CAMPAIGN DIARY: AA won’t be turfed off the grass by haughty dons from Cambridge

Those of you who went to the Advertising Association’s summer seminar last Thursday will have noticed that the venue - which, traditionally, has been Peterhouse in Cambridge - was switched to the neighbouring Clare College.

Those of you who went to the Advertising Association’s summer

seminar last Thursday will have noticed that the venue - which,

traditionally, has been Peterhouse in Cambridge - was switched to the

neighbouring Clare College.



This is all down to a squabble between the Peterhouse guvnors and the

AA.



You see, last year, when the seminar came around the weather was

behaving itself and July was actually summer. Taking advantage of the

sun, as they have done every year without repercussions, some delegates

strolled out of the conference room on to a piece of grass during lunch

and coffee breaks.



Then, a rather haughty Peterhouse academic decided he wanted to hold an

impromptu tutorial on the aforementioned piece of grass, rather

ironically titled ’fellows’ lawn’.



Because the presence of the seminar delegates made this impossible, the

academic grumbled to the college big-wigs who, rather faint-heartededly

if you ask us, backed down and banned the nice AA people from the

lawn.



The petty squabble irritated Andrew Brown, the director-general of the

AA, so much that he moved the seminar to Clare College.



He said: ’We’ve used these facilities for 18 years and paid a lot of

money for them. Peterhouse is entitled to take whatever decision it

wishes but this seemed a bit barmy. It’s a prime example of academia

saying it wants public money and then acting like King Canute.’



We also think it’s a bit cheeky of Peterhouse to take the AA’s money for

18 years and then chuck them off the grass as soon as a bit of sun comes

out. It wouldn’t be so galling if it hadn’t happened in the summer

recess when the academics had even less right to be there than the AA

people.



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