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Diary: On the QT ..

The 40th anniversary celebrations of the first moon landing reminds Chris Ingram of one of his most embarrassing experiences.

It was in 2000 and Ingram's CIA was 25 years old. To mark the occasion, it held an international conference at which Neil Armstrong was invited to speak. The first man to walk on the moon had just given his address and was returning to Ingram's table when the CIA founder remarked: "God, once you've done what he has, what do you do next? How do you stop the rest of your life being an anticlimax." Armstrong's wife fixed Ingram with a steely stare. "What do you mean?" she retorted. "He married me." ...

There will be a notable absentee when the media owners, captained by Mark Chippendale, take the field at the Hurlingham Club next weekend for their annual cricket match against the agencies, led by Charlie Makin. Rupert Howell, ITV's managing director brand and commercial, is nursing eight stitches in his thumb after a recent cricketing mishap and won't be donning his whites for another six weeks ...

Dan Kipling, an account executive at Mediaedge:cia, bravely attempted to swim the Channel last week to raise money for charity. Sadly, according to his Twitter updates (we assume done by a friend on a boat, not by a dripping-wet Dan mid-swim), he was thrown off course by a freak tide just as he came close to finishing. He still managed to swim more than 24 miles, though ...

A bit of a let-down for Lindsey Carter, an account executive at Clinic, who was set to appear on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square last week with the Premier League trophy. At the last moment, Barclays, which sponsors the competition, decided the trophy couldn't be let out of its sight and Carter was reduced to doing some keepie-uppies in support of the England women's football team. Sadly, Carter is a West Ham fan, so she won't be getting close to that trophy anytime soon.

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