Diary: On the QT ...

Poor Robert Campbell. The United London executive creative director doesn't have much luck with transport.

Last time, it was his failure to cope with the pre-pay fares on bendy buses that found him £10 lighter of pocket and splashed across the Diary page. This time, he's broken his ankle after coming off his Harley-Davidson. Rumour has it that Campbell forgot to take the steering lock off, pulled away and dropped the bike on his foot, breaking his ankle in three places. Ouch ...

Possibly the best (and the earliest) Christmas party invite so far this year comes from Karmarama. The agency has signed David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff as its special guest ...

The age-old complaint from losing agencies in pitches that the winner bagged it on price will, for once, be true in the current contest for Abbey's non-credit card business. The bank has upset the direct marketing community with the news that the pitch will end either in sealed bids or as an online auction. The process is being conducted by the procurement division of the bank's owner, Banco Santander, which specified on the brief that "the best (cheapest)" agency will win ...

Pity the poor ex-McCann Erickson team who turned up at Euro RSCG London one Monday morning to work on the agency's new Reckitt Benckiser account in line with the new TUPE regulations. They were met with blank looks when they told the receptionist they were starting work that day ...

The lengths agencies will go to to please their clients. Can anyone explain what the EHS Brann planning director, Miranda Arnold, was doing dressed up in a pink baby-gro on Tuesday at a meeting with Barclays? ...

Matchmakers are getting more desperate to hide the identity of client pitches from the press. What other explanation could there be for The Haystack Group giving the codename Project Mungo to one of its briefs?


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