Diary: On the QT ..

Diary spotted two adland bigwigs, DraftFCB's new president, Nigel Jones, and his former co-president, John Minnec, having lunch and discussing pet projects.

Jones is putting the finishing touches to a compilation CD he is creating - it will contain an anthem for every year from 1900 to 2006. Not to be outdone, Minnec is planning to complete a cookbook that will be published in the US later this year ...

It seems big-name endorsements for the recently launched Women's Aid ad campaign are not abating. Tony Blair not only referenced it in last week's PMQs, but also vowed to invest extra money to combating domestic violence ...

With carbon neutrality a current hot topic in the business world, several agencies are desperate to ensure they're not left behind when the green day of reckoning comes. Heading the charge is Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R's chief executive, James Murphy, who has not only set up a Green Team to ensure the agency is carbon neutral, but was also a special guest at a speech held by Captain Planet himself, Al Gore ...

DDB's trend observation arm, DDB SignBank, has come up with some interesting research on stereotypical age behaviour. Apparently, society's rebels are no longer teenagers, but women in their fifties who are tired of their husbands and kids, and looking for a new lease in life. Maybe the Monty Python boys weren't far wrong with their Hell's Grannies sketch all those years ago ...

Rick Bendel, the marketing chief at Asda, barely had time to warm his seat at a recent Q&A session before being challenged on his handling of the retailer's advertising review. After turning up late, he was immediately put on the spot with the tricky question. Bendel was also asked why he publicly criticised the use of celebrities in retail advertising, while Fallon was frantically seeking the services of a comedian for its first Asda campaign, as pointed out by Diary last week.


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