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Diary: On the QT ..

It was the equivalent of a Christmas hangover for a few unfortunates at Partners Andrews Aldridge when it announced the winners of its festive competition this week.

The agency sent out a Christmas card that directed people to a website on which 72 staffers blew a kiss to the 5,000 people who clicked them. Robin Wight, the president of the agency's Engine parent, got by far the most clicks (now there's a surprise). Far less popular was the founding partner Phil Andrews, who only managed 33rd spot. He was last seen weeping in the loo ...

Clearly there's no place for wimps at Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners. The creative twins Steve and Nick Tidball and the digital project manager Darren Roberts have been selected by Men's Health magazine for a series of extreme challenges. They include a 24-hour 126-kilometre ultra-marathon across the Namibian desert, a five-day race over the French Alps and a race through the Amazon jungle. Diary will be sticking to a gentle jog ...

If you thought Sachsgate had taught the BBC a salutary lesson, you'd better think again. An item on BBC Radio Solent about redundancies at Marks & Spencer included a spoof version of the retailer's ads with a voiceover that declared: "These are not just any job cuts, these are M&S job cuts." The station claimed the stunt was "a creative way to draw attention to the story" ...

How times change. Barack Obama takes the US presidential oath next week after a remarkable advertising and marketing campaign that helped him to power. Back in 1958, however, admen were trusted as far as most politicians could throw them. And there was no greater cynic than the former president Harry Truman, who was none-too-impressed by a network TV programme stage-managed for his successor, Dwight Eisenhower, by BBDO. Truman suggested the initials stood for Bunko, Bull Deceit and Obfuscation.

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