Everyone who was at last week’s D&AD bash can rest assured that
no-one else could find their friends either.
Also, we discovered the bar in the Odeon was closed and we were expected
to sit through two hours worth of awards without so much as a box of
Then, we were accosted by a disgruntled creative who didn’t like the way
we’d covered a story on his agency. But this was nothing to the mayhem
that followed at the Cafe Royal.
What was the point of the blokes in suits running around proclaiming
that there had been an incident? Other people get muted lighting and
flowers on the tables for their industry bashes - we get garish
flashbulbs and traffic cones.
Bartle Bogle Hegarty was overcharged pounds 1,000 for drinks, while
other agency parties waited nearly an hour for the wine to arrive. At
more than pounds 150 a ticket, it was a bit much to swallow - or
Trevor Beattie and Nigel Rose continued their long-running feud over
Wonderbra credits, with Trev going over to say hello but Nigel refusing
to be drawn into a conversation.
Cue much foot-stamping and finger-wagging.
The saddest sight of the evening was Dick Dunford and Andrew McGuinness
from McCann-Erickson, who won a silver for their radio ad for Sega,
appearing on stage with T-shirts proclaiming ’for’ and ’hire’. They were
made redundant a month ago and are still seeking a job. Someone should
snap them up.