DIARY: Valentine’s fall-out 1: Leagas Shafron rivals say it with rhino dung

We’ve always said that love can be a smelly thing, but rarely can a Valentine’s day prank have been so, well...er, shitty, as that perpetrated on Leagas Shafron Davis’s deputy creative director, Rob Janowski.

We’ve always said that love can be a smelly thing, but rarely can a

Valentine’s day prank have been so, well...er, shitty, as that

perpetrated on Leagas Shafron Davis’s deputy creative director, Rob

Janowski.



It all began in the seething atmosphere of the Leagas Shafron boardroom.

Things were getting heated and the subject had turned to new-business

mailers. Of such stuff are top television drama series made.



Anyway, the account director, Nick Webb, was in full flow about said hot

topic, when Janowski interrupted him to say: ‘Well, if that’s what you

think, you may as well send out rhinoceros shit as one of your mailers.’



Now, I don’t know about you, but having traipsed around the Cotswold

Wildlife Park at Burford with three ecstatic under-fives, we at the

Diary know a thing or two about rhinoceros poo. Thing 1 is that it is

very big, Thing 2 is that it’s very smelly. In short, it’s not the sort

of thing you want to get as a Valentine’s day gift.



Imagine, then, Janowski’s delight on 14 February when he opened up a

tasteful pine presentation case to find nestling among a layer of red

velvet one whole pound of the freshest rhino dung from...? Well, your

guess is as good as mine.



Pausing only to note how well ‘poo’ rhymes with ‘violets are blue’,

we’re relieved to hear it wasn’t the same kind of shit that arrived in

Ogilvy and Mather’s postroom the other week.



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