Hotcakes would like to congratulate Stephen Dunbar-Johnson,
worldwide ad director at the International Herald Tribune. The
double-barrelled high-flier last week became the proud (presumably
’proud’ is a euphemism for ’terrified’ when it comes to parenthood)
father of twins. Does this mean he’ll be cutting down on the travel? ’It
depends how noisy the babies are,’ D-J quipped. ’I might end up
travelling even more.’
Best of luck to David Hall Publishing, which has just launched a niche
fish-fancying magazine. Even better luck to all those who have to type
the monthly mag’s title. Still, I’m sure Total Carp will be a great
Let’s raise a Stolichnaya to the extremely large and well-known
publishing company that recently decided to venture into Russia. A
senior manager was sent over to Moscow with grand plans for a 60,000
controlled circulation magazine, going out to key players in the luxury
goods market. His mission was to gather a potential circulation list and
meet some of the big names.
Unfortunately, the first person he met arrived with an entourage of
bouncers and henchmen. This imposing figure pointed out that no-one was
going to put their name on the circulation list because most luxury
goods dealers are in the Mafia.
Still, the company’s next venture - to be aimed at Colombian
horticulturalists - will doubtless be a great success.
Rumours reach Hotcakes of fisticuffs at More Group. BJK&E recently
threatened More with legal action for failing to erect a giant poster of
the curvaceous Kelly Brook wearing a Triumph bra.
Health and safety officials had banned the poster - something about it
being top heavy - hours before it was due to go up. But rather than
coming to each other’s defence, a couple of the staff apparently decided
to box each other’s ears.