Diary: On the QT ...

Associates with a colourful turn of phrase are rallying to the support of Brendan Ryan after reports that FCB's loss of the $200 million Samsung brand marketing assignment to WPP might hasten the departure of its worldwide chief executive. Some have suggested that the loss of Samsung, very much Ryan's baby, could cause David Bell, the chief executive of FCB's Interpublic parent, to bring in a new face. There's certainly no love lost between the pair. However, sources close to Ryan claim the loss makes no difference.

"There are only two people who don't know Ryan and Bell don't get on and they live on a farm in Oklahoma," one says. So no change then? "No," an FCB senior executive insists. "Brendan is still too full of piss and vinegar to give up now" ... You'd think Amsterdam's inhabitants would be pretty difficult to shock. But the Archibald Ingall Stretton creative partner Steve Stretton managed to do just that on his stag weekend. In a bid to pre-empt any tricks his chums had planned, he stripped and ran around Dam Square with such gusto that passers-by stopped to take pictures ... Spotted sharing a breakfast coffee in Pret with an as-yet-unnamed client: Suki Thompson of Haystack. But listen Suki, if you want to have confidential chats with clients, here's two bits of advice. One, ditch the faux leopard-skin coat; and two, don't use Pret in Hammersmith - it's simply too close to Campaign Towers ... Michael Winner, the public face of esure and the scourge of adland luvvies everywhere, is never one to miss a trick. His Christmas card turns out to be a shameless plug for his autobiography, Winner Takes All. Oh God! We've just plugged it again ... Residents of the leafy North London suburb of Highgate have just been treated to the sight of Ogilvy & Mather's chief executive, Paul Jackson, dressed in fetching purple overalls for a morning spent delivering groceries to Opodo customers. Appropriately for a man seeking to get under the skin of his client, Jackson was behind the wheel of a van with a large onion painted on the side. He chose purple overalls over green because "I thought they'd go better with my hair".


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