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The great and good of media headed, again, to the Orangery at Kensington Palace for the Financial Times party (becoming a favourite venue, it seems, with the FT following the Independent's lead in escaping to west London's greener environs). The events team was clearly thinking pink - flamingos, smoked salmon and abundant pink champers all served to remind guests who their host was and to quosh any rumours of a global credit crisis. Michael Heseltine was spotted deep in conversation with FT editor Lionel Barber. Bitch also spied Martin Sorrell, M&S's Stuart Rose, EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ionnou and's Martha Lane Fox.

For those who failed to bag invites, entertainment came from Sky Media's internal battle of the bands. Free Your Monkey, from hopefuls Waiting for Marianna, can be found at Get voting.

This month's sports action, including Wimbledon and the Euro 2008 final on Sunday, has made party-hopping tricky. Speaking of the tennis, it seems not everybody in Wimbledon Village is feeling sporting. Giant pink Evian-branded tennis balls mounted on phone boxes were stolen just 24 hours after appearing. Luckily for campaign creator Kinetic, someone took a picture before the crime.


Glamour and glitz were high on the agenda when Steve Parkinson, managing director at Bauer's Kiss FM, took Northern media agency ladies for a Sex and the City-themed trip to New York.

The cocktail-supping crew included El Long (MediaVest Leeds), Sara Humphries (Brilliant Leeds), Viv Woodward (Bauer Advertising), Claire Garner (MediaCom North), Nicola Leyland (commercial director at Bauer Advertising) and Nola Calladine (Mediaedge:cia), all pictured, right, in Out & About, with Cosmopolitans in hand.

Staying at Soho House in New York, the group bumped into the UBC team and London agency clients who also happened to be dining at the hotel.

Cue plenty of good-humoured showing off about whose room was the biggest and who had a bath in the middle of their suite.

A celebrity-spotting highlight came during an open-top bus tour, as the bus screeched to a halt next to none other than Donald Trump. When the guide screamed at him in "Noo Yowk" style to wave at everybody, Trump gladly obliged the ladies, true to form.


How do you make a bride feel special as she prepares for her big day?

Forget champagne and flowers - if you have a fleet of cabs at your disposal and the ability to personalise them, as Ubiquitous does, why not send her on a night out with her pals in bespoke cabs?

Jodie McGovern, associate director at Posterscope, did a double take when Ubiquitous sent two cabs to take her and some friends out on the razz.

Plastered across the taxis were supersides featuring her mug and a message of congratulations. Inside the cabs, tip-seats with photos of McGovern pulling funny faces kept the partygoers in good spirits.

What more appropriate way for a Posterscope exec to set off on the long road that is marriage?


"It's your choice. Would you rather keep your bigoted customers happy or your gay ones?"

Gaydar Radio presenter Simon Le Vans' plea to Heinz after the firm pulled its latest Deli Mayo TV ad. The ASA received more than 200 complaints about the ad, created by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, which features two men kissing. Gaydar follows gay rights group Stonewall in calling for a Heinz product boycott.


A binge-drinking campaign issued by the Government doesn't sound much like fun, but VCCP delivers the message with impact. Models strut down a catwalk, but rather than striking sexy poses, they pee, puke and beat each other up. Glamorous. You can watch it at


- John Ridding, chief executive of the Financial Times, with guests at the FT's annual Midsummer Party at The Orangery, Kensington Palace.

- Cocktails in hand, agency ladies enjoy their Sex and the City trip to New York.

- Miroma Group, winners of the NABS 5-a-side football tournament. Iris took gold in the ladies' event.

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