Diary: On the QT ...

Clemmow Hornby Inge clearly wants the Arla Foods business - 30 staff turned up for the pitch. All a bit overwhelming for its Wieden & Kennedy rival, which put up a team of four ...

118 118 - they have got your number. Well, unless you happen to be their ad agency. If you phone the service to ask for WCRS's group company, Engine, then, amazingly, it doesn't appear to be listed. Not that Engine will be able to ring 118 118 to sort it out, either, as all staff are banned from calling the service because it's too expensive ...

Diary sends its condolences to Peter Travis on the death of an old friend, his 19-year-old Mercedes 300E. As previously reported in QT, the normally mild-mannered cdp-travissully chairman is transformed into a Kosovan minicab driver once behind the wheel. So the manner of the Merc's passing comes as no surprise. "It went out as it had lived since our affair began some six years ago," Travis says, brushing away a tear. "Romping up the motorway at well over 100mph when there was a loud bang. So it was quick and hopefully painless" ...

Isn't it great that after eight years running the agency they founded, Stuart Archibald, Jon Ingall and Steve Stretton still find time to bond and, ahem, plot their future strategy. Last week, the trio jetted off to Las Vegas for their annual management conference. Topics for discussion apparently included the Tom Jones concert they attended and how Archibald kept being mistaken for George Clooney. Or so he claims ...

Want to know if WCRS has won Churchill Insurance? Just ask the agency. In response, you will get an e-mail of the Churchill dog and a speech bubble declaring: "Oh yes." ...

Two weeks into his suspension as Lowe London's chief executive, Garry Lace is still keeping a high profile. Diary's man with a napkin spotted him at a corner table in The Wolseley on Monday with his old boss, the AMV group chairman, Michael Baulk.

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