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Diary: On the QT ..

It was another strong showing at the Campaign Big Awards for Fallon, which picked up five gongs. Except, come Thursday morning, only four found their way to the agency.

The missing trophy? That was in the arms of Archibald Ingall Stretton's Anthony Nicols, who had mistakenly grabbed it when picking up his agency's award for its O2 campaign. Cue Nicols being sent round to Fallon's Elsley Court offices with his tail between his legs to return the prize ...

Staying with the Big Awards, pity Mark Cridge, the youngest, most digital and quite possibly richest guest on a table of luminaries at last week's bash. He got a sound ribbing from the rest of the table including Robert Senior and Moray MacLennan, culminating in Johnny Hornby insisting that digital agencies were so irrelevant that "if I murdered you tonight, it would only make a nib on the back page of Campaign." ...

Is down the new up? Ask Sir Martin Sorrell, who slipped from 17th to 22nd in GQ's list of the 100 most influential men in its December issue. At least he can console himself with the fact that the Prime Minister has dropped from first to ninth. Charles Saatchi (GQ dubs him "Sir Charles" - does it know something we don't?) has gone up from 48 to 47, with the top spot given to David Cameron, who is, coincidentally, a best buddy of the GQ editor, Dylan Jones ...

It's a while before it hits our TV screens, but this week saw DDB host the final of the next season of The Apprentice. The agency helped the finalists create an ad for their mystery products, which DDB's Nick Fox, Sarah Watson and Dave Henderson passed judgment on ...

Diary was fascinated to read about the history of one of DraftFCB Johannesburg's directors in last weekend's Observer. It transpires its director Marion Sparg was a member of the MK, a militant wing of the ANC, who planted mines at two police stations before spending time in exile in Botswana and Zambia, where she got to know South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma.

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