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Diary: On the QT ..

Industry poster boy Moray MacLennan has clearly worked his charm on Malaysia's Adoi magazine.

Others, though, are less than impressed with the title's sycophantic interview with the M&C Saatchi worldwide chief executive. "His subtle wit coupled with a disarming personality puts anyone in his presence at ease," the magazine drools before going on to praise "those piercing blue eyes of a visionary that captivate while exuding confidence". Jim Edwards, Adweek's former managing editor, has been quick to reach for the sick bag. Writing on his blog, Edwards declares: "The only part they left out was where MacLennan picked up the writer in his strong surgeon's hands, swept her on to the four-poster and ripped off her bodice" ...

Anybody want to help a planner in distress? Charles Frith, who writes the Punk Planning blog, is stuck in Hong Kong after a taxi driver drove off with his suitcase containing his money and passport. The British Consulate won't issue him with a new one unless he can pay for it. As Frith is minus his credit cards and his wallet, this has proved impossible. Now, Sam Ismail, of Ad Grads blog fame, has begun a campaign to get money to him so he can return to Blighty (http://www.samismail.com/blog) ...

Christopher Graham, who has just stepped down as the Advertising Standards Authority director-general, wasn't always au fait with leading-edge communication. A builder who photographed a burglar on his mobile phone raiding Graham's Islington home while it was being renovated posted the picture on Facebook. Graham was impressed but had one tiny question. What exactly was Facebook? ...

What sacrifice by the Leo Burnett creatives Richard Brim and Daniel Fisher. They passed up the chance to go to Cannes to pick up a silver Lion for their specially built "house of cards" ad for Shelter to rebuild it - and to spread the homeless charity's message - among Glastonbury's tent dwellers.

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