Surely something of importance happened while he was away, thought Malcolm.
Indeed: there was —
- an on-going spat between a couple of blog-artists;
- a minor celeb cashed in her chips;
- an MP’s house-husband viewed some dodgy porny stuff;
- a very insignificant pseudo-journo got CS-gassed for losing it at a Tory reception.
It really puts things in proportion.
We now know that the “journo” was one Ian Thomas of Sugar Media.
Sugar Media has a bit of previous:
As Paul Waugh tells it, for today’s Evening Standard, Eric Pickles was so lavish with the liquor:
After the drinks, however, 40-year-old Thomas and his pals slipped away without escorts. He then embarked on what is described by an excellent source as a “domestic” with one of his companions. The row was so heated – and took place so close to the Speaker’s Chair (near the Table Office I’m told), that it attracted the attention of a police officer. At some point one of those involved declared “I’m HIV positive”. As a result, one copper is expected to take an HIV test as a precaution.
Well, that moves us on a bit.
Sugar Media is the publisher of Positive Nation, which sub-titles itself:
The UK’s HIV and Sexual Health Magazine.
There, in issue 135, we find one Ian Thomas lauding Auricular Therapy [Huh?] as his rescue from the nicotine habit:
Darren in my office suggested I go and see his friend Tony Bruno at the Tanning Shop in Vauxhall where they have got this wonderful new machine called a R.I.S.E. (Reflection Instrument Scanning Electro-pulse).
Try making that up! But, enough already!
Well, not quite.
In February last year, Sugar Media had a self-induced brush with our learned friends. Thomas and Co (the Co being Thomas’s business partner, Isabel Appio — who came in from the Voice Group, but continues to exploit the “Black History” market) were trying to expropriate trademarks from a rival firm, Barb Wire, run by a Ms Barbara M Campbell. The Sugar Media trick was to take, for example, a title like International Women’s Month and issue a rival publication, The Official Guide to International Women’s Month, using similar script and logo. In this case, Sugar Media lost out and had to pay Ms Campbell’s expenses.