Comms chiefs brave a choppy Channel

Sub-editors had great fun this week sticking headlines atop the story of the Brittany Ferries ship that 'was hit by a freak 35ft wave' while crossing the English Channel: 'Ferry, very frightening!' shouted The Sun, while the Daily Mail described 'terror for holiday Britons'.

But such headlines were the last thing Diary needed to see after spending three fun-filled but choppy nights last week aboard luxury vessel the Oriana for the annual Communication Directors' Forum.

Despite the rough seas between Southampton and Guernsey, there was plenty of gossip to keep spirits up, with AAR head of PR Alex Young in characteristically robust form, regaling folk with an amusing tale of shenanigans overheard in the toilets.

Coca-Cola EU strategic comms director Jonathan Chandler was spotted wearing shades, indoors, on the final morning. Cohn & Wolfe (and GCI) UK chief Jonathan Shore, meanwhile, was chipper throughout, having spent much of the final night downing bitter lemons (honestly) with Diary.

Shore fully deserved his retro soft beverage, having given one of the more inspired presentations the previous day, using a metaphor of a pushmi-pullyu (fictional breed of antelope in the Doctor Dolittle novels) to illustrate 'changing agency models'. Inspired stuff.

For a full report on the conference see next week's PRWeek.

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