Diary: Baulk's smoke machine and other adland funnies

Every old music-hall comic liked to leave 'em laughing and wanting more. As does Diary.

So, as our recently published list of adland's funniest stories left so many of you laughing in the aisles, we thought we would tickle you with an encore of some of the tales we couldn't accommodate last time around.

First up is Michael Baulk. The Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO chairman, late for an important client meeting at the agency, parked his Ferrari in the first spot he could find. Shortly afterwards, the fire alarms rang, the agency had to be evacuated and the Marylebone Road ended up gridlocked. Firemen checked the building. "OK," asked the officer in charge after the search had been completed, "who's the prick who parked the Ferrari under the smoke alarm?"

Much embarrassment, too, as M&C Saatchi prepared to pitch its "big idea" to bosses of Head, the Austrian sportswear company. "Just as long as your idea doesn't mention the war," Head's chief executive warned, while his colleagues chuckled. Moray MacLennan and the agency team blanched. Their suggested line? "War Head."

And finally, a black-tie tragedy for Nigel Clark. The one-time joint managing director of Collett Dickenson Pearce always kept a dinner-suit in his office ready for a swift Clark Kent-type dash to yet another evening function. This worked well until the day an agency joker sewed up his trouser bottoms.

I thank you.