If you can't stand the heat...

24th August 2007 at 01:00
John Wilson's media training from his head PR honcho Hugh Dougherty came in particularly useful this summer. The director of education for East Renfrewshire made a sur-prise appearance on BBC national television news in an item about the heatwave that was sweeping southern Europe.

Described on screen as a "British tourist", he explained to the BBC reporter just how hot it was in Athens. It appears he had gone to visit the Necropolis but it was closed due to a strike by attendants. "That's what we get for not teaching the classics in East Renfrewshire," said one of his colleagues.

As he was the only tourist walking about in the 114 degrees heat, he was interviewed. Dougherty, head of public relations for East Renfrewshire, told us: "He didn't mention HMIE reports in the interview, but our local police superintendent, Stewart Daniels, has just phoned me to complain that John wasn't wearing an 'East Ren education on tour' T-shirt to ensure that we got our message over further."

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