Diary: On the QT ...

Steve Blamer, the man charged with putting the spring back in FCB's step, detects a much less swinging London ad scene from the last time he was here, as the chief executive of Grey London five years ago.

"When I was here, it was very rock and roll," he says. "Now Elvis has left the building" ... A shock for William Eccleshare on arrival at the High Court last week to challenge the length of the "gardening leave" imposed on him by Young & Rubicam Europe before he can take over as BBDO's European chairman.

Mr Justice Davis, who was to hear the case, is the identical twin of Ian Davis, the worldwide managing director of McKinsey, Eccleshare's one-time employer ... The four pitching agencies for the prize British Airways account can be forgiven for wondering what they've got themselves into. Last week, M&C Saatchi, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, DDB London and JWT attended their first briefing meeting with the client, which, for some reason, was called Deep Soak ... Last week, we suggested the founders of Archibald Ingall Stretton could console their partners for the time they have had to spend away from home building their agency, by giving them one of their Je Joue non-penetrating vibrators. Needless to say, this caused offence. We mean, the very idea Stuart Archibald has a partner. What were we thinking?