Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Evan Offers Dusty a PR Project

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Evan Offers Dusty a PR Project

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UPSTAIRS the shark tank is to the left, the fish tanks to the right. Whoever shot Marty could have dropped the gun into any of the tanks, although it would have made a splash.

C[pounds sterling]Are there any exits over that way?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]One.C[yen] He points to the corner.

C[pounds sterling]Where does it come out?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Behind the room we were in last night.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]So whoever did it could have rejoined the cocktail party.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Suppose so.C[yen]

We work. Spend a couple of hours going over the expansion plans, the program for sick dolphins and his research into loggerhead turtles.

People love the environmentally friendly stuff.

They also love man-eating sharks and it's going to be hard to divert attention from an attack like last night's. It's already on the internet, possibly on world TV news.

I remember Evan was introduced as the internationally famous marine scientist.

C[pounds sterling]Where were you before here?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Sydney.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Worked overseas?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Canada. Couple of years.C[yen]

He asks me to put together a proposal, a 12-month PR plan. Indicates I've got the job if I want it.

Everything seems above board, but I've got a niggling doubt. I thought it would be harder to snag a job like this one Co half the PR agents in town would be knocking down his door if they thought it was on offer.

He's discarded the glasses, sits back in his chair, hands behind his head. C[pounds sterling]What do you say?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Give me a week to complete the proposal.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Coffee?C[yen]

I nod. C[pounds sterling]Got any cookies?C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Sure.C[yen]

C[pounds sterling]Better call Red. See if there's anything new you might need to respond to media wise. …

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