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[BX] The annual Times Media Tennis Day threw up an unexpected female winner at The Queen's Club recently. MindShare press department person Lizzi Lum (pictured) surprised everyone - including herself - as she walked away with the top women's prize.

A slightly bemused Lizzi guffawed to The Times' media PR bod: "I find it ridiculously unfathomable that I won the ladies' title." She was presented her award by former Wimbledon champ and Sunday Times columnist Pat Cash.

Lizzi added: "You managed to facilitate a dream of mine since the age of 13, which has been to get a kiss from Pat Cash."

Bitch thinks perhaps Lizzi might have been able to close down the deal with Cash a little sooner, had she brushed up on her chat-up technique to exclude the use of office-speak words like "facilitate".

Anyway, the men's title was won by Ben Walton from Carat, who did not get off with Pat Cash.

Elsewhere, Bitch was encouraged to hear publicity shy part-time pussycat George Galloway putting himself in the firing line, as he hosted what TalkSport claim was the first-ever radio phone-in from a war zone ... in this case, Beruit. Well, it's one way for commercial radio to beat the BBC when it comes to having a stab at the World Service!

HOUSE BAND KEEPS CHAV ELITE HAPPY

If you went to the world's biggest media jolly a few weeks ago - otherwise known as The V Festival - you may have been lucky enough to spot this motley crew (right).

It's the Virgin Radio House Band, who appeared in the VIP tent on Saturday. On drums ... it's Al Murray Pub Landlord. On lead vocals: Suggs. On backing vocals: none other than that bloke who has a celebrity that isn't a celebrity for a missus, he's called Preston.

Apparently, the trio blurted out some clever twists on classic hits to the elite bunch of chavs deemed worthy enough to enter the little pretty people bit, somewhere around the back near the main stage.

These classic tracks included Brown Eyed Fox - a take on the Van Morrison's original - and Suggs doing a special version of Madness hit It Must be Love. And there was Bitch wasting her time watching Radiohead and Gomez ... shame.

EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL CATERS FOR THE DRINKERS

Charles Allen went out with a bang with his MacTaggart speech at last week's Edinburgh TV Festival, launching a full-scale onslaught on Channel 4's PSB credentials, accusing it of behaving like a 25-year-old still living at home: "Dipping into mum's purse when it's got a fat pay cheque in its back pocket."

With breathtaking brass neck, he proceeded to celebrate his riposte at C4's Soho House drinks soiree. "C4's a public service, so I'm having a public service drink," he told Bitch.

Enter C4 chairman Luke Johnson: "You've got a bloody cheek, you've spent all weekend slagging off my company and now you're drinking my beer."

The spat ended with Allen, who once headed Granada's catering arm, admonishing Johnson (of Pizza Express fame) with: "Look, I'm a caterer and you're a caterer, now get me a bloody drink."

WEBSITES REPRESENT SOMETHING DIFFERENT

In this current wizzy digital media world, Bitch has noticed that new websites are springing up all over the place - agencies and media owners alike are going crazy for a bit of portal action. But, a word to the wise.

Think about these sites, and the names you give them, and think about them long and hard ... otherwise, you could end up in a predicament similar to some of these beauties.

A site that tells you where to find the name of famous celebrities' agents, called www.whorepresents.com. Nice one.

Like pens? Want a new one? Why not try this URL: www.penisland.net. Oooops.

And finally, finding it tough to keep the demons at the door? Take a butchers at this site to help you find a therapist: www.therapistfinder.com.

How did they miss that?

TIME BANDIT - STEPHANIE CARR, DEPUTY MD, THE SEARCH WORKS

30% - Meeting with my team, as they are my eyes and ears in the business, while I'm regularly rushing from one meeting to the next seeing clients. I also meet with my management team at least once a week.

20% - The search industry is tight-knit and I spend a lot of time talking to suppliers and partners. We meet formally at least once a month, but often get together at social events. This summer, we've been sailing, on a cookery course and to Ascot.

20% - New business pitches. A lot of companies still haven't realised the benefits of search marketing, so much of my time is spent pitching the benefits of search to new business prospects.

18% - Keeping up to speed with the search industry. I read most of my news online and watch industry blogs. I've usually got my head in an industry mag as I dash between meetings. 10% The M6. Travelling between our offices in London and Telford via car and train, so I now know the M6 like the back of my hand! With the money that I've spent on Virgin trains, I could have had many long-haul holidays.

2% - Wedding and running. I'm trying to keep fit and keep my stress levels down with 5-10km runs when not in the office. With most of my time absorbed by work, I wish I'd organised a wedding planner!

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