Flack: Good Ship Oriana, Bedfordshire elections, and flat cleaning!

Flack boarded the good ship Oriana alongside 150 PROs for the annual schmooze and booze-fest that is the Communications Directors Forum. One member of Budweiser brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev's comms team was said to be so enthused by his employer's product that he made good friends with his cabin's toilet bowl...

Those with hardier sea-legs, including CIPR president Kevin Taylor, West Ham head of corporate affairs Ian Tompkins, and MD of Edelman Financial Paul Lockstone, made the most of the on-board entertainment, propping up the bar until the small hours. A highlight for many included Lockstone's touching karaoke performance of Don't Go Breaking My Heart...

Regular Flack readers may recall that Pitch PR and Panic MD Ghislain Pascal is a town councillor in Ampthill (pop: 6,000). Now we hear his campaign continues apace, as he has launched a PR drive to stand as an independent candidate in the Central Bedfordshire Council elections. He is being supported by celeb chums Paul Young and Tamara Beckwith, not to mention the Duke of Bedford...

The media outrage around EDF director of corporate comms Andrew Brown being paid £6,577 by his brother Gordon to clean his flat led to a glowing reference of Andrew in The Daily Telegraph from former boss David Brain, said to be 'joint chief executive of Weber Shandwick'. Only six years out of date, then.

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