In 1986 when Alex Ferguson became Manchester United manager, the club had a value of £15m, a sum that might buy a decent midfield player today.
Quite aside from the recent dramas, it's fair to say Max Clifford is one of the more controversial characters in our business. Among his peers he often polarises opinion.
In a week when the profession's reputation and standing in the eyes of Joe Public sank lower than a snake's armpit, it has been hard to shake the feeling that many PR people are indeed cobblers' children.
On whichever side of the newly reopened political divide we sit, we should all, as communicators, ponder the insights left by the death of Baroness Thatcher.
Just when you think life at the PR coalface can't get any darker or grimier (and we all have those occasional moments), along comes something that makes you realise there are those labouring even deeper down the mine.
Oscar Pistorius' killing of his model girlfriend has provided the global news networks with a real-life 'OJ Two', where tragedy, news and soap opera become indistinguishable in the search for justice under a global media spotlight.
So suddenly, unwittingly, we Brits - always curiously sentimental in our animal preferences - have become a nation of horse eaters.
Harry the hero ... Harry the hellraiser ... Harry the prince. How the media love the sound bite of a boilerplate description that enables them to pigeonhole, according to caricature, those who offer the lifeblood of circulation and audience.
A rakishly dishevelled Hugh Grant pops up in his latest on-screen role - advertising The Guardian and Observer.
The death of the nurse duped by the Australian radio station 2Day FM into putting through a call from prankster DJs to the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital ward sparked global comms challenges spanning every media platform.
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