professional standards,' sermonised Crumpler. Amen to that ...

Propeller PR had a very raunchy Valentine's Day - handling b2b support at a launch party for Skyn - a signature condom that 'changes everything'. 'We were all given a few boxes to take home,' said account manager Helen Nassey. Careful you don't put your back out, Helen ...

Flack in pictures

Fashion darling Alice Temperley worked with Slam PR to bring together two worlds that one might not feel are natural bedfellows - that of high fashion and the good old Filofax. Still, Temperley, who created two Filofax designs, The Guinea and The Affair, seemed pleased.

It was egg on the face of whichever poor chocolate merchant dropped this while passing through Covent Garden on his way to market. Disposal teams were called as hordes of hungry shoppers had to be restrained from feasting on the sticky goo that spilled out. Then again, it could have been a neat publicity stunt by Pretty Green on behalf of Cadbury. The jury is truly out.

The team at Kaizo must have felt boxing clever after meeting up with man-mountain and former world heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis. He was in the UK working with agency client House of Marley - hence the not too inconspicuous headphones. Flack wonders whether if Steph MacLeod, left, and Paula Figgett, right, teamed up they might have a sporting chance of taking him down? ...

Flack: (saving) on expenses - Mennula, London W1

Reviewer: Ana Mangahas, head of business, Firefly Communications

What is it good for?
Fulfilling Italian dishes, served in an unpretentious but still pleasing atmosphere. The service is attentive but not obtrusive, so you can dine and discuss in relative calm.

Signature dishes
The Strozzapreti in a lamb ragout is a treat.
A closer inspection of the menu would also reveal items for the game-lover: my bet for next time is the Maltagliati egg pasta with braised wild boar from Somerset.

Who's the boss?
Sicilian-born Santino Busciglio is head chef. The restaurant has notched up several accolades, including Gordon Ramsay Best Restaurant 2010 recognition.

Tips please
The Charlotte Street location is abuzz with local flora and fauna, so if you like a bit of people-watching, book the lone window table. The space is not huge, so it is probably the wrong place to start taking a journalist through 40 slides of PowerPoint; too conspicuous.

What's the damage?
About £30-35 per person for a starter, main and glass of wine.

Mennula, 10 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2LT. 020 7636 2833.

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