The other night, we had a bit of a planning department
shindig. It was something of a
send off for me (I’m leaving W+K next week, after more than five more than
It was one of the most remarkable nights ever, though most
of the details need to stay on tour.
Let’s just say that you should never, ever, drink cranberry sambuca. Ever.
We went to Cousins Jill’s – a pretty special karaoke bar,
underneath a pretty unspecial Korean restaurant, in Mayfair. Here’s Lisa, part-planner, part-chameleon, requesting Argentina not to cry for her:
Paul pointing out to Sophie how karaoke works:
Martyn giving it the big ‘un, with Richard on backing drinking:
I sang ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ (I’m going to work in New
York… do you see what I did there?).
I love all the planners dearly and will miss then massively. But they won’t miss my singing… they
bought me singing lessons as my leaving present.
One of our much-loved and
much-missed exes, superstar copywriter Vicky Maguire, has recently opened up a
traditional sweet shop on Columbia Road, here in London’s fashionable East. It’s called
Suck and Chew:
thought it would be nice to give it a plug here.
you pop in, say that Wiedens sent you.
She might not give you any free sherbet lemons, but she’ll hopefully give
you a free smile.
Please give a warm welcome to Luke Bedford, who has joined the Nokia global team, as a full time account executive.
In a previous life, Luke was a professional tennis player and was actually ranked no.42 in the country, when he played for the under 14’s England team.
At 19, he started his own tennis coaching business so if any of you are looking at brushing up your game then give him a shout.
I’ve heard his rates are highly competitive in and around the East End of London.
I’m sure he’ll be popular here for more than just two weeks in the year.
Well, their faces may not be creative, but their minds are. This is Adam Tucker:
He has joined us as a freelance creative for a while.
This is Viv & Sum:
They have joined us on creative placement for a month. From the comments we get on this blog, some of our placements seem to achieve cult status. Can Viv, Sum, or the sum of Viv and Sum achieve the same?
We needed some biscuits for a shoot, sharpish. Tesco were too expensive. So the call when out. W+K creative ‘bake’xtraordinaire Ray Shaughnessy (and family) came to the colourful rescue. Here are the results, along with the ‘and family’.
The biscuits were on brief, apparently.
Here we have a picture of W+K creative extraordinaire, Paul Jordan, next to a Swedish bloke called Martin (friend of W+K creative extraextraordinaire… Noe):
But which is which? The amazing thing here is that no contrived posing was undertaken in order to make it work better.
Not many people think that our reception is a reception. They think it’s where the till and stroppy assistants are, because most people walking past think we’re a shop. A shop selling cheap tat, but a shop nonetheless.
We’ll, in an effort to add to the confusion, we have just started ‘L Gallery’.
The little cabinety area in front of Ronny & Holly (on reception) has been transformed. It is now a space to show interesting projects from people in the agency. Oh… it’s a little ‘L-shaped’ cabinety area. Hence the name. Do you see?
First up is ‘L Gallery X Kicks Featherstone’, Guy Featherstone’s trainer
collection (or ‘sneaker collection’ if you’re of a persuasion to say ‘sidewalk’ and ‘diaper’).
As well as the trainers, at the moment, we have socks hanging up everywhere. Next month… veruccas.
You can’t argue with this as a piece of outdoor advertising: impact, insight, benefit and empathy all in just two words: cheap booze.
Every so often Rob Steiner gets together a bunch of interesting films and bits of content from all over the place and we gather to watch them. That’s Rob’s reels. And these are Rob’s beers: