Flack: Flack's Week

Mummy bloggers were dismayed to find this week that PR agencies aren't all that forward thinking when it comes to dealing with the icky subject of babies. At a recent event held by an unnamed agency, bloggers were asked to sign a contract to agree to leave the room if their baby cried, or - heaven forbid - needed any 'related activities including breastfeeding' ...

There's been many a political surprise this week, but none quite so eyebrow raising as ex-Gordon Brown spad Damian McBride's engorged love letter to Luther Vandross on his blog. In copy that reads like an outtake from American Psycho, McBride pays tribute to Vandross' smooth hits, and reveals it all started when as a 14-year-old he had a crush on a fellow pupil. 'I bought her a bottle of Ysatis perfume and said I'd got us two tickets to see Luther at Wembley Arena,' recalls the former hard man of Downing Street. 'She accepted the perfume but declined the ticket. I took my mum instead ...'

Cicero chief corporate counsel Iain Anderson has revealed the secret to remaining unflappable on camera. In a recent interview with HuffPost TV, he maintained his usual sharp shirt and tie for camera, but was wearing his slippers. 'It was very late,' reasoned the eternally chilled out Anderson ...

And finally, prize for the daftest PR event of the week goes to Octopus, which held a press party for 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' last week. Yo ho ho and a bottle of Pinot Grigio, anyone?

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