CAMPAIGN DIARY: Singing, dancing and winning friends (not) at the Cannes festival

The UK squad of advertising luvvies got up to its usual jolly japes at last week’s festival in Cannes and we were delighted to be present when various luminaries decided to entertain the troops with a bit of song and dance and a vast amount of drinking. Leon Jaume, Ogilvy and Mather’s creative director on Ford, broke into song as usual and delighted Pink Films’ dinner party, but not the rest of the Moulins de Mougins restaurant, with his rendition of Ernie - He Drove the Fastest Milk Float in the West.

The UK squad of advertising luvvies got up to its usual jolly japes

at last week’s festival in Cannes and we were delighted to be present

when various luminaries decided to entertain the troops with a bit of

song and dance and a vast amount of drinking. Leon Jaume, Ogilvy and

Mather’s creative director on Ford, broke into song as usual and

delighted Pink Films’ dinner party, but not the rest of the Moulins de

Mougins restaurant, with his rendition of Ernie - He Drove the Fastest

Milk Float in the West.



His partner, Bellini (after his penchant for the peach and champagne

beverage) Mawhinney, accompanied him by beating time with his fork on a

glass. Luckily, Bellini lost his voice after the first night’s rousting,

depriving us of many a fascinating George Best/Eric Cantona story

Meanwhile, Patrick ’top totty’ Collister escaped humiliation by only

tapping his sandal and black-sock-clad feet. Did O&M ever sue the style

consultant it hired to sort out Collister’s dress sense two years

ago?



Of the many beautiful people on show, Mike Walsh, chairman of said O&M,

was the first to be admired for his tanned and taut stomach as he strode

along the Croisette in his shorts. If only he’d taken fashion tips from

the wonderful Tiger Savage. Small wonder Bruce ’Armani’ Haines has hired

her.



Although we didn’t hear him play, Graham Hinton, chairman of Bates

Dorland, was seen carrying his guitar on board his flight so no doubt

many happy evenings were spent in the Bates villa singing along to

Kumbaya. The party was notable for its relaxed atmosphere and hearty

toasting of former colleagues.



Clearly, Bates is a happy ship with no internal politics whatsoever.



But the most charming man of the week award went not to the Dutch

creative who paid women to dance with him at a party, but to one Paul

Weiland.



Displaying an astonishing ability to upset everyone at the same time, he

managed to insult virtually every member of Campaign’s editorial team

and then spend an entire evening talking about money before accusing

everyone else of being obsessed with how much he made.



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