Arnaud, a smooth operator

FOR PR person, Stan Arnaud, it was his second celebratory dinner in successive evenings, and since he had just travelled down from Inverness to Edinburgh, he needed to freshen up.

Arnaud – formerly of the Daily Express, Sunday Times, Press and Journal, etc – is now with Platform PR, which last week hosted two dinners to mark its fifth birthday.

On both occasions – in Inverness and Edinburgh, where the company has offices – the guest speaker was John Sergeant, former chief political correspondent at the BBC and also a former political editor at ITN.

So, there’s Arnaud, stripped to the waist in the venue’s all-mirror loo, applying the deodorant. And it probably was appropriate that the music system was playing Sade’s ‘Smooth Operator’.