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Diary: On the QT ..

Diary has already published pictures of the recent Lowe reunion showing Geoff Howard-Spink and Frank Lowe in a loving embrace after a few shandies.

But it transpires the events leading up to this Kodak moment were also quite funny. Earlier in the night, the pair were sharing a beer at the bar when Lowe decided it was time to get up and move on for a while. However, while doing this, he was heard to quip: "Lowe Howard-Spink, sounds like a good start-up." Diary wonders if Paul Hammersley was in earshot ...

Want to know what won it for Obama? The internet, stupid. This assessment comes to you courtesy of those relentless self-publicists at Golley Slater, who e-mail us pointing out how the internet played such a vital part in their campaign that propelled the Scottish National Party to victory in January 2007. Would that be the same SNP that just got humiliated by Labour at the Glenrothes by-election? ...

Diary has been interested to read that Temuri Ketsbaia is interested in returning to his old football club, Newcastle United, as manager. However, the Geordies might want to lay down a few pre-conditions. After scoring against Bolton in 1998, his bizarre celebration included kicking the life out of the McDonald's and Adidas perimeter advertising ...

Was Prince William taking his cue from a TV commercial at last week's charity reception when he calmed a tongue-tied girl by suggesting she imagine him naked? In a Euro RSCG ad for Clearasil, a student tries to put a nervous lecturer at ease by saying exactly that. It ends with a spoof warning that Clearasil "may cause confidence" ...

Lord Carter of Barnes (ex-JWT boss Stephen Carter to most of us) conjures up an intriguing picture of the future in his Times article urging the UK to get the high-tech in place so creativity can fly. "As a country, we will need to be both plumbers and poets," the minister for communications, technology and broadcasting says.

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