Diary: On the QT ..

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 21 September 2007 12:00AM

Friday saw an exodus from these shores as hardy rugby union fans headed off to Paris to witness England's abysmal performance against South Africa in the World Cup.

However, with late Eurostar tickets going for up to £700, Mediaedge:cia understandably opted not to travel on the cross-Channel train. Instead, the agency (which has been talking a lot lately about its green credentials) chartered a private jet so that Toby Jenner, Tom George and a bunch of clients could lord it up in style on their way to England's eventual walloping. Not to be outdone, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO graciously offered their guests to the game the luxury of a stretched limo to ferry them from the station to the ground ...

It is often said in advertising that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Wieden & Kennedy is on the warpath after seeing a topless (and ever so slightly flabby) Scottish Rugby warrior in a replica pose to that of Wayne Rooney in its award-winning "St Wayne" ad for Nike. Thankfully for the agency responsible, Neil Christie, W&K's managing director, hasn't found out who the offenders are yet ...

It looks as if Andrew Cracknell's attempt to sail across the Atlantic may be heading for choppy waters, as his launch date has had to be put back. The avid sailor (whose boat is named Severance, because of how he funded its purchase) was planning to start the intrepid journey, with his old friend Gerald Kreinczes, in January, but a number of unforeseen problems has led to the pair having to rethink their strategy ...

As Campaign starts work on this year's A List, a number of strange nuggets of information have already revealed themselves. It appears that Anthony Noguera, the editor-in-chief of the lads' mag bible FHM, is actually a fan club member of the not quite so hip and trendy US rock band Metallica. Noguera, a former long-haired journalist at Metal Hammer magazine, clearly hasn't forgotten his roots.

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