I saw a punk on the Tube this week and felt a warm rush of nostalgia for a time when people enjoyed looking interesting (in a tribal kind of way) and challenging.
Meet the man who, in less than four years, captured the hearts of the tight-knit London scene and established Advertising Week Europe as a fixture in the industry calendar
There was a moment, pretty early on, in the talk between Sir Martin Sorrell and Bernie Ecclestone at Advertising Week Europe when it seemed the world had slipped on its axis. Were we back in the 70s?
Claire Beale meets the man who, in less than four years, captured the hearts of the tight-knit London scene and established Advertising Week Europe as a fixture in the industry calendar.
Advertising Week Europe kicks off this week with a new venue in London's Picturehouse Central and four days of seminars featuring agency chiefs and marketing leaders.
Next week will be dominated by Advertising Week Europe and D&AD's festival, where the world's best creative work will be judged and displayed (and we've dedicated more of this week's issue to creativity than usual to mark the occasion).
Integration is the theme of the week.
The School Reports are the definitive assessment of how the biggest advertising and media agencies performed last year.
I was in Campaign's US headquarters in the fashion district of Manhattan last week when the New York Post published a story headlined: "JWT CEO made rape jokes, mocked Jews and blacks: suit."
A small story from a senior woman in our industry.
Apparently, if you tally up the winners of the major effectiveness awards around the world over the past year, you'll discover that Procter & Gamble has displaced Unilever as the world's most effective advertiser.
I had a drink the other day with a young designer who has just struck out with a couple of partners to launch their own business.
Setting a budget can be a crude and unsatisfactory process.
There were a lot of unanswered questions when Publicis Groupe announced its restructure last autumn.
A researcher with a big brain told me the other day that the word "creative" is becoming toxic.
Two subjects dominate this week - wildly different but both important to secure the industry's future health.
In the past few months, I've been asked - not always politely, often with an aggressive call to duty and sometimes with a hint of the bully - to promote a range of reports, lectures, seminars, debates about women in creative industries.
Welcome back. Ready? Let's go.
Claire Beale reviews 2015 - when ads were blocked, offices uprooted, clients acted unpredictably and VW saw 50 years of brand-building go up in smoke.
It's not easy to get a grip on 2015.