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Diary: On the QT ..

You have to feel for Giles Brooksbank.

The Feather Brooksbank chairman was set to receive the Ron Miller Annual Award for outstanding services to Nabs at the charity's president's breakfast last week. Indeed, he'd made the trip from Edinburgh to the IPA offices in London's Belgrave Square to receive his honour. But with the assembled guests ready to applaud, Brooksbank was nowhere to be found. Even a full-scale search of the building - including the loos - failed to locate him. Apparently, train timetables dictated that he had to leave just one minute before the presentation ...

High drama at Tequila\ last week when its office in Dean Street, Soho, was threatened with being engulfed by a fire thought to have been begun in a faulty air conditioning duct in the next building. Fortunately nobody was hurt - although a few agency types were said to be blazing at having their Friday afternoon lunches disrupted ...

Diary is reluctant to raise false hopes but we hear that David Abbott has finished his novel and has a publisher ready to bring it out in February 2010. Clearly the king of copywriters must have anguished over every syllable. He began working on it in 2002 ...

Alas, copywriting isn't what it was. A Tube panel for the flatshare website Spareroom.co.uk mis-spells Gordon Ramsay as Gordon Ramsey ...

Maurice Saatchi can add another triumph to his list of achievements. Founding a couple of famous ad agencies is OK, but can't compare with moving up Tatler's top 100 most-invited list. Lord and Lady Saatchi are at number 70, up from 87 last year. Time to crack open the Dom Perignon? ...

How about Torbay Council for an IPA Effectiveness Award? Its poster campaign against dog fouling has reduced the problem by more than half. And all for a budget of little more than £7,000. However, we're not sure a jury could stomach looking at the creative work. It features a child in a playground eating dog poo.

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