Diary: It's only rock and roll but they like it

Lexis PR boss Hugh Birley and Carrot MD Richard Houghton again made a fine job of presenting the PRCA's Annual Benchmarking results last Thursday.

While Houghton wowed delegates with his uncanny facial resemblance to Ketchum London CEO David Gallagher (spotted listening intently in the audience), Birley raised eyebrows after speculation spread (only to PRWeek) that he was 'suffering a raging hangover'.

Our Lexis source reveals that the night before Birley had been to see The Fabulous Thunderbirds - a band he used to plug in the 1980s - perform and had 'hung out' with them afterwards until the early hours.

The source adds: 'I'm not surprised he did a good job - his presentations are often better when he's hungover.'

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