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Diary: On the QT ..

Some people are never off duty. Take those guardians of advertising morals, the BACC.

At last week's British Television Advertising Awards, an audible gasp went round their table at the moment when Johnny Vegas thrusts his pal Monkey into the washing machine in Mother's award-winning PG Tips spot. Clearly, they missed that shot first time round ...

Staying at the Grosvenor House, three cheers for JWT for inviting its former executive creative director Nick Bell up on stage to share the glory of its gold win for its MTV "idiots" anti-drink-driving viral ...

Competition for what surely was the most hotly contested award category of the year - Scotland's best-loved radio commercials actor - reached its climax last week. Would the nation opt for James Nesbitt and his soothing brogue? Perhaps Dawn French's comedic charm would win? Er ... neither, actually. Gavin, the Brummie windscreen fitter, won hands down with his appearance for Autoglass ...

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has narrowly avoided gastronomic catastrophe in Cannes this year. Apparently, an eager PA decided to take the initiative and book a table for ten at the Colombe d'Or. Only she failed to realise that, in addition to the iconic Provencal hotel, there's a roadside caff that trades by the same name. AMV's reservation is at the latter ...

Antidote's Tim Ashton reveals sotto voce that he sat next to Anya Hindmarsh at a wedding recently and they devised the concept for one of the fashion world's must-haves, the "I'm not a plastic bag" holdall. Let's forgive the name-dropping: it's all in a green cause ...

Malcolm Earnshaw, the soon-to-depart ISBA director-general, couldn't resist ending his final conference without a potshot at those hacks who suggested ISBA is a bit, well, fusty. It's nothing more than "village tittle tattle," he insists. Fear not, Malcolm. Campaign wouldn't dream of listening to such ill-informed talk.

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