7.45pm The Cock Tavern The glamorous venue for the evening’s media
pop quiz is buried deep in the guts of Smithfield meat market. On
arrival, the quiz is about to start and quizmaster Richard Clarke of
Mansfield Lang is trying to quieten a boisterous crowd.
7.50pm We manage to attach ourselves limpet-like to the Davies Little
Cowley Fiddes team. Unfortunately for them, this means they get the
benefit of our limpet-like knowledge of music.
9pm Halfway stage Thanks to the sterling efforts of senior copywriter
Ray Phelps, we’re not quite last. Heated discussions include: ’It’s
’huff, huff, puff, puff blow you away’, not ’huff, puff, huff, puff blow
9.15pm Break Refuel with chips, pies and more beer. DLCF’s art director
Mark Tortolini explains the pitfalls of working on the creative for
Harlequin books - better known as Mills & Boon. The rather un-Mills &
Boon-like self-proclaimed ’girl with no knickers’ from 141, who has been
drunkenly co-commentating all evening, invites one of her team-mates to
meet her in the toilets.
9.45pm Quiz restarts With our minds now ’well-oiled’ machines, our team
starts picking up the pace. My contribution to the comeback consists of
recognising Westlife’s Flying Without Wings from the soundless
11pm Despite our rocky start, we’ve stormed back to take seventh
But there’s been a shock tie for first place and that can only mean one
thing: a dance-off to the Quo.
11.15pm The tied pair - CDP and MindShare - eye each other. Suddenly,
they’re off. Powerful performances in the boogie department from both
sides but the shirt-shedding air-guitar antics of CDP finally win the