Diary: On the QT ...

Abbey has come under attack from one of its own customers after using grey squirrels in its latest ad campaign from WCRS.

Doreen Hallsworth from Carlisle was so disgusted that her local branch was promoting greys, when they're famous in the area for driving out their red cousins, that in a fit of pique she shouted at staff, knocked over a row of cardboard cut-outs and then took a swipe at a five-foot squirrel in the doorway ...

Leo Burnett's fitness freak, the managing director, Paul Lawson, has given his non-contact training scheme a step up by spending a week in Stockholm to help his best mate, a Swedish-based boxer known as the Dancing Ghost, train for his next fight. In his own words, he has spent a week being "beaten senseless" and at one point was forced to fight in front of the whole Swedish national boxing team. Injuries sustained include a suspected broken nose and a fractured thumb ...

Those of you wondering what Tom Knox has done with the fruits of his agency sale should look between the covers of the next issue of Grand Designs magazine. The DLKW founder's near-obsessively perfect Georgian pad gets the Kevin McCloud once over ...

Where's the smart money going on who will win the race for the distribution rights for London's proposed new free evening newspaper? According to Paddy Power, Metro and Evening Standard have emerged as the frontrunners with odds of 8/11. Other bidders in the frame are Northern & Shell at 10/3, News International at 4/1 and Trinity Mirror at 8/1. And for those who think London's commuters are in need of cheering up, The Beano is currently the rank outsider with odds of 100/1 ...

WWAV Rapp Collins has been holding events under the banner "obsession" where it invites clients to come in and talk about their own obsessions. The latest guest was COI's DM guru Marc Michaels, who waxed lyrical about his fascination with Hebrew scripture.


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