DIARY: Goldstein glitz gets the party started

It was a full house last week at Newscast CEO Stewart Goldstein's annual party. The event was held at his Footballers' Wives-style mansion in Southgate, complete with 12ft snooker table and built-in champagne bar.

Both Diageo PR chief Ian Wright and former Edelman international boss Alison Canning were among the in-house and consultancy PROs who were keeping the residents of N14 awake.

For those who have been wondering what Canning has been up to since she was ousted by former mentor Richard Edelman last year, she was heard telling one guest: 'I am writing a novel.'

Canning, still in the early stages of her literary career, continued: 'I don't have a publisher yet, but I have the ability to write and the discipline to sit at a computer for 15 hours on end.' A publisher can only be a step away, then.

Incidentally, Goldstein has a framed PRWeek front page in his toilet recalling the day back in 1993 when, as a young PRWeek snapper, he was taken hostage by an armed faction during the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Goldstein was there to drum up publicity for an aid organisation, and his exploits gave rise to the not-matched-since headline: 'PRWeek photographer in daring escape from Mostar.'

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