DIARY: HOTCAKES

Hotcakes has learned that at least one individual has survived the IPC Music and Sport leaving ritual, as described in our ’Women in a man’s world’ feature (Media Business, 15 November). However, as the victim is male, the humiliation clearly isn’t gender specific.

Hotcakes has learned that at least one individual has survived the

IPC Music and Sport leaving ritual, as described in our ’Women in a

man’s world’ feature (Media Business, 15 November). However, as the

victim is male, the humiliation clearly isn’t gender specific.



This unfortunate was tied to a chair, sprayed with a fire extinguisher

with a cheese naan bread taped to his head and sent up and down in the

IPC lift until somebody rescued him ... one-and-a-half hours later. Our

informant - while declining to reveal the naan veteran’s name - lets

slip that he now works at The Mail on Sunday and ’goes to the gym more

often’ in order to stave off similar attacks.



Manning Gottlieb Media has been receiving amusing calls from people keen

to take the agency up on its call for more creative media solutions. One

prankster, not entirely unconnected to the incident above, claimed to

represent West Midlands Safari Park.



He wanted to sell large advertising spaces on hippos, with smaller

’classified’ slots available on rabbits.



Don’t spend too much on that Carhartt anorak this winter - marauding

members of the public are snipping chunks out of coat hoods as a result

of a recent Dulux TV ad.



The ad, which carries the tagline ’You find the colour, we’ll match it’,

shows a woman surreptitiously cutting a piece of orange material from a

man’s hood (see left). The ITC has received complaints about it from

victims who have been ’snipped’ in copycat incidents.



The watchdog doesn’t reveal whether the ad that shows somebody stealing

underwear from a washing line has inspired a rash of

knicker-snatching.



After the premiere of Tube Tales, the Sky-funded movie set on the

Underground, Carlton Screen Advertising’s marketing manager Nicola Young

and Hotcakes debate a possible sequel, called Taxi Tales.



Young recalls the time she hurried up to a cab that was about to

disgorge a passenger. Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall hopped out,

loudly singing one of his own songs. Later, the driver revealed that

Hucknall had spent the entire journey screeching the Simply Red

songbook. ’And he didn’t even leave a bloody tip.’



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