Diary: On the QT ..

From Royal Birkdale to the Riviera, the recession continues being a killjoy.

The Guardian won't be playing host to around 80 advertising folk at the famous Lancashire golf course this year. The annual jolly is said to cost well in excess of £20,000 and the group thinks it wouldn't be very good for the image, particularly when it is axing around 150 staff on regional papers across the North-West ...

Meanwhile, help is at hand for those of you who really need to know if this year's Cannes Advertising Festival is going to be a wow or a washout. Jo Coombes, a producer at Adelphoi, the music and sound design production company, has set up a Facebook group where people can exchange information about what's going on - or not, as the case may be ...

Empire magazine's 20th birthday unfortunately didn't attract the level of A-lister that graces the pages of the Bauer title every month, but who cares when R2-D2 is one of the guests? Kenny Baker, the three-foot, eight-inch tall actor who played the cute droid in the Star Wars films, let his hair down at the event last Thursday at the Paramount club. Tom Felton, who played the evil Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, was also at the party and was spotted taking a keen interest in a signed photo of the Harry Potter kids (which sadly was minus Malfoy). The framed picture was among several that were auctioned, with the proceeds going to a children's charity ...

They may be young, rich and talented, but stick a good-looking lady on a poster and it seems like Formula One racing drivers are no less susceptible than the rest of the red-blooded male population. It has emerged that during the Monaco Grand Prix, posters for Martini, created by 23red, were requested to be removed from the track by Jenson Button and co. The ad was mounted so that it could be seen by the onboard cameras on the cars, but the drivers kept getting distracted by the image of the gorgeous model Jessiqa Pace.


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