DIARY - HOTCAKES

Intriguing goings-on at Carlton Online. Managing director Phil Rooke and his team have been tidying up their new offices at Great Titchfield Street, formerly the headquarters of the ABC. In the process they unearthed an ancient Rolodex containing the home phone numbers of Dennis Healey and other former government ministers.

Intriguing goings-on at Carlton Online. Managing director Phil

Rooke and his team have been tidying up their new offices at Great

Titchfield Street, formerly the headquarters of the ABC. In the process

they unearthed an ancient Rolodex containing the home phone numbers of

Dennis Healey and other former government ministers.



The dusty file also contains details of ’who to call in the event of a

nuclear war’. ’Presumably that’s for those who wanted to get expenses in

during their last 30 seconds of existence,’ says Rooke.



The numbers can hardly be relevant today but he is going to shred them

all the same. Probably just as well: in a movie, the men in dark

raincoats would appear in his doorway about now.



Hello! was keen to trumpet ’the successful conclusion’ of its high court

battle with OK!. But not content with putting out a press release, the

Hello! crew provided some extra ’notes for editors’.



The notes said Hello! was one of the ’publishing success stories of the

decade’. But the ’About Northern & Shell’ section simply gave a list of

N&S’s titles.These included Boobs, Mega Boobs (do readers graduate from

the first to the second title?), Forty and Over, Fifty and Over and Posh

Wives!.



This was clearly a move to denigrate N&S, but one thing puzzles

Hotcakes: surely no one finds any of these one-handed reads as offensive

as either OK! or Hello!



Taxi Media has sold 40 taxi-sides to the South African tourist

board.



Seeing the opportunity to provide added value for the client, Taxi Media

suggested the South African tourist board fly the 40 cabbies out to Cape

Town and Johnannesburg, so that they can tell passengers about the

country.



But the cabbies aren’t going for it. One of their number explained to (a

very pissed) Hotcakes: ’Bleedin’ ell! They give you a bag of sand

(pounds 1,000), but they’d ’ave to give me an ’elluva lot more to chance

me arm in Jo’burg.’