Diary: On the QT ..

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 26 September 2008 12:00AM

We here at the Diary aren't averse to a bit of childish humour. Which is why we all enjoyed hearing about the salesperson who called AKQA to get hold of its European managing director, Guy Wieynk.

Yep, apparently this person asked for a Gay Wank. Diary also hears that the caller was then told to go and think about what they'd asked for and call back in five minutes. We wonder if they did ...

Seems as though JWT Vietnam's campaign for Redd's beer has proved too heady a brew for some. The print campaign, called "dark secrets" and directed at young women, carries such lines as "I had to wear a neck brace for three days. I told everyone I pulled a muscle doing yoga. I was really masturbating." Word is the local client loved it but the global bosses of the brand's owner, SABMiller, were less than ecstatic when the work appeared online and ordered it to be pulled ...

Is breakfast the new lunch in the credit crunch, the Evening Standard asks. It would seem so. WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell has been known to have two a day - one at 7.15 and another at 8.30 - at The George in Mayfair ...

And while we're on the subject of credit crunches, Judy Mitchem, Arnold UK's new managing partner, whose marriage was reported in QT last week, e-mails to say she can no longer afford Jimmy Choos: "I've downgraded to LK Bennett." Pass the Kleenex ...

Helen Calcraft, the Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy chief executive, was left waving sadly under the London Eye last week as the rest of the agency's management team sped down the Thames on a RIB. She'd forgotten a couple of details when she'd agreed to go on the trip - her two missing vertebrae and doctor's orders ...

Looks like more trouble ahead for Innocent's Richard Reed. He's already hacked off agencies over pitches and looks set to fall victim to the City's new austere regime. A hedge fund manager is quoted as saying he knew things were bad when his bosses stopped giving out free Innocent smoothies.

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