Media Bitch's Diary 18 November

This week Bitch has the IPA give her the bird, goes Week at the knees and meets the moustachioed macho men at Mindshare.

The launch of The Week on the iPad at Wright Brothers
The launch of The Week on the iPad at Wright Brothers

The Week in media

Skipping across town only just last night, Bitch found herself in the company of Dennis Publishing for the launch of the new iPad version of The Week.

Attendees included "Lady" Vanessa Clifford, head of press at Mindshare's UK office, David Weeks, head of international sales at The Week and Charlotte Day and Rob Noss from Mindshare Worldwide.

Partaking in the hospitality at Wright Brothers oyster and champagne bar, this girl found herself talking to none other than the ex-judiciary bothering Felix Dennis.

The bon viveur and former Oz trial participant (ask your parents if you don’t get that reference darlings…) held the crowd captive, and insisted on heckling the managing director of The Week Kerin O'Connor from the back and told one of Bitch's colleagues at Media Week that he would only publish his much anticipated autobiography "after my mother has gone" to spare her blushes.

Not that Felix's mother can’t stick up for herself after, when seeing his works alongside Shakespeare and Milton in a poem anthology, "so how much did you have to pay them to get those in?"

Luckily, the party was within staggering distance of Felix's central London pied a terre, which Bitch hears was enlarged several years ago to incorporate the space left by a house of ill repute when it went out of business.

Given the bird by the IPA

Bitch was faced with something tall pink and furry this week…as she visited the IPA's inaugural Online Media Owners awards at Delfina on the south bank of the Thames.

The culprit was a large cuddly flamingo greeting guests, including News International's digital commercial director Alex Hole and the new director of advertising strategy Abba Newbery at the door.

Paul Bainsfair, the new director general of the IPA presided over the proceedings, which included the Most Improved Partnership With Agencies award, won by News International itself and the Best Overall Media Owner gong, which went to Specific Media. The event was partnered by one of Media Week's nearest and dearest rivals.

Shame the actual editor of the online journal didn’t turn up to the event, after being on the judging panel though...

It's fun to stay at the...

Bitch would now like to out the trainee Village People at Mindshare, who seem to be taking this Movember thing a little bit too seriously for her liking.

Although she wholeheartedly supports any fundraising for research into prostate cancer, she would hate to suggest that the boys are only one step away from the leather chaps (in both senses of the phrase).

Seriously though, good on you boys, so let's include your names for the amusement of your colleagues.

Back Row; Tendayi Chivero (far left), Marcos Pereira, Alfred Okoruwe, Tahir Hussain.

Front Row; Christopher Fong(far left), Alex Episcopou, Jack Gallastegui, Tom Ellard, Giovanni Romero and Simon Raper.

Bitch also hears that Nick Fisher and Dubose Cole from the agency are also taking part, so thought she’d "out" them also for the hell of it.

Until next week, my hairy upper lip darlings.

Bitch xxx

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