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
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
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
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.