Political parties armed themselves for an election that never happened. And just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, The Ivy, adland's culinary cottage in Covent Garden, struck Bang Bang Chicken off the menu.
The news sent shockwaves through the advertising industry. Adland was already grappling with clampdowns on junk food, alcohol, cigarettes, and even car advertising. But to be prevented from enjoying chunky chicken fried in a peanut butter sauce was one ban (and culinary cock-up) too many.
Someone had to take a stand. So Campaign journalists deserted the establishment in their droves, with much of adland following.
And that's how it stayed until last week. Proving it can truly be an agent for change, Diary was told that Bang Bang was undoubtedly on its way back. A quick glance at the menu proves that this is, in fact, the case, and we can all start flocking back to West Street.
There's only one snag. Closer inspection shows that although Bang Bang is back in its rightful place, Sashimi, the healthy alternative (and Diary's second favourite dish), has mysteriously fallen off the menu. The Ivy's greatest revival is its second greatest loss.