Diary: On the QT ...

The Beattie McGuinness Bungay founders Trevor Beattie and Bil Bungay found themselves in a bidding war against Justin Cernis, the managing director of Great Guns, at the recent Creative Ball.

Obviously, it's not unusual for those in the ad industry to bid for charity, but what made this battle stand out from the rest was the prize: a two-week placement at Beattie's own agency. Cernis won, but with a side agreement that the juniors who picked up the placement would dislodge Beattie from his own office for the entire two weeks ...

Having just agreed to fork out £660 million for the digital marketing specialist Digitas, Maurice Levy had planned to go on the piste in Switzerland. Alas, the Publicis chairman's trip went down the pan when the seasonal snow failed to appear. Proof, were any needed, that money can't buy you everything ...

According to the IPA, since 1 November, it has clocked up a record number of downloads of its 2006 IPA Effectiveness case histories, with 7,790 downloads in that time, compared with 3,500 in the same time period in 2005 ...

Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners has proven that not all old people think that the internet is akin to devil worship by donating ten computers to the residents of Peterhouse, Nabs' retirement home in Bexhill. The resident most excited about the news is its oldest guest Eric, who is 101 years old ...

Two more creative directors have shown their management that they could handle more work, by publishing books. Jonathan Drapes, from cdp-travissully, has put out a book called Never Admit to Beige that details the adventures of Trigger Hardy as he travels around the world trying to retrieve his lost luck. Meanwhile, LBI's Jeremy Garner has produced a book that not only features a 15-year-old murder, a hidden corpse and a struggling start-up, but also manages to detail the pressures of new business, downsizing, power struggles and dealing with holding companies.

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