The walls of the once mighty marketing powerhouse have come crashing down as the Coalition has driven a bulldozer straight through government ad-spend. It must’ve been a pretty miserable time, especially for DM chief Marc Michaels, who has been at the organisation man and boy.
But, according to sources close to the situation, Marc – a strict follower of the Jewish faith – has turned to bacon in his quest to save his department. That’s right folks, apparently one day in the middle of delicate negotiations Marc proffered a bacon sarnie to Minister Francis Maude, and he’s been all sweetness and light ever since. You never know, Marc, the COI might even have enough money to run a few campaigns soon.
One man who’s definitely got enough money this week is Marc Nohr, having just banked his share of a nice big cheque from Publicis Groupe. Now, I was going to have a right pop at old Nohr – after all, I’ve got plenty of ammunition from all the people he’s pissed off in this industry who’ve been emailing me no end of dirt – but I just remembered he’s a Krav Maga instructor. A what, you may ask? Well, put it this way, according to Wikipedia, Krav Maga is “a hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling, mostly known for its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks, and is taught to regular and special forces in Israel and the US, most notably Mossad and the FBI”.
Hmmm, you see, I quite like being able to walk, and am not really keen on being subjected to a “brutal counter-attack” either, so my lips are sealed. Mind you, feel free to post your own comments below…
Finally, dear readers, seeing Nohr & Co and the team at Chemistry laughing all the way to the bank, I had to shed a tear for Rapier chief Jonathan Stead. Not that long ago, he was presiding over a highly successful agency which could number both £50m Lloyds TSB and £40m Virgin Media as clients. The big groups were banging down the door to get a slice of that but Jonathan ignored their overtures.
These days, I wonder if he regrets moving into those brand spanking new offices at (would you believe) Battleship Buildings. Not that we would ever insinuate that Rapier was sinking like a ship but when you have a minute, click here to see pictures of the party to open the offices. The phrase, I think is “a cozy gathering”…
Shit, me and my big gob – I hope Jonathan’s not a Krav Maga instructor, too.
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