Diary: On the QT ...

The free gift has long been a staple of many marketing departments as businesses attempt to gain stand-out from their competitors.

Over the years, there have been some absolute crackers arriving at Diary Towers, but Orange's latest freebie really takes the biscuit. The mobile communications company sent hundreds of boxes of specially prepared biscuits shaped like the animals that represent their tariffs. However, unfortunately for the company, the biscuits are particularly bland and taste of absolutely nothing ...

After the merciless lampooning that Diary's favourite global chief, JWT's Bob Jeffrey, took a few weeks ago in these pages about his seemingly excessive e-mailing habit, we were delighted to see a wonderful message drop into Diary's inbox from the man himself. Not only do his e-mails pompously finish with an enormous digitally created signature, but they also contain a trendy little picture of himself embedded on to the mail ...

Those groovy chaps over at Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam have got themselves a blog at www.thinkglobalactstupid.com. The agency strangely admits on the wackily named site that "it's not slick, but neither are we" ...

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, there's just no getting away from work. Imagine the joint surprise of Jon Claydon, the chairman of Claydon Heeley, and Jonathan Stead, the managing partner at Rapier, who found themselves and their respective families sitting in the same row on the same flight out to France last week ...

After creating a taxi-side advertising campaign for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Taxi Promotions UK decided to send two genuine London cabbies over to Bangkok to train and qualify as real tuk tuk drivers. Diary wonders whether the cabbies, even though they were in a foreign country, with most of their customers not speaking English, still never stopped talking.

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