Diary: On the QT ...

Love is in the air at Nabs and the IPA, who are playing Cupid with their new Valentine's Day message board. You can post as many messages of luurrve as you want on the IPA website for only £5.00 and all the proceeds go to Nabs ... Still on the subject of love, could a client-agency romance be brewing at one hungry young agency? We hear that a gorgeous female director and Carphone Warehouse's Charles Dunstone have been seen out together ... Which press director is attracting ridicule among his peers after a tantrum at a recent awards do? The self-important buyer, a guest of Richard Desmond's Express Newspapers, complained that he and his wife had been relegated to the cheap seats and demanded an upgrade to Express' top table. He got his way and two poor Express employees were ejected from their seats during the main course ... Diary applauds Lee Daley, Saatchi & Saatchi's new head, for opening the Miami Ad School at the agency. With the arrival of 11 beautiful female students (oh, and one male) the project could well serve as a valuable recruiting tool ... You know you're in the viral loop when a series of cheeky car ads, all trying to play catch-up with the Polo spoof, arrive in your in-box. The pick is arguably the Beetle soft-top, which carries the line: "now you can hear people call you a tosser" ... Is DDB London's Paul Hammersley a frustrated 90s rap icon, secretly longing to wear harem pants and a bandana? No? But there must be an explanation for his new nickname. At DDB events, the arrival of "The Hammer" - as he's known within the agency - has been accompanied by the music of MC Hammer ... If ever you needed proof that ads work, then look no further than the defection of Publicis Dialog's Jon Williams to Harrison Troughton Wunderman. Williams was so struck by HTW's poster at Cannes inviting award-winners to join it, that he did just that at the start of the year.

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