Hotcakes had her ear bent at the MediaCom TMB party last week by
agency pranksters who have been desperate to get this piece of tittle-
tattle in print for years.
The story features a certain BBJ employee who went on a mammoth pub
crawl during Euro ’96 (well, I did say it was old). In the midst of all
the festivities, our hero couldn’t believe his luck when he copped off
with a glamorous-looking chick who appeared to be gagging for it.
Unfortunately, as they were about to get down to business, the luckless
lothario had a Crying Game-style revelation. Yes, his bird was actually
Apparently the usually ebullient character was very quiet the next day,
until he shamefacedly (and foolishly) admitted his error. He has had to
suffer cruel ’ladyboy’ jokes ever since.
But if you’re reading this, take heart: Hotcakes has copped off with
several blokes by mistake in her time.
Hotcakes would like to pay tribute to her semi-namesake, Hot Car. While
the magazine undoubtedly looks fabulous, with a flame-red sports car on
the front, and while it may well have Auto Trader shitting itself - as
suggested by Loot managing director Graham Tolhurst last week - Hotcakes
has to question the choice of name.
Hot Car? Am I wrong in thinking that this unwittingly implies the
vehicles within its pages have somewhat colourful pasts, in a Roy from
EastEnders way? Perhaps not, but I’m looking forward to Bent Video
Player and Pony Washing Machine.
One other thing gave Hotcakes a chortle - the words ’Easy to read’ on
the front cover were so faint as to be almost illegible.
Anyway, I shall now stop picking on the lads at Loot. They’re brave
enough to take on the big boys, so best of luck to ’em.
The drinks are most definitely on the sales staff at Channel 5. When
Warburg Pincus sold its 18 per cent stake in the broadcaster a few weeks
ago, it decided to make a ’thank you’ gesture to the channel by way of a
pounds 4 million windfall.
Consequently, the Channel 5 directors decided to pay every employee
pounds 175 per month for every month they’d worked at the company. This
applied to everyone, from security guards to receptionists - and, of
course, sales people. So those who joined in 1996 - a year before the
channel’s launch - can expect a bonus this month of pounds 7,525. Nice.