Dick Playfair graduated with an honours degree in History and History of Art from Cambridge University. He joined the graduate marketing training programme of the Whitbread Group. After leaving Whitbread he worked with a number of UK consultancies and advertising agencies at director level before setting up Playfair Walker.

Blackburied Alive!

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I took some persuading to get one. You would think for someone in PR that the gadget that enabled you to keep in touch by phone, text and e-mail at all times would be a must.

Not so for me, until now. I think that there are times when it’s good not to be in contact (like driving and eating a banana, or when receiving serve, or at the vet, or just before the trumpet solo in A String of Pearls … or at a meeting with a client), and when it’s good to talk (as they say) rather than e-mail.

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Je m’y attendais un peu

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Well it was bound to happen sooner or later.

The Paris office, our apartment in the 7th, is closing – and with it our monthly trips to Paris for real city life and my regular appointment at Franck Provost, hairdresser to the stars, in the rue de Sèvres.

The determining factor was tenant or client…

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Silence in the studio …

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When your client in demand is up to their oxters in the finest Hebridean water in pursuit of the king of fish there’s no way he is going to be interrupted for an interview, not even for the BBC! That’s why, on this occasion, it fell on me to talk about venison and deer farming when BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today came knocking. Forgive the Floydian slip …

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This is me interviewed by Anna Hill on the subject of why Scotland needs more deer farms – and no, it wasn’t done live at 5.45am. Thank you for asking.