Diary: On the QT ...

Tony Blair may not exactly be Mr Popularity at home but he still has fans across the Channel, among them Maurice Levy.

The Publicis chairman was part of a group of French business leaders invited to 10 Downing Street last week to discuss Europe's future. And he was much impressed. "Blair may be seen as a lame duck in Britain," he says. "But, to me, he's a European visionary." ...

As the world's football fever intensifies, Andy Hepburn, the head of copy at Proximity, and his band, Fractured, have released a single called Mid-Table about supporting a lower-league team ...

Planning a holiday? Might we be so bold as to suggest some reading material to take with you? Apples, Insights and Mad Inventors is a new collection of Jeremy Bullmore's short pieces for eight consecutive WPP annual reports. Much more fun than you might expect ...

The prize for cheesiest ringtone in advertising goes to Bob Isherwood, the worldwide creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi. His mobile bangs out the Mission: Impossible theme tune, presumably to chime with Saatchis' "nothing is impossible"positioning ...

The IPA president, David Pattison, decided to show Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's Michael Baulk just how much of an asset he'd been to the industry by taking him for a retirement lunch at the Colombe D'Or in Cannes.

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