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Diary: On the QT ..

Friends of David Pattison, gathering last week to celebrate his departure from PHD (or lucky escape from Omnicom, depending on which way you look at it), were surprised to note how quickly he has moved to embrace his new life in digital.

Pattison will soon be taking over as i-level's group chief executive and has already grown some dangerous stubble as well as opening a few more buttons on his shirt. Clearly the rapping he unleashed at the IPA President's Reception was just the beginning ...

Seems as though last week's gathering of agency types in advance of the global pitch for the £175 million Nokia global business was less of a tissue meeting, more of a Bartle Bogle Hegarty reunion. JWT's global planning chief, Guy Murphy, Mother's Sophie Lewis and Dylan Williams and Wieden & Kennedy's Neil Christie and Tony Davidson were all on hand to air kiss and reminisce ...

Now we know that grad schemes are the best way to fill the agency with thrusting young talent and that if somebody is precociously talented, you might as well start them early. But isn't getting the son of Ben Fennell, BBH's managing director, to provide the voiceover for a Persil ad going a bit far ...

Has anybody clocked the latest "spot the difference" competition currently on air? There's no premium phoneline to call to claim your prize, but you might enjoy noting the resemblance between Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's spot for Sanex skincare and BBH's ad for Vaseline. Can there have ever been so many writhing bodies on the screen at the same time? ...

Word reaches Diary that anarchy was about to reign at last week's Market Research Conference in Brighton when a group calling itself the Research Liberation Front staged an "anti-research demo" outside the conference venue. The local police were alerted but the "demonstrators" turned out to be actors creating a bit of PR for MESH Planning.

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