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Diary: On the QT ..

The bars and restaurants surrounding the Royal Festival Hall experienced an unexpected boost in sales on the evening of last week's D&AD Awards.

By all accounts, the do was lacking in adland's two essentials, posh nosh and booze, causing a mass evacuation of the ceremony. While a number opted for the bar across the road, JWT's Russell Ramsey took it a step further and was overheard F-ing and blinding as he booked himself into a nearby restaurant. Perhaps he should have adopted the technique employed by DDB's Stephen Woodford and Nick Bell, who enlisted a creative minion to run up the road and fetch some McDonald's for them both to scoff in their premium box of the RFH. Despite the empty bellies, and dry throats, the compere, Simon Amstell, cracked a few gags, comparing the yellow Pencils to Homer Simpson's, er, member. This has prompted suggestions for the black Pencils, the most popular being the Cadbury gorilla's reproductive organ ...

One bunch of folks who clearly didn't go hungry were the extras on the shoot for Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy's recent Waitrose ad. The agency managed to break the record for rolling out the biggest- ever picnic blanket ...

The former Bartle Bogle Hegarty creative Cindy Gallop is getting a nice bit of exposure in The Sunday Times these days. Earlier this month, Diary clocked photos of her pad gracing the paper's Style section, and in last week's Sunday Times she was quoted in an article about high-flying women who go out with toy boys. With a plush apartment and expertise in the New York dating scene, it looks like Gallop is living the dream for Sex and the City fans ...

Another series of The Apprentice, and another trip to an ad agency for the teams, who were this week creating ads for tissues. Once again, though, the efforts of Ogilvy's Gary Leih and Rory Sutherland were lost on the contestants, who created the worst ads Diary has ever seen.

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