Diary: On the QT ..

Some of adland's leading ladies are lining up to impart their wisdom to women following in their footsteps at the 2007 Wacl Forum on 10 May.

As well as industry bigwigs such as Rita Clifton, Tess Alps and Carolyn McCall, Wacl has also enlisted the founder of lastminute.com, Martha Lane Fox, as a guest speaker ...

It seems that Sir Richard Branson's ducks are a trifle out of line at the moment. As Virgin Media ploughs a huge amount of its marketing budget into distinguishing itself from Sky and its offering, the entrepreneur may want to take a look at the entertainment on offer on his planes. It's been two weeks since the official launch of his media empire, and his fleet of 747s are still showing Sky ads on heavy rotation on all its in-flight programming. Diary thinks it's time to have a word with Pearl & Dean ...

It's good to see there are still some folk in adland who like to tell the truth when it comes to talking about their work. When the team at Rapier were challenged about their recent Virgin Media ad, starring Uma Thurman, looking more than a little like a Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R ad for Virgin Atlantic, starring Helen Mirren, they were up front in admitting the original idea was so good they had decided to emulate it. Very good thinking, considering the idea won Rapier the pitch against RKCR/Y&R ...

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's latest Walkers campaign has upset at least one slightly sensitive viewer, who moaned: "The Walkers crisp commercial showing Gary Lineker with big ears is very inappropriate, because my children have big ears." ...

It's back to basics for VisitBritain, which needs to rethink its strategy of promoting Blighty to the gay tourist community abroad. Ads featuring "half-naked hunks, Kylie Minogue and semi-clad men under Big Ben" were deemed too stereotypical. New concepts will feature "iconic images" such as the Buckingham Palace Guards dressed in the rainbow colours of the gay pride movement.


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