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Diary: On the QT ..

A call from Sir Frank Lowe, chuffed at his inclusion in Campaign's Hall of Fame. Will there be a party for the first batch of inductees, he asks.

Sadly, it has to be pointed out that this might be a very exclusive party indeed because almost a quarter of the famous 40 are dead. "What a shame," he sighs. "Looks like we'll just have to hold it in Heaven" ...

That, of course, pre-supposes there is such a place. London's bendy buses are to carry ads by the atheist group, the British Humanist Association, that declare "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." Well, thank God for that ...

News reaches Diary of the hard-drinking exploits of Daren Rubins, the managing director of PHD, on an away day with the agency's new client, Cadbury. However, when pressed, Rubins was forced to admit that the reason for his late night was a decision to reinvent that lost 70s classic, Malibu and pineapple, at the hotel bar in Birmingham and continue to drink it for the rest of the night. Apparently, he was as fresh as a daisy the next morning ...

Diary is donning sackcloth and ashes this week having last week attributed Peter Kay's "top bombing" commercial for John Smith's to DDB in its piece on the funniest ads of all time. It was, as any dolt knows, created by TBWA\London. So sorry ...

Talking of DDB, the agency that, as Boase Massimi Pollitt, pioneered planning 40 years ago, is celebrating the event by inviting all planners past and present to a reunion. So for those of you who wore a planning hat under the banner of BMP, BMP DDB or DDB London, there's an invitation to join the likes of David Hackworthy, Chris Cowpe, Nigel Jones and Nikki Crumpton for a planning style knees-up at the agency on 6 November ...

John Bartle must be the only pipe smoker left in adland. So who more appropriate than the Dare chairman to officially open the agency's in-house cafe. Its name? The Pipe and Slippers.

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