Diary: Vandals deface AMV's bar (and good name)

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO is renowned as an agency that prides itself on exemplary behaviour and gentlemanly conduct. However, even the most diligent and dutiful members of staff need to let their hair down from time to time.

And where better than in the revamped, plush AMV bar, with its comfortable seating and softly lit tables, while sipping on the house favourite, an Apple Martini Vodka (AMV, geddit?)?

So it was doubtless more in sadness than anger that Cilla Snowball, the agency's chief executive, was forced to issue a stern e-mail to staff about some of the yobbish behaviour that marred the bar's opening night.

"Burning holes in leather cushions and carving graffiti on tables is not accidental over-exuberance. It is totally unacceptable behaviour of the kind that we will just not tolerate at AMV," she wrote.

Quite right, too. Let's hope the culprits feel suitably chastened. Meanwhile, a security camera installed above the bar counter should deter any more thirsty staff thinking of carving out a name for themselves.