Diary: On the QT ..

Rumour has it that after the less-than-euphoric reaction to the latest British Airways ad, Maurice Saatchi seized the moment during a chance encounter with BA's chief executive, Willie Walsh, at a London restaurant.

"Hello Willie," the M&C Saatchi founding partner smiled. "Can we have our ball back?" Apparently, Walsh found this side-splittingly funny. More than can be said for that Bartle Bogle Hegarty turkey ...

You might expect Saatchi & Saatchi to still be buzzing after the agency that once did so much for the Conservatives was picked by Labour to help them win the next election. Not so, judging by the bored look on the face of Chris Chalk, Saatchis' chief strategy officer, at the recent Labour party conference. Unfortunately for him, the Daily Express published a photo of him mid-grimace ...

WCRS's Ollie Beale found himself in an awkward predicament at last week's Inside Soap Awards. Confident that he was down on the guestlist, the Brylcreem creative strutted up the red carpet along with the celebrities. When asked his name, he replied confidently "Ollie Beale", to which the bouncer said: "No. Not your screen name, you're real name." A short argument ensued before he was let inside ...

There were further scenes of confusion when Arsenal fans David Kershaw of M&C Saatchi and Andy Barnes of Channel 4 arrived at an East-End boozer to share a pre-match bevvy with West Ham fan Graham Duff of Universal McCann. All was fine in the Hammers stronghold until Kershaw ordered a glass of rose - a tipple not often served in Plaistow ...

Baroness Peta Buscombe isn't best pleased that somebody blabbed to Campaign about the Advertising Association's decision to hike membership fees. A frosty e-mail from the AA chief to council members has reminded them to keep their gobs shut in future. Sorry M'Lady, but Diary suspects not many of the troops will be willing to bend the knee on this one.


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