Diary: On the QT ..

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 07 November 2008 12:00AM

Hard to believe that not everybody was on the edge of their seats at the Emirates Stadium when one of the most nerve-jangling North London derbies of all time ended with Spurs grabbing a last-gasp equaliser to earn a 4-4 draw with Arsenal. Yet, one spectator seemed oblivious to it all as he tapped away on his BlackBerry. Diary thinks WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell needs to get out more ...

Graham Bednash is less than impressed by the producers of the film Slumdog Millionaire being ordered by the makers of a popular fizzy drink (the one that's meant to unite the world) to obliterate its name from bottles before they were shown being offered to kids on a rubbish dump. Bednash, the joint head of Invention across Mindshare's global network, told The Times: "Next we'll have brands saying they don't want to be in EastEnders because they don't want to be associated with people who shout" ...

Looks like a second front has opened up in the pre-divorce slanging match between Guy Ritchie and Madonna. Ritchie's dad, the one-time Collett Dickenson Pearce account baron John Ritchie, accuses his soon-to-be-ex-daughter-in-law of "being beastly" via the tabloids ...

Howard Roberts, the worldwide director of Lovemarks at Saatchi & Saatchi, has been forced to amend his list of Lovemarks favourites. He's just dropped the Quo Vadis restaurant in Soho, which was relaunched earlier this year by Sam and Eddie Hart. He's fired off a stiff e-mail to them, having been less than impressed with a recent night out at their new establishment ...

With WPP imposing a recruitment freeze - and other agency groups certain to follow suit - Diary senses fear among those who normally supply their foot soldiers. Pulse, a London recruitment consultant specialising in supplying secretarial, admin and facilities staff to agencies and media companies, has resorted to delivering "Credit Crunchie Bars" to its London clients. Not quite the sweetener most of them had in mind, we suspect.

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