DIARY: HOTCAKES

Ahhhhhh ... the nutty, roasted, enchanting aroma of South America. According to Elisabeth Murdoch, the media hack fraternity should have guessed she was about to leave the family company and have a baby, because she has given up her trademark Marlboro Lights.

Ahhhhhh ... the nutty, roasted, enchanting aroma of South

America.



Just this side of decadent, I’m sure you’ll agree.



Well not in our bloody office it isn’t. The coffee machine spews out a

liquid more deadly than decadent, and more Rochdale than Rio.



But nasty or not, we all swill gallons of the stuff, fluctuating between

blurry-eyed lethargy and quivering bug-eyed mania. Regular trips to the

machine are essential, but if you want to leave any time to do some work

(and avoid nasty burns), you’re going to need one of these handy coffee

cup holders.



With this hi-tech piece of equipment you can swagger into the tea room

and lord it over the paupers as they nervously tiptoe along with wobbly,

customised cardboard boxes and in-trays piled high with number 14s and

white-with-twos.



Watch them flinch when they remove a hand and try to open a door, their

previous Kenco-related injuries well evidenced by the swathes of

bandages that adorn their wrists.



Meanwhile, you can fill up in style, before bursting through the door -

carefully avoiding any box-bearers and tea-balancers - and pirouetting

down the stairs.



Or you could just buy a kettle.





Coffee holder - 76p



Available from Dudley Office Supplies - 0870 800 6999.



According to Elisabeth Murdoch, the media hack fraternity should

have guessed she was about to leave the family company and have a baby,

because she has given up her trademark Marlboro Lights.



What, then, will the media posse make of Hello! publishing director

Sally Cartwright’s decision to give up her favourite fags. Cartwright -

who tended to favour those long, thin More ciggies - had apparently

decided to give up last Wednesday, although she was still puffing away

with the best of them at Tuesday’s PPA bash.



Surely Cartwright can’t be leaving her job and having a baby? No, in her

case the reason for abstinence is that she has landed the part of Maria

in her local amateur-dramatic production of The Sound of Music.



One ’friend’ commented: ’She sounds more like Rex Harrison, but the

giving up fags should help - a bit.’





Hotcakes loves Nova, the new style bible from IPC. And the party to

launch the 60s-meets-noughties glossy, at Oliver Peyton’s trendy Isola

in Knightsbridge, was a cool affair too. It might, however, have been a

little more chilled had it not been for Michelle Collins, aka ’that

Cindy off of EastEnders’.



Collins seemed to get rather attached to Sly Bailey and kept collaring

her to describe the conversations she had just had with potential

advertisers and various journalists. ’I’m doing a top PR job for you

Sly,’ she panted at regular intervals. The whole thing was made doubly

confusing by Collins’ passing resemblance to la Bailey. Perhaps she’s

suffering from a Narcissus complex.





Emap top dog Tom Toumazis is still looking for a head of magazine

sales.



But, like the chaps at The Sun and The Mirror, he is finding the

recruitment process a tough one. Rumour has it one recent candidate came

in, listened to details of the job remit, had lengthy discussions,

agreed an approximate salary level and then turned Toumazis down.



Nothing particularly odd about that, except that the said candidate is

rumoured to have a girlfriend in the upper echelons at - you guessed it

- Emap. Hotcakes wonders whether the salary details have filtered down

yet to the sales floor.



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