Last week’s 25th Anniversary Press Awards proved an extraordinary
gathering, reuniting the likes of Lord Saatchi with Sir Tim Bell and
Martin Sorrell, Robin Miller with David Arculus and Saatchi again with
Michael Heseltine, formerly Maurice’s boss here at Haymarket. And that
was just table 64!
During the course of the evening several media luminaries embarrassed
themselves severely. We’re nice, so we’ll protect the names of not only
those who asked Campaign’s editor why he’d invited Michael Heseltine,
but also those who asked Campaign’s proprietor for his autograph - in
We shall also protect the anonymity of the well-known media man who said
to Campaign’s Anna Griffiths: ’Anna, my dear, the thing I love about
women’s fashion today - it’s just all so revealing.’ Revealing too was
the identity of the luminary who tried to chat up Mrs Saffron
Constantine, with her husband three paces away.
However, one vignette we just couldn’t resist passing on involved the
Body Shop’s wonderful Anita Roddick and WPP’s Martin Sorrell.
’Hi there! What are you doing these days?’ La Roddick asked in a
’Um, well, you know, this and that,’ Sorrell replied.
’I don’t read much about you in the papers,’ she continued.
’Really? Oh, I worry I’m a little over-exposed,’ said the increasingly
confused, super-high-profile Sorrell.
’I saw your partner the other day though,’ said the lovely Italian one,
’My partner? I’m sorry, who do you mean?’ Sorrell asked, by now totally
bemused and wondering how Roddick could have met Preston Rable.
’Oh come on John, Frances Newell ...’ Ms Roddick said, in some
’Uh-huh,’ mumbled Sorrell, looking for an escape route. Well, what else
could he say, really?
We pass this on in a spirit of great affection. Honest.