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Diary: On the QT ..

That perpetual Pollyanna Rupert Howell was doing his best to polish a turd before last week's Thirty Club dinner at Claridge's.

Sure, business was shite, he admitted before going on to explain that it wouldn't always be remorseless gloom for ITV. His companion was much amused, pointing out that if a bomb was thrown into a room, causing mass slaughter, Howell would profess his marvel at the number of survivors ...

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO has just been the victim of a frightful stink. And it's all because of Peter Mead's fridge - the one in which he had been storing the food for the tropical fish that adorn the tank in his office. Mead recently had to give up the fridge, which was needed for agency staff. Trouble was, it took a cleaning lady a week to get rid of the pong ...

The news that Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy had retained its P&O Cruises business emerged in the unusually open forum of this year's Media Circle event in Brighton. Young talent in the industry had been working to a live brief from the P&O client, who was kindly there on the Saturday night to not only congratulate the efforts of those on the course, but to announce that MCBD had been successful in retaining its business. There was no respite for the media agency bosses in attendance, though: the likes of Vizeum's Grant Millar and Starcom MediaVest Group's Iain Jacob were frustrated if they were hoping for a decision on P&O's media pitch ...

Can it be 21 years since the Saatchi brothers mounted their abortive bid for Midland Bank? A few industry wags have suggested they might like to have another crack at it. All they'd need is a briefcase full of fivers and a plane ticket to Reykjavik ...

What will be the "must have" Christmas present this year? Brian Turner, the former Lowe and CHI & Partners senior creative, is hoping it will be Chalenj!. The game is being touted by its makers as having "completely rejuvenated the board games sector" - and it was Turner who invented it.

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