DIARY: Booth overcomes two sets of problems with passports to chill out

The summer seems to have been a trouble-free, relaxing time for the ad industry, judging by the pace in most agencies. However, things haven't gone quite so smoothly for some in adland.

For Steve "two holidays Booth, the BLM Group's chief executive, the holiday plans hit the buffers in spectacular fashion due to a run of unforeseen passport problems. Relishing some quality time with the family, Booth had decided on a jaunt to Florida with his four children - giving his wife some time at home to relax.

But upon arriving at Heathrow, the hapless Booth discovered that he'd accidentally picked up his wife's passport instead of his youngest son's.

Despite Mrs Booth's valiant efforts to hurtle frantically across town with the right document, Booth missed the flight by a measly five minutes.

So he and his youngest son had to catch the next available flight - which departed the day after.

A few weeks later, doubtless looking to relax after the stresses of the previous holiday incident, Booth planned a Club Med getaway to southern Italy. With just the one oversight though; no-one had thought of getting his recently born daughter a passport ... so Mrs Booth selflessly stayed behind for a whole eight days to wait for its arrival.

Booth, by this time nicely tanned and relaxed, had to endure the hardship forced on him by extending his stay in Italy from one week to two so that his wife could join him. A cunning plan by Booth for an extra week off, or just sheer ineptitude? You decide.

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