Diary: On the QT ...

"I couldn't imagine working for an agency where your performance in the Big Brother house would help get you a job," Harry Dromey, one of Leo Burnett's graduate trainees, declared in a Campaign feature last week. Oh dear. It seems that the man who thought of the idea as a graduate recruiting tool for Grey London was Paul Lawson, now Burnett's managing director ...

The Garrick Club, established in 1831 as a society for "actors and men of refinement", might be expected to take a dim view of a would-be member from the grubby world of advertising. Or so thought Richard Warren, a founder of Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners, when nominated for membership. He stopped worrying when he discovered the head of the selection committee was one Sir Derek Hornby, father of Johnny ...

David Wethey, who has just overseen the new best-practice guide on agency remuneration, has had a tonsorial makeover.

The Agency Assessments chairman says he was spurred into action by the Campaign A List, which says he looks like a retired colonel ...

Pity ITV's commercial director, Ian McCulloch. Although he's managed to blag himself a nice office at ITV's Network Centre in Gray's Inn Road, it's not quite up to his usual standards. While his old office at LWT overlooked the Thames, his new gaff takes in a 60s car-park....

Has anybody noticed how the main character in Rapier's saucy campaign for Telewest, who has a predilection for whips and threesomes, bears an uncanny resemblance to Helen, the wife of John Townshend, the agency's creative director? ...

An early warning to those who enjoy a EUR600 bottle of Dom Perignon on the terrace of the Carlton Hotel on Cannes' main drag. The owners have put it up for sale. Standards look unlikely to slip too far though; interest has already been expressed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire Saudi owner of London's Savoy.

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