Business Diary: BAA PR effort grounded again

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The curse of BAA strikes again: to lose one PR chief might beconsidered unfortunate, but to lose no fewer than four is more than careless. Malcolm Robertson, the current incumbent, quit his post yesterday, meaning that BAA is now on the hunt for its fifth communications director in as many years. Mr Robertson says the December snow debacle is not the reason he is leaving and that he had been thinking about ending his 12-year career at BAA before that crisis. Still, it can't have helped.

Is the SFO feeling a little chippy?

Not that the Serious Fraud Office is feeling defensive or anything – what with people always accusing it of failing to secure any convictions – but a look at the "About Us" section of the much-maligned enforcer's website includes a section entitled "Common Misconceptions". These include: "Our cases can be completed as quickly as with other crimes" and "Fraud is a victimless crime". All very helpful but most websites put this kind of thing under the less prickly heading of "frequently asked questions".

Never too young for a court case

Have you threatened your toddler's pre-school with legal action yet? If not, what are you thinking? You may be putting his or her career at risk. In New York, the mother of a four-year-old is taking her pre-school to court because it has been asking the little lady in question to spend rather two much time with two- and three-year-old fellow pupils, rather than "focusing on test preparation to get into an elite elementary school". Come on, call the lawyers, it's what any caring parent would do.

The $63m return fare to space

Has the cost of your commute to work gone up? If so, stop whingeing because it could be so much worse. American astronauts are henceforth going to have to pay $63m for flights to the International Space Agency following a deal that Nasa has signed with Russia's Federal Space Agency. Now the space shuttles have been retired, Nasa has no transport of its own, you see, so it is buying it in from Russia. In a sellers' market, the Russians have put space fares up by 20 per cent.