Diary: On the QT ...

Some telesales executive must have thought he'd struck gold last week when, on cold-calling DDB, he found himself put straight through to the European president's office.

Michael Bray, who was minus his PA at the time, took the call. Well within his rights to put the phone-jockey in his place with some terse words, Bray instead modestly explained that "he was not the right person for this type of query" and that DDB was "good for the moment" on said office supplies. Diary suggests a call to Office Angels to ease the workload ...

Nice to hear that Steve Blamer is not sitting idle since his departure as FCB's worldwide chief in June. He's currently helping his wife, Linda, set up a company that will help keep fiftysomethings physically and mentally fit. "It will put at least six years on your life," Blamer, who hit the half-century last year, claims ...

Chris Thomas, the Singapore-based chief executive of BBDO Asia, wasn't pleased to be reminded in last week's Campaign feature on the top UK ad people working abroad that he was once called "a terrier on speed" by a former colleague. "They hang people here for that!" he cries ...

If you fancy a bit of inter-agency sniping, you could visit http://wklondon.typepad.com/welcome_to_optimism, Wieden & Kennedy's in-house blog. This week's writer obviously has some issues with the recently launched TBWA creative initiative: The Big What Adventure. This gives "outsiders" the chance to crack an ad brief. If successful, they get paid. However, the cheeky blogger says that "this will hardly be a path to riches" as well as being "amazed if any of the ideas even get to Steve Henry" ...

The industry will be sad to note that they will no longer be able to hear Craig Cash say the phrase "quote me happy" or see him standing looking gormless as his Grandma says it, because Norwich Union has been banned from using the line. It will now either be "keep you happy" or "make you happy".

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