Bad news comes in threes for poor ol’ Busty

busty idolWell, this week’s been a bundle of laughs hasn’t it? First Bowie, then Rickman and now McKelvey’s birthday, it’s enough to turn a woman to drink…not that I need much encouragement to be honest.
Mind you, while the media have bent over backwards (well, it was his favourite position) to eulogise the Thin White Duke, everyone’s favourite advertising bible Campaign has gone one step further by launching a special section on its website entitled “Remembering David Bowie”.
Now call me old-fashioned, but doesn’t Campaign just write about the shrinking world of London advertising? Who’s had lunch with who, or, more likely, who’s had lunch with their esteemed editor that week?
(Last week, it must’ve been the IPA, judging by her glowing endorsement for its work to find out whether there are actually any women in adland. Mind you, it may sometimes be tedious, but at least Claire does have an opinion, unlike Marketing Week which is devoid of all personality.)
Anyway, back to me. The thing is, I don’t remember our David running his own ad agency in Soho, or maybe I missed that line when he sang: “I, I could do copy, And you, you could do artwork, Because we’re creatives and that is a fact, oh yes we’re creatives and that is that…we could be adlanders, just for one day…”
In fact, Ziggy did of course once work in adland, describing his brief experience working as a junior visualiser/paste up artist with Nevin D Hirst Advertising as “loathsome”. During one interview, he went even further, saying: “It was diabolical, I never realised being an artist meant buckling under so much.”
Deep down of course my own esteemed editor is rather jealous. As a massive Bowie fan he’s been struggling to come up with a reason to write about his boyhood hero for days. Sadly, it seems, Bowie never worked on junk mail or in a call centre, so he’s buggered (so to speak).
Still, who cares, I suppose I had better get down to the Bridge Inn in Shoreham by Sea for the old git’s birthday – it’s tough work but someone’s got to do it. Hurry up though, if you fancy a free pint, the tab will be pissed up the wall by 2pm…

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