Diary: On the QT ...

Bruce Crouch, the Nitro founder and father of the England football team's man of the moment, Peter Crouch, is feeling the pinch of his son's fame. Paparazzi have been camped outside his house for the past week.

One snapper even followed Crouch as he walked his dog, asking if it was his son's pet ...

Dennis Publishing's Maxim has just signed a deal to build the Maxim Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Opening in 2010, it will have 2,300 rooms, a 60-square-foot casino, celebrity chefs and collaboration with the nightlife impresario Rande (Mr Cindy Crawford) Gerber. Diary isn't sure how many of the 15-year-olds who make up most of the title's readers earn enough to pay for a room ...

Is there a trend for extreme displays of fitness? No sooner does Rapier's Jonathan Stead complete the Haute Route, than WWAV Rapp Collins' creative director, Barney Cockerell, and Geoff Martin from Dispatches announce they are to take part in the Ironman UK contest. Obviously they can't be outdone by the WWAV chairman, Ian Haworth, and the European chief executive, Chris Gordon, who have already run the New York marathon ...

A week after Victoria and David Beckham gave out red Motorola SLVR phones, aimed at raising fundas and awareness of Aids in Africa, at their party, Clemmow Hornby Inge has given one to everyone at the agency.

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