Diary: On the QT ...

Sir Frank Lowe's The Red Brick Road and the Lowe London senior management team kept a respectful distance from each other at last week's Stella Artois tennis championships, avoiding a West Side Story-esque rumble in the hospitality area that many were worried might otherwise have taken place.

However, his Frankness deserted his own staff for the men's final, which he chose to watch flanked by Cilla Black, Sir Cliff Richard and the actor Nigel Havers. Diary is happy to report that the heavens failed to open, thus denying Sir Cliff the chance to reprise his Wimbledon "greatest hits" performance ...

Sometimes, being a planner is hard work. When Bartle Bogle Hegarty's Richard Pierson was asked to attend a five-day shoot for Lynx, he expected he would be sitting in a studio for five days. However, he was pleasantly surprised to find he was to spend the entire time on a beach in Florida surrounded by 150 bikini-clad ladies. Diary reckons that with this sort of training, Pierson will be ready to take up a chief executive role in no time ...

To help one of its clients sell more TV during the World Cup, Golley Slater has hired a renowned "sexpert", Flic Everett, to produce some research showing that when men watch sport, they release more testosterone, which attracts the opposite sex. This is leading to more and more women watching the games ...

Now that Claydon Heeley Jones Mason has decided to drop the final two words from its name, Diary is hoping that Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel will soon follow suit ...

The latest M&C Saatchi TV commercial for NatWest shows a woman walking past what used to be her local bank branch but which is about to be converted into a wine bar. On the wall is a spoof official notice headed "Hotspur & Argyll". Now, Hotspur & Argyll is a production company, leading Diary to wonder if the company shot the spot and then slipped in a free ad for itself.


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