Disgruntled journo Kevin Braddock named and shamed a few spamtastic PROs - most of them called Lucy, Jessica and Emma - in a recent blogpost.

It was quickly removed, but still caused startling ructions in the PR world. In particular, journalists are noticing a new tentativeness from PROs issuing releases. As freelance journo Kat Brown tweeted this week: 'Just had email from PR ending "If you are not interested, I apologise."' But how long will it last? ...

The secret is out! Bell Pottinger's new MD of public affairs Tim Collins has been outed as a 'complete Doctor Who geek' by Labour MP Tom Harris, a fellow Who-ey. On his blog, Harris writes that former shadow transport secretary Collins once appeared as a talking head on a Doctor Who documentary, enthusing about the fifth Doctor Peter Davison ...

Brunswick senior partner Susan Gilchrist was quoted in the Standard last week, boasting that she can 'tell the difference between a T-34/76 and a T-34/85 tank'. Not because she's planning on invading rival financial agency Bell Pottinger by force. No, she's married to military historian Andrew Roberts. 'It's to do with the turrets,' she added ...

Finally, Flack hears that love is in the air in the public affairs industry. Matt Bryant of Connect Public Affairs used a winter break to New York to pop the question to Jen Pufky of rival lobbying shop Insight Public Affairs.

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