Flack: Liam Gallagher, The Lady, Sleaze, and PRWeek Power Book!

News that mouthy Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is launching his own clothing label called Pretty Green has caused some consternation to Mark Stringer, MD of PR agency Pretty Green. 'People keep phoning and asking if they can speak to Liam,' complained Stringer yesterday, who was clearly not mad for it...

Primal PR has landed a brief to help relaunch that venerable magazine The Lady. The longest running women's weekly magazine, The Lady is now joining the modern age by going full-colour 'after 124 monochrome years'. 'It has never been more fashionable to join the W.I. or read The Lady,' claims Primal, a little dubiously...

Downing Street spinners have come up with a new formula to side-step those pesky sleaze stories, we hear. If journalists ask a question about an under-fire minister (such as Tony McNulty), they are told: 'We can't comment on their conduct as an MP.' But if someone is not a minister, Downing Street won't comment because they are 'merely an MP'. So says the Evening Standard's Paul Waugh, adding: 'Alastair Campbell would be proud.'...

Finally, the PRWeek Power Book 2009 is here! Flack enjoyed reading about PROs' fave journalists but was surprised to see Bell Pottinger's Peter Bingle plumping for The Guardian's David Hencke - just days after a Guardian story about Bingle being embroiled in a 'cash-for-access row' written by, er, David Hencke.

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