Diary: On the QT ...

Sir Martin Sorrell and Johnny Hornby may be giving some serious thought to only ever flying on private jets in future, after being contacted by BA and informed that they had to be tested for chemical poisoning. It appears that the pair had recently been on the plane that has tested positive for the deadly polonium-210 ...

As jokes fly around the industry about Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners' predilection for constantly creating ads filled with singing and dancing, there's a rumour going round that one of the agency's clients has reputedly taken umbrage at this. DLKW is said to have recently received a letter from Halifax - famous for using singing employees in its work - stating that the agency could no longer use singing in its ads because the idea is the property of the bank ...

This week, there were a number of agencies duking it out at the IPA's annual Interagency Debate, where companies put forward their most promising graduates who then have to fight it out in a debate-based contest. However, this year saw a dose of sour grapes as some of the contenders believed M&C Saatchi's entrants (who eventually ended up winning the whole caboodle) were not grads, but were, in fact, senior account handlers ...

The corridors of Publicis became a hairier place to be in November as a number of staff got involved with "Movember", a charity event held each year in support of a prostate cancer charity. Participants were all sent off to a gentleman's barbers, Geo F Trumper, in Mayfair to be cleanly shaven on the first day of the month. The chaps then had a month to cultivate the best moustache, to be judged at a fundraising event on 30 November. The competition was won by the Tom Selleck-esque Doug MacKenzie ...

And it is an embarrassed silence for the PR person at ITV who sent out the TV network's Christmas party invites for journalists and included every detail except for one incredibly important omission - the actual date of the party. Like any screw-up of this nature, though, within about ten minutes or so, a very apologetic e-mail came through with the date of Tuesday 19 December contained therein.


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