DIARY: HOTCAKES

Nuff respect goes out to John Brown, the eponymous chief executive, who appeared on Ruby Wax Meets ... a couple of weeks ago.

Nuff respect goes out to John Brown, the eponymous chief executive,

who appeared on Ruby Wax Meets ... a couple of weeks ago.



Having to compete with the shy and retiring host, as well as former

Rolling Stones playthings Anita Pallenburg and Marianne Faithful, John

really pushed it to the edge with a tale of his wildest moments.



The king of contract publishing told of his young pup job as a chauffeur

in New York where he had - shock of shocks - ferried around members of

ultra-butch band, the Village People. Rock on, John.



The Second World War in Colour has been a vivid success for Carlton,

with the critics heaping praise on the three-part series. Sam Taylor of

The Observer said it should go ’straight on the national

curriculum’.



But perhaps the most interested viewer was a little beyond school

age.



Mr Martell - formerly Captain Alexander Naglovsky - spotted himself in

the promotional poster and contacted Carlton. Given that Hotcakes can’t

recognise herself in the last batch of Evening Out With ... photos (you

were upside down in most of them - Ed), we congratulate Martell on his

eagle eyes - especially as he must have been black and white back

then.



Last week a little-known publishing house called Yellow Man bought

several games magazines from receiver-bound Rapide Publishing. Hotcakes

called Yellow Man to discover the pedigree of this company. ’We have a

number of ventures in a number of media,’ explained Yellow Man boss Hugh

Gollner, helpfully. So what of Gollner’s own background? ’I was at IDG

and did a brief stint at Emap Images,’ he said. A quick check with Emap

revealed that his stint there was truly brief. One staffer remembered it

as ’about three weeks’, another said it was ’more like three days’.

Apparently he found life at Emap Images ’too stressful’ - strange

decision to set up his own company then.



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