On Wednesday night, as the great and good of the media world
gathered to eat seafood canapes within feet of sharks and rays at Shire
Hall’s summer bash at the London Aquarium, one journalist looked
distinctly ill at ease.
’We got a call from a journalist to say that she wanted to come to the
party but were there any octopuses?’ said Shire Hall media officer Nigel
Campbell. ’It seems she is absolutely terrified of them. The London
Aquarium said it was one of the most bizarre questions they had been
asked but offered to put up a screen.’
But Mr Sensitivity-Campbell thought he would try some amateur aquarium
aversion therapy and popped a life-like plastic ollie in the post.
Surprisingly, the journo recovered in time to attend only to find that
the Aquarium’s prize octopus was ’on holiday’.
So who is the red-faced journo with the world’s weirdest phobia - only
PR Week’s own deputy ed Kate Nicholas, who has since developed an
aversion to jiffy bags.