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Diary: On the QT ..

It seems Dave Cameron has delivered a resounding "non" to a Euro RSCG ad for the Tories featuring Peter Mandelson.

The business secretary had suggested Britons protesting about foreign workers should seek jobs abroad. The ad was to have shown him dressed as Marie Antoinette with the caption: "Let them eat cake ... and look for a job abroad." But Cameron said the ad was "too personal" ...

Sir Martin Sorrell's quickfire response to e-mails is legendary. Now people are taking bets on how fast it is. At a recent dinner, Rupert Howell, ITV's commercial director, reckoned it would take 20 minutes, while another diner wagered it would be close on half-an-hour. The £20 pot went to another guest when Howell got a reply in less than eight minutes ...

Ever wondered how to stop "focus groupies" spoiling your strategy? Qualitative and Quantitative Research has been in touch with us from Laguna Woods, California, to tell us about its system under which respondents always tell the truth. How? It hypnotises them ...

Diary is happy to report that last week's appeal for Ronnie Kirkwood has turned up trumps. The IPA wanted him to autograph a copy of the Campaign Hall of Fame to be auctioned for Nabs. The Kirkwood Company founder has been tracked down in Bath and will be coming to London shortly to add his signature.

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