Diary: On the QT ...

Matthew Pinsent, the Olympic gold medal-winning rower, could be forgiven for looking a little perplexed during the question and answer session of his closing speech on board the Oriana last week.

When the floor was opened up to delegates, many hands shot up keen to talk to him. So imagine the surprise of Pinsent and the organisers when the chosen speaker took the mic and said: "Erm, sorry for being a bit cheeky Matthew, but I've lost my mobile phone somewhere on board so I thought I'd take this opportunity to ask if anyone had found it." ...

If you thought food fights were strictly the domain of children's TV and musicals about gangsters starring child actors, think again as a potentially mucky battle of the baked beans brands could be about to break out. Reports say that Branston, the food company famous for its pickle, is planning to bastardise Heinz's iconic "Beans Means Heinz" line, which will become "Beans Means Branston" in an ad due to break later this month ...

If you were passing Modem Media's Euston office last week, you would have been treated to the sight of Norm Johnston, the agency's managing director, dressed in a Pearly King outfit for a shoot for Modem's new website. Luckily, the fact that Johnston hails from the US meant he was impervious to abuse in cockney rhyming slang from passers-by.

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