Diary: On the QT

campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 04 September 2009 12:00AM

The credit crunch has scuppered lots of entertainment budgets. But Diary hopes there's enough left to put some wind in the sails of this year's Advertising, Brands & Communications Cup.

You may remember this as the Inter-Agency Yacht Race, which has raised thousands of pounds for Helen & Douglas House, the children's charity. Now it's been relaunched and its organisers are looking for agency crews to join the action on the Solent on 24-25 September. The cost is £4,500 plus a £500 charity donation for a boat and two professional sailors. If you want to take part as an individual in a scratch crew, it'll cost you £450 and £50 for charity. More details from brinsley.dresden@lewissilkin.com ...

We've always valued Chris Arnold's words of wisdom but not quite as much as the online bookshop paperbackshop.co.uk. The creative partner at the agency Creative Orchestra has authored a new book called Ethical Marketing And The New Consumer. Buy it on Amazon and it will set you back £9.74. Paperbackshop clearly thinks Arnold's eloquence is worth a premium. It has priced the book at £1,848.75 ...

Thanks to Sir Martin Sorrell, we've yet another letter to add to the economic forecasting alphabet. We've had the V (a steep dive into recession followed by instant rebound), the U (like the V but with a longer trough) and the W (a double dip). Now the industry soothsayer gives us the italicised L to describe his latest prediction of a sharp decline followed by a recovery - but one that's nowhere near the previous peak. And there was us only just having got our minds around the corrugated bathtub ...

Any adland women fancy baring their prize assets on screen? Grey Amsterdam is looking for hundreds of woman - age and shape immaterial - to strip off for a commercial directed by Gorgeous Productions' Chris Palmer for the Pink Ribbon breast cancer charity. No exhibitionists, though. Only boobs get shown, so no faces.

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