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Diary: On the QT ..

Which leading executive creative director called his staff together to tell them only one person in the department was doing good work and that the rest of them were crap? And who was that one person? Well it was him, of course. Diary has decided to spare blushes by not naming names ...

Just one day after Bartle Bogle Hegarty voted in favour of unpaid leave over redundancies, Diary was trying desperately to get hold of Ben Fennell, the agency's chief executive, for an explanation. Alas, he was already on holiday ...

Oh how we all laughed at that infamous 2004 hoax e-mail sent to leading industry figures and Grey clients suggesting that Garry Lace, then the agency's chief executive, was planning to go into business with one of his clients to launch an Air Miles-type loyalty scheme. Even Lace, just about to launch his own agency with Robert Campbell, can have a bit of a giggle about it now. "Let's just say we won't be launching any loyalty schemes," he says. "Mind you, if one wanted to appoint us ..." ...

No noses were put out of joint at last week's Outdoor Advertising Association's outdoor conference. In fact, it turned out to be a bit of an out-of-home industry love-in, with the arch-rivals Kinetic and Posterscope and Clear Channel and CBS sharing the stage together. There were, however, plenty of hips put out of joint, as the OAA decided on picking the world's most uncomfortable chairs for delegates to sit on. Attendees were spotted hobbling to the bar like John Wayne after a particularly long horse ride ...

Diary hears Bournemouth & Poole Tourist Office has booked a whopping £60,000 ad campaign to promote the area's relaxed atmosphere and beautiful coastline (read string vests and donkey rides) to cash in on recession-hit holidaymakers. They shouldn't have to work too hard on the ad strapline. In this climate, "Come to Bournemouth, you're skint and it's cheap" would probably work a treat.

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