Diary: On the QT ...

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A cautionary tale: when being made redundant and about to get your mouth stuffed with gold, be sure you keep it firmly shut until after the largesse arrives. One former TV salesman unwisely blabbed to a national journalist in an attempt to exact revenge for losing his job. The news got back to the chief executive of the broadcaster and a hefty compensation package was withdrawn for breach of confidentiality ...

Now try this short quiz. Which national newspaper sales director is so desperate to get the managing director's job that he's dropping elephant-sized hints by parking in his boss' personalised parking spot when he's on holiday? ...

And which Associated Newspapers boss, on hearing of the death of the Daily Mail's Lynda Lee-Potter, was heard to mutter: "Shame it wasn't Paul Dacre" ...

Remember the "Grosvenor Groper" who was firmly stopped in his tracks at last month's M&M Awards by Lawson Muncaster, Metro International's former global vice-president of marketing? It seems the disgraced would-be Lothario has been offering Muncaster a string of grovelling apologies ...

No apology has been large enough to spare Addison Lee the wrath of Mother, however. A severe sense- of-humour failure has led to the agency to take its account elsewhere after Campaign reported that the agency allegedly topped the cab company's unofficial league table for back-seat throw-ups ...

Addison Lee would do well not to look to St Luke's for replacement business. The agency's new client, the Fairtrade firm The Day Chocolate Company, is paying it a monthly bonus of the account director's weight in chocolate ...

Not that Addison Lee's little spot of bother compares with the hazards of shooting ads down South America way. Four of the crew filming a Heineken spot for 180 Amsterdam in Mexico were kidnapped when local palms were not sufficiently greased ...

Finally, a mystery agency managed to creep into The Guardian's report of the impending departure of Jim Kelly and MT Rainey from their agency (glad to see they're on the ball enough to read Campaign). But if anybody can tell us how to reach Rainey Kelly Hoare Wheeler/Young & Rubicam please give us a call.

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