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Diary: On the QT ..

Creatives at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO are having all their ads ripped to shreds. But this isn't just a regular catch-up with Paul Brazier.

The agency's new green initiative takes old ads and recycles them into new ones (isn't that what many agencies are doing nowadays anyway?). One of the ads articulates this with the line: "Even your work that goes nowhere goes somewhere." ...

Diary would like to apologise to diners at the Mint Leaf last Thursday evening. The bogs could not have been left in too pleasant a condition after Leo Burnett's Paul Lawson, Jim Bolton and John Burley were seen slipping in sequentially after a bout of the runs ...

Here's a piece of planning genius you might not have noticed: motorhomes are experiencing a revival. The image library Corbis has based its entire sales pitch on this fact, promising "expert commentary on the latest trends of this cultural phenomenon". Diary feels the point is slightly overstated ...

Alan James, the chief executive of the Outdoor Advertising Association, has had to deal with quite a few oddballs phoning him up with potty ideas over the years. One loon (presumably trying get some advertising revenue for himself) asked the OAA if he could put a big poster site in his garden. Another wanted a big ad poster sheet across the front of his house - just leaving a hole for the door so he could get in and out. Talk about the hard sell ...

Agency rivalry used to centre around the number of creative awards or new-business wins. Now there is a new measure of success: office space. Diary understands Beattie McGuinness Bungay is considering having three London offices after it heard that one of its rivals has expanded into two ...

Misty-eyed nostalgics should know that Peter Marsh is planning a reunion for employees of Allen Brady & Marsh, the 80s agency famed for ads such as R White's "secret lemonade drinker". Alumni should e-mail: martyn.grover@virgin.com.

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