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Diary: On the QT ..

What does a creative partnership do when they've had enough of the ad game?

Write a novel? Sail round the world? Well, apparently, the days of whiling away your retirement on a yacht, writing a frank-yet-witty account of "my life in adland" have gone. That is, according to brothers Gary and Paul Marshall, a former creative team who enjoyed their heyday at Leagas Delaney, Lowe Howard-Spink and JWT. The duo have established their own bath and body company, Anatomicals. Diary wonders what fragrances their shower gels come in. Perhaps "eau de nouvelle client", handy for those post-pitch scrub-downs ...

Last week, Diary revealed that Michael Flatt, a Leo Burnett account man, had taken to serenading his colleagues on the way back from client meetings. His vocal talents were met by a chorus of "stick to your day job" jeers from the Campaign journos, but it looks like these admen just don't know when to stop when it comes to flaunting their vocal "talents".

The latest offenders are the Euro RSCG global creative director, Mark Fiddes, and cameraman George Tiffin, who had to be forcibly removed from Cape Town's exclusive Hotel Planet Bar after slaughtering a medley of blues numbers in front of a group of Venezuelan anaesthetists. The doctors, who were just trying to enjoy a drink, after a long day at a conference, had to have a quiet word with the hotel management to get the pair kicked off stage ...

The hacks at Campaign have often wondered what media types do to unwind, apart from the odd post-work aperitif, of course. So Diary was surprised to unearth a secret passion for pogoing among some of the media sector's "young at heart". While Vizeum's Grant Millar has been known to bounce around the living room, much to the annoyance of his better half, Hurrell Moseley Dawson & Grimmer's Greg Grimmer is said to have a penchant for late-night pogoing along to The Clash.

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