THE BOOK OF LISTS: The 10 Best strops

1. The king of all strops.

St Luke's staff, famed for a propensity to love everybody, got fed up and used their co-operative status to eject Andy Law Animal Farm-style. Rumour had it that the agency was sceptical of Law's international aspirations, and when he attempted to fire those not willing to fall in line - Phil Teer and Neil Henderson - the tables were turned and he found himself on the street.

2. Ros King was more than a little put out when Campaign - rightly - published that Boots was reviewing. King went straight to her keyboard and dashed off an e-mail to clients informing them that Campaign was publishing an ill-informed and utterly incorrect story about a Boots review. There isn't a pie big or humble enough in the land.

3. WPP and Cerberus

Passions get high when there's an ailing network to be snapped up so it was unsurprising when discussions between WPP and Cerberus Capital Management over the Cordiant debt descended into fisticuffs. Allegedly.

4. Nick Milligan, the deputy chief executive of five, when Jane Lighting got the chief executive's job at the station, is said to have been more than a little miffed. Rumour has it the pair didn't speak for several weeks, but he was eventually cheered up by the prospect of his reputed seven-figure bonus.

5. TBWA when it discovered that its former chief executive, Garry Lace, had invited two of its clients, Air Miles' Drew Thompson and PlayStation's David Patton, to luxuriate at the Grey villa in Cannes. Patton didn't show in the end and insiders say this is because all the bitching got too much for him.

6. Grey's Garry Lace when he arrived at his Cannes villa to discover that TBWA had kitted it out with TBWA-branded banners and towels. The normally jocular Lace did not raise a smile. An unhealthy rivalry between Grey and TBWA still lingers, having been bolstered by Grey's eventual snatching of the Air Miles account.

7. TBWA got stroppy again when Clemmow Hornby Inge won the One Account. The vitriol was tangible, with TBWA's chairman, Trevor Beattie, repeatedly slagging the agency's creative output. One reference in Private View was so bitter, Campaign felt compelled to edit it out. Cue Beattie strop.

8. James Hall, the former chief executive of Saatchi & Saatchi, on hearing that the network's Publicis parent had poached his creative director, Dave Droga, to feather its own nest. His language descended to new lows.

9. The UK ad community when Honda "cog" didn't win the Grand Prix at Cannes. That night it was the talk of the Traktor party, where many a Brit, including the Wieden & Kennedy team who were responsible for the spot, felt moved to drown their sorrows.

10. The lifetime award for regular strops

This goes to wise old John Billett. This year he's been pissed off at Campaign repeatedly. One such occasion was when we suggested that he was a tad hypocritical for putting himself up for the ITV adjudicator's job when he had so vociferously criticised the idea of a merger.


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