Diary: On the QT ...

Red faces at Sky Plus, which had to apologise to customers ringing one of its call centres only to be played a continuous loop of the unedited version of Eamon's Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back). Better stick to Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head in future ... No quiet retirement for Alan Whicker, the star of the Travelocity TV campaign. Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy is dispatching the 79-year-old to southern Thailand, an area so volatile the Foreign Office is advising Brits to avoid it, to film some new spots.

Doubtless the blazered one's charm will see him through ... Ben Slater, the Clemmow Hornby Inge new-business director, has been looking a bit bleary-eyed since becoming Ray Liotta's rough guide to London. The Goodfellas star, who also features in a CHI campaign for Heineken, has had a table at Nobu, a night out at the super-trendy Pangaea and tickets for last weekend's Spurs v Charlton game all sorted out for him by his new best friend ... Argos, the purveyor of bling to the masses, is clearly keen to help its chav customers. They need only to type the word "chav" into the search engine on the retailer's website to be presented with an array of chunky gold baubles ... Grey London was out in force along with a clutch of celebs last week at 11 Downing Street where Gordon Brown hosted a reception for its charity client PiggyBankKids. For some reason, Brown managed only a few words with the former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan but was seen locked in deep conversation with the former EastEnders star Ross Kemp, The Sun's editor Rebekah Wade's other half ... Wonder what Charles Saatchi, best known as a patron of the arts, makes of the waxwork effigy of himself created by Gordon McHarg.

It features Saatchi standing on a Scrabble board, brandishing a chair that he's about to throw - an apparent allusion to the time he was the scourge of Charlotte Street's creative department ... Congratulations to Bruce Haines, the Leo Burnett group chief executive, and Ann Hunter, his PA, who are celebrating ten years working together with a do at the Groucho Club. They're made for each other.

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