Tales of high jinks at the quarterly meeting of the Internet
Advertising Bureau. According to one scurrilous gossip, Philip Rooke,
Carlton Interactive’s managing director, was so excited he nodded off
during an in-depth discussion on online research. Hotcakes can’t imagine
why. Rooke confesses to having been ’a little bored’ by the endless chat
about page impressions, but he flatly denies the charge that he was
snoozing. All of which reminds Hotcakes of her father dozing in front of
the television and insisting he was ’just resting his eyes’.
Meanwhile Richard Holman, head of the online sales house AdLink, was
kind enough to sponsor the coffee at the same IAB gathering - presumably
an attempt to keep the likes of Rooke awake. But he was none too pleased
when he realised his surname had been printed on IAB conference material
as ’Hymen’. It just doesn’t have the same ring to it, eh Richard?
Sometimes nicknames are acquired unfairly, but perhaps not in the case
of CNN’s vice-president of sales Lawson Muncaster. The forthright Scot,
who is known for his dry wit, has often been likened to Robbie Coltrane
- though his girth does not warrant such comparisons. But Hotcakes had
always assumed the nickname ’Awesome Lunchmaster’ was largely without
foundation. Until last week, that is, when Hotcakes was lunching a
contact at one of London’s posh eateries and spotted Muncaster seated at
a table on his own. Assuming he was waiting for some agency honcho,
Hotcakes kept half an eye on his table for a sniff of a story. But
no-one joined Muncaster, who treated himself to a three-course slap-up
with just his newspaper for company. What’s wrong with a quick sandwich
at your desk, Lawson?
Front’s camera-shy editor Piers Hernu has been busy showing off his own
hotcakes. Busty Hernu, a curvy 46-44-48, spent an evening in Tenerife’s
infamous Playa de las Americas attracting scores of admirers. While
Hotcakes approves of the blonde bombshell’s, er, front, she fears Hernu
is copying her own stylish look.