Flack: Benenden Healthcare, tech hacks, pregnant Kate and Llama facts!

If you have recently pitched for Benenden Healthcare Society, do not get your hopes up - Flack has discovered that 23 agencies pitched to the healthcare provider and it has 'shortlisted' eight. 'Ridiculous and a true waste of agency time,' is how one candidate described it, safe in the knowledge they wouldn't get rumbled...

Twitter is rapidly becoming a meeting place for disgruntled tech hacks wishing to slag off PROs. This week, The Guardian's Charles Arthur witheringly complained of an email arriving from a PR company: '"Hi X" it begins. MailMerge, what hast thou wrought?'...

Flack fave Derek Draper featured in OK! magazine this month, snuggling up to pregnant wife Kate 'GMTV' Garraway. 'I find pregnant women quite sexy,' admitted Draper, but managed for once to remain tight-lipped about his feelings for Tory blogger Iain Dale...

There is a new animal on the Manchester PR scene - Llama PR. But it seems the agency's obsession with the South American camelid goes further. The website features a 'Llama facts' section that tells us: 'We spit when we're agitated, especially at our competitors' - so you've been warned: wear washable clothing if you are pitching against them. Staff even have their own Llama-esque titles, a concept that will sound familiar to staff at 3 Monkeys. 'Cheeky monkeys,' responded 3 Monkeys' head of consultancy Ali Gee.

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