Diary: On the QT ...

The veteran rocker Lemmy, of Motorhead fame, might be renowned for his consumption of Jack Daniel, but it seems his favourite brand is rather more English.

"I've done ads for crisps and Kit Kats, but I'd like to do Marmite," he told Observer Food Monthly. "I like giving Americans Marmite 'cos they can't fucking stand it. It's amazing the faces they pull." Sounds like he's cracked the brand's next creative brief ...

Despite the reluctance of Cherie Blair to attend the wedding of her husband's former adviser, Anji Hunter, to Sky's Adam Boulton, this didn't stop Grey's Nicola Mendelsohn turning up ...

Is there nothing an agency bagman will not do for his client? Not when that client is Peter Stringham, HSBC's global marketing chief, who commands a £350 million spend, there isn't. Stringham entered into the spirit of things at the International Advertising Association's 70s-themed summer ball by sporting a pair of large sunglasses he seemed reluctant to remove. And certainly not while Toby Hoare, JWT's executive chairman, was constantly snapping him from every angle on his mobile phone ...

The drinks were on Sky last Thursday at MindShare's interactive day - it sponsored the event and laid on a generous bar in the evening. MindShare staff made the most of it by ordering numerous bottles of Bollinger.

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