Pembroke: Author in hard backache

Drayton Bird, former vice- chairman of Ogilvy & Mather and a 'nice-looking hunk of a man', according to his publisher, was not feeling very hunky yesterday. Mr Bird, currently trying to publicise his latest contribution to the literary world, How to Write Sales Letters That Sell, has put his back out. The ailment, the adman tells me, is a legacy of an old injury incurred when he reached forward for a drink and ended up in a wheelchair.

When he creaks back to a vertical position Mr Bird plans to return to his rented house in California, to have another crack at fiction. This proved fertile ground 30 years ago, when he penned a novel, Fun Rats Run Faster, set in Manchester. 'I'm going back at Christmas to decide what to write,' he says.

The greater spotted public relations person, not a shy and retiring type at the best of times, was on mass display last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Sporting black tie and ball gown, the industry's finest had gathered for the PR Awards, its annual love-in sponsored by the magazine PR Week.

Gong of the night went to Peter Gummer, brother of John Selwyn, who picked up an 'outstanding contribution' award for running Shandwick Communications.

Gutted of College Hill was Dick Millard, whose agency lost out in the best use of sponsorship award. The agency had high hopes of Exco, the money broker which, apart from swapping its chief executive three months after going public, also sponsored the broomball championships at the Broadgate centre in the City. A banana promotion walked off with the prize.

Nomura Asset Management has signed up a useful new recruit for its golf club. Richard Bisson, who joined from James Capel as director of investment, is a former golf blue who had a handicap of four by the time he was 16.

'I actually wanted to try and make it as a professional but my parents wanted me to continue my eduction,' he reflects ruefully. Golf, he says, has a higher profile at Nomura. 'I've just got back from Tokyo where people hardly seemed to talk bout anything else.'

A bit of reshuffling at Eurotunnel, where the merging of treasury and corporate finance departments appears to have been left Patrick Fulhaber out in the cold. The Frenchman was group treasurer, a post now taken on by Michael Grant, head of corporate finance.

Eurotunnel does not know what Mr Fulhaber is going to do 'apart from leaving at the end of the month and returning to France'. Will he chance it via the tunnel?

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Sport
Tim Sherwood raises his hand after the 1-0 victory over Stoke
footballFormer Tottenham boss leads list of candidates to replace Neil Warnock
Arts and Entertainment
L to R: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain America (Chris Evans) & Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Avengers Assemble
film
News
Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex
peopleHe has shaped British politics 'for good or ill'
News
news
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
i100
Travel
Suite dreams: the JW Marriott in Venice
travelChic new hotels in 2015
Arts and Entertainment
Sink the Pink's 2013 New Year's Eve party
musicFour of Britain's top DJs give their verdict on how to party into 2015
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Selby Jennings: Quantitative Research | Equity | New York

Not specified: Selby Jennings: Quantitative Research | Global Equity | New Yor...

Selby Jennings: SVP Model Validation

Not specified: Selby Jennings: SVP Model Validation This top tiered investment...

Selby Jennings: Oil Operations

Highly Competitive: Selby Jennings: Our client, a leading European Oil trading...

Day In a Page

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that? The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year

Aren’t you glad you didn’t say that?

The worst wince-and-look-away quotes of the year
Hollande's vanity project is on a high-speed track to the middle of nowhere

Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

France’s TGV network has become mired in controversy
Sports Quiz of the Year

Sports Quiz of the Year

So, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry, his love of 'Bargain Hunt', and life as a llama farmer

Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

From Armstrong and Miller to Pointless
Sanchez helps Gunners hold on after Giroud's moment of madness

Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect