Media Bitch

LOOSE TALK ...

Those shy, retiring types in press ad sales have been busier than ever this week, even managing to get their faces splashed across the pages of national newspapers.

First, Michael Craig, ad director of thelondonpaper, appeared in last Wednesday's edition of his own paper in a house-swap feature, where he traded the Sloaney familiarity of his native Fulham for the grimier climes of New Cross.

After spending just 36 hours trading places in darkest south-east London, Craig was clearly glad to get back to his favourite gastropubs. He described The Amersham Arms in New Cross as "a bit messy, everything was dirty", and avoided the "dodgy" Marquis of Granby. In fact, he felt so unsafe that he refused to walk home, taking a cab instead.

Meanwhile, for Dave Newton, press manager at PHD North, it was a case of his past coming back to haunt him.

Back in 2004, Newton was photographed with Danni Minogue's new romantic interest, Kris Smith, on a ladies' night at his former Manchester rugby club, the Swinton Lions - and pictures of him wearing little more than a bow tie and a smile turned up on the showbiz pages of The Sun.

Happily, Newton is "the office joker", say his colleagues at PHD North, so he is bound to see the funny side.

CHANNEL CROSSING NEXT FOR IRONMAN BRAMLEY?

Forget Stan Myerson - the unlikely new hard man of media is Jonathan Bramley, managing director of truck advertising company In Your Space, who last week completed the gruelling Ironman UK triathlon.

Bramley swam 3.8km, cycled 180km and ran 42.2km in the Dorset countryside to finish "in the top 35%" of the 1,200 people who finished the race, raising more than £2,000 to combat motor neurone disease in the process (www.justgiving.com/jonathanbramley).

So what's next? Bramley is considering swimming the Channel, before stepping up to a circuit of Manhattan island. Bitch couldn't quite tell if he was joking or not.

CAB FROM HYDE PARK TO ULAANBAATAR PLEASE

London to Mongolia in a taxi? No way, guv'nor. But that's exactly what team Do You Do Airports did in the Mongol Rally - an annual trip in battered old vehicles from London's Hyde Park to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (see picture above).

The rallyers, who raised more than £2,000 for the Mongolian Mercy Corps, were sponsored by Clear Channel's Taxi Media in their 10,000-mile trip across 13 countries, three mountain ranges and over two oceans.

Central Kazakhstan took its toll on their taxi, which lost its speedometer, radio, horn, all its electrics and fuel filter, while Mongolia's dirt tracks saw off two tyres, all the suspension sets and the front brakes.

The team finished the rally by playing the Mongolian national football team. In true British style, they lost 5-0.

BOOK ON FACEBOOK IF YOU WANT TO PARTY

Facebook has announced it is throwing a party to celebrate hitting 100 million users - and the event is becoming the hottest ticket in town.

However, the "thank you" party is limited to those who have booked advertising with the social network, which may explain why people are apparently trying to sneak onto the RSVP list without an invitation.

Could Facebook see a flurry of new business in a last-minute bid to get on the guest list? If that is Blake Chandlee's ulterior strategy, it may just work - media-land will do anything for free booze.

GREAT VIRAL ... Boys' own science lesson, www.sexysciencebydita.com

- Wonderbra's new ad campaign starring Dita von Teese has started turning heads since its launch on 14 September. The Science of Sexy short film, where von Teese plays a sexy scientist who strips down to her underwear to perform a burlesque dance, is unsurprisingly fast securing the male vote. One for the boys ...

OUT & ABOUT

- Simon Daglish's leaving party from Global/GCap at The Garrick Arms on Charing Cross Road last Thursday was a typically subdued affair

- Starcom's Aimee Stokes (third from left), celebrates with fellow prize winners at the AOL Online Planning Awards last Thursday

- Page 3 girls welcome Sun readers to an exclusive first night performance of Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden

- E-mail pictures to hayley.pinkerfield@haymarket.com.

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