The cash for peerages scandal paralysing Labour moved perilously close to Tony Blair’s door when the Metropolitan police recently arrested Lord Levy, Mr Blair’s personal party fundraiser, Middle East envoy and tennis partner. What is it wriggling at the heart of the rose that with a gardener’s fingers the police seek to expose? Is it […]
I have had a flurry of emails from folk interested in debating some of the issues I wrote about yesterday. One of the key points I was asked to expand upon was the subject of the mortally wounded publicist. I don’t know where to start, but when researching my book in Los Angeles, I met […]
After a week of working through the papers from Percival Stein, I have been considering his legacy. I suppose if one had to sum up my research, it’s clear that he was a lost son of Barnum. The papers provide evidence that advocates he was a man of passion, in love with something that was […]
Robbie Williams was so worn out by his string of one night stands he had to have a vitamin injection in his bottom, it has been claimed. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton is giving up sex for a year. The Borkowski poet in residence senses a worrying trend developing… The doors of perception are closing. The stones […]
As early as Percival Stein’s days, men were performing great displays of daring by jumping from building to building to promote brands. Percival Stein employed an actor named Richard Talmadge, a stunt man from Hollywood and paid him to make daring leaps from one building to another to launch events and promote companies.
In years to come perhaps they’ll use Zinedine Zidane as a test question at PR school. The question would be this: How do you spin the red card that ended his career in shame so that we remember him as one of the greatest players of all time – rather than one of the biggest […]
Two more tales have come from Nicholas Leonard’s great great grandfather’s archive. An early U.S. flight company approached Percival Stein in regard to their zeppelin flight service which was losing money left and right. It appeared that nobody trusted the hefty aircraft and preferred not to fly with the company.
In a bid to achieve clarity in a complicated matter, the Borkowski poet in residence recorded this exclusive interview with John Prescott, regarding his meetings with American billionaire Philip Anschutz, earlier today… We’d already certified the gambling and domed around a bit and now everything is moving there’s no doubt of it. We’ve got it […]
As a peace accord, you’d place about as much faith in it as a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine. It’s only a matter of time before it falls apart. And if you’ll excuse the amateur analysis of a complex situation, it all boils down to one thing – an argument over who started it first. […]
Continuing with the stunts of Percival Stein, this week’s “Son of Barnum”, Stein found himself in the employ of a large but financially insecure New York Tailoring business. Despite numerous attempts to increase their revenue, Teideman’s of NYC were making a loss for the fifth year running. Having heard of Stein’s exceptional talents for publicity, […]