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Diary: On the QT ..

The culture secretary, Andy Burnham, showed just how in touch he was with popular culture at the Internet Advertising Bureau conference last week when he was asked what his favourite ad was.

After a long pause, he said he liked the one with the orang-utan in it but he couldn't remember what it was for ...

OMD and Carat have been at loggerheads since the Renault/Nissan shoot-out (OMD won). The archrivals are now set to battle it out for Vodafone and they've been gearing up for their final tussle of the year in the best way possible - by watching the wrestling. Carat's Neil Jones and OMD's Jonathan Allan were seated just a few rows apart at a recent WWE match. Can we expect chair hurling at the Vodafone pitch? If so, Diary would like a ringside seat ...

Despite the downturn, Andy Barnes, the Channel 4 sales director, was feeling flush at a recent presentation for advertisers. Barnes handed out lottery tickets to representatives from the likes of Unilever, COI and Danone. He wasn't making the point that advertising on Channel 4 is a lottery these days, but that consumer spending on the lottery actually goes up during a downturn. Sadly, Campaign didn't pick a winning ticket ...

Rumour has it that the Asda Christmas spot suffered a last-minute hitch after one of the products featured in the ad sold out over the weekend, causing mass-panic at the post- production house. The offending item had to be edited out just in time for the ad's launch on Monday ...

The Radio 1 DJ Trevor Nelson got knee-deep in technology at glue London on Friday to show kids that science can lead to cool jobs outside of the lab. How much of the coding actually went in, between the constant phone calls on his mobile, is another matter ...

Ogilvy Advertising got charitable last week for BBC's Children in Need. The girls in the TV department raised £150 in a cake-off. Not surprisingly, the "cockolate cake" was a big hit.

When it comes to cafes in London, we all love those 'hidden gems' that are tucked away down a side street somewhere. So imagine the excitement when Lantana popped up in Charlotte's Place recently. Not only has it received great reviews, but it's run by Proximity's very own ecd Caitlyn Ryan.

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