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Head of OMD Insight Jo Rigby has a reputation as one of the brightest brains in the industry. However, she's getting a bit of a different name for herself down in Brighton, where it appears that she's becoming something of a celebrity stalker.

Rigby recently boasted to this magazine of a "mammoth celeb spot" which took in a raft of A-Z listers. First, she bumped into classy TV presenter and author Jordan in the ironic surroundings of a beauty salon. Then Rigby found herself queuing up in a trendy boutique behind cuddly DJ Carl Cox as he "wrangled for a discount on a bespoke suit".

And finally, if all that wasn't enough, she found herself sitting next to the "very slim and glam" columnist Julie Burchill at dinner. Phew! Talk about knowing when you've finally made it.

Meanwhile, just a stone's throw from Rigby's desk, there's more celebrity action gripping staff at the Omnicom agency. In its review of 2005 book, entitled OMD Show Time (see last week's Media Bitch), the firm runs pics of its boys and girls, along with their respective celebrity look-a-likes. Head of media futures at MGOMD, Jean-Paul Edwards (pictured), is a dead ringer for comedian Harry Hill. Strategic comms director Jon Gittings is shamed for his resemblance to Tim Nice-But-Dim and managing partner Phil Nunn appears next to famous John Candy character Uncle Buck. We are sad to report that all those mentioned bear an excellent likeness to those not-so-desirable doppelgangers. As for Rigby, her featured look-a-like is Anne Robinson. Harsh ... but fair.

HUGH CAN'T GO WRONG WITH BILLBOARD LOVE

Perhaps taking inspiration from those pesky folk who steal valuable outdoor media space by hanging banners off flyover bridges or putting signs on roundabouts - covered in bold words such as "Marry Me, Elton" or "Happy 50th Birthday, Madge" - JCDecaux recently ran a Valentine's Day "billboard auction".

The lucky winners got to choose a 48-sheet outdoor site at a location of their choice to post a loving message on. And Media Link's Jill Dolan duly did just that after winning one of the prizes.

The account director at the Stirling-based firm now has her very own enormous, roadside outdoor site, reminding her fiance Hugh how she can't wait to marry him this summer.

It goes to show, even when it come to matters of the heart, size really does matter to some people.

NOW THEN, LISTEN UP BOYOS AND GIRLS ...

Calling all Welsh people. Media Week is donning the Jim'll Fix It hat once again this week to help out a young man from Wales.

His name is Robert Jones and he needs some help with a bit of research ... now then, now then. Jingle jangle, jewellery, jewellery, tracksuit, jewellery, etc. You get the idea.

"I am researching the potential of a new community website for Welsh people who have left Wales and are now living in other parts of the UK and would be very grateful if you could mention my project in a future issue of your publication," writes the budding young media researcher.

Robert goes on: "I am trying to reach as many people as possible, so if any of your readers were either born or lived in Wales, then I would like to hear from them."

So, if you're reading this and happen to be from Wales, don't just sit there banging on about how Michael Owen is Welsh really - despite coming from Wrexham - make a difference to young Robert and visit: www.hiraeth.co.uk.

BANDS ARE SO OUT OF TUNE WITH FASHION

Whatever happened to all those charity wristbands everybody used to wear?

It's a sad state of affairs when feeding starving children or funding vital aid projects becomes, like, soooo last year.

But turning the act of a charitable donation into a fashion accessory perhaps made this all rather inevitable, as research from website swapitshop.com bears out.

For the month of January, charity wristbands were the site's most-offloaded item, along with those plastic thread scoubidous things, action figures and sewing/craft kits.

The most wanted items were the Xbox 360, the iPod Nano and Playboy merchandise.

So, in the unlikely event that someone turns up in your office wearing a charity wristband, with their security laminate hanging on a scoubidou and starts doing a bit of sewing at lunch time, alert them to their unfashionably charitable ways and solve the problem with a porno mag and a games console.

TIME BANDIT - DOMINIC WILLIAMS, DIRECTOR/CARAT

30% - Negotiating with senior media owners. Negotiation cannot be separated from innovation and creativity: it helps flesh out new ways of trading, new ideas to promote print and new effective applications of print alongside other media channels.

25% - Listening to the team. Part intelligence gathering, part problem solving, this time is crucial for resolving issues and coming up with ideas.

20% - Meeting with clients. Mainly involving client procurement teams. These are interesting, productive and hard work.

10% - Early morning work. I find this the best time to get things done and make plans. You'll find me working out Aegis trading strategies with Steve Platt, responding to messages or maybe persuading Neil Jones to sign off some client entertainment budgets.

5% - Eating lunch. Ideally somewhere local, not too flash, with a good menu. Lunches tend to start off serious and then become more light-hearted!

5% - Looking through the magazines and newspapers, trying not to stop on every sports page!

5% - Rumour mill. Talking to journalists discussing market trends, views on print and maybe the current gossip going around the media rumour mill.

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