Life has to move on, things must advance,times must change.
I accept this. On the other hand, some aspects of the status quo should
definitely be left as they are.
Most of the time, I live a fairly uncomplicated life. When I want a pair
of shoes, I go to a shoe shop. When I want a pack of cigarettes, I go to
a tobacconist. When I want a drink, I go to a bar or maybe a coffee
shop. And when I have a meeting at a media agency, I go to a meeting
Recently, however, these simple rules have been thrown into turmoil.
It’s not that you can suddenly buy shoes from the off-licence, or
cigarettes from Russell & Bromley. But why have all the agencies turned
into bars and coffee shops? I really can’t see the point.
I work in Soho and there is no shortage of drinkeries, so why should
agencies start treading on the toes of the established bar and cafe
It all came to a head last Friday when I popped into a very smart bar,
full of happy and good-looking people, to have a quick drink. To my
horror I discovered that I was actually in an advertising agency. In
fact, I was forced to perform a lengthy magazine pitch to justify my
Of course, it can always work both ways. That lot will be sorry when
Starbucks starts buying space at better rates than them.
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