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Diary: On the QT ..

Diary would have loved a glimpse inside Robin Wight's first agency. In an interview accompanying its profile of Elisabeth Moss, who plays Peggy in Mad Men, Engine's president tells The Observer: "Alcohol flowed freely.

I was offered a huge Martini at 3pm in my first job interview in 1965. The boardroom table of my first agency was used as a Ping-Pong table, and the receptionist, I discovered years later, doubled as a hooker." In the same piece, Mark Lund, the Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners chairman, betrays a certain wistfulness for those times: "Did they drink, smoke and fornicate a lot back then? Yes! Is there less of it now? Almost certainly. You can say that's a good or bad thing but it looks like fun, doesn't it?" ...

Has Sir Martin Sorrell got his eye on even greater things? Fresh from watching Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, the WPP chief executive turned up to address last week's International Advertising Association lunch in London wearing a Stars and Stripes badge on his lapel. Diary thought you had to be the inhabitant of the Oval Office to sport one of those ...

We were sad to learn of the death of Reg Brown, the IPA's caretaker who doubled as barman, painter and handyman for 20 years. However, we were also tickled to learn that Reg maintained he only ever went for the job because he thought the IPA was a brewery ...

Around Shoreditch, it's hard to miss the pink wheelie bins plonked on the side of the streets with "Albion, our business is rubbish" printed on them. After perpetual jibes about having the same name as a waste management company, Albion (the ad agency, that is) is relieved that a newly opened cafe carries the same name. A problem shared is a problem halved, eh chaps? ...

A rare upcoming TV appearance for Charles Saatchi. The infamous recluse is going to host a BBC2 talent show to find the best new contemporary artist.

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