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Diary: On the QT ..

Nick Smith, the former director of marketing and strategy at British Gas, would be an intriguing choice of JWT chief executive if he ends up getting the job.

Not least because the two have a bit of history. When British Gas called a pitch for its creative account in 2001, Smith visited JWT, which was one of 15 shortlisted agencies. After the creds meeting, he stood up and walked out, having told the agency team: "That was shit" ...

Diary wonders what Smith would make of the agency's moustache-growing competition, the final of which takes place this week. Thirty-two staffers - with a bit of help from Mo's barber shop on Charlotte Street - have been busy growing some spectacular facial hair to raise money for research into prostate cancer ...

One London institution played host to another this week when Langan's was the scene for the 30th birthday bash of John Ayling & Associates. If anybody is deserving of a preservation order, it's surely Ayling, who is the only real survivor of the first wave of 70s media independents. Ayling's great forte was aligning his company with some of the most significant creative agency start-ups of the 80s. Among them was Bartle Bogle Hegarty, whose founding partners were all on hand to toast his continued good health ...

Get set for a fashion implosion next week. Politics meets style at a joint GQ/Spectator anniversary bash on Tuesday at Brown's Hotel. This should make for a fascinating encounter as we're pretty sure that style and the majority of politicians have never previously been introduced ...

Nabs is setting up an award in memory of the late adman (and Nabs stalwart) David Pilton to find the most original fundraising idea for the charity. The competition, which will have a £2,000 prize for the winner, is open to those within the first five years of their careers. Truly original ideas only, please. Sponsored head-shaves, baked bean baths and marathons won't do.

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