Diary: Easy money ...

Regular readers of Diary may recall those bonkers people at thecentre:mk in Milton Keynes releasing 10,000 red balloons last year to mark the 20th anniversary of the first airing of the 'red balloon' television commercial, which helped attract people to live and work in the city.The juiciest gossip from around the events and exhibitions industry that some people would rather you didn't know ...Diary joins organiser Trident Exhibitions in saying well done to the visitors and exhibitors of seven of its shows held at the NEC during February.

More than 6,500 people involved in Mtech, IPOT, Machine Vision, Machine Building, PneuMotion, Practical Vacuum and EID filled out questionnaires to help their future development. Trident had previously stated that for each questionnaire returned, a £1 donation would be given to the 2005 Red Nose Day appeal.

If Diary's maths is up to scratch, we make that a £6,500 donation just for answering a few questions. What could be easier?

1. Which stand designer went down with food poisoning after eating a burger at a race meeting in Dubai?

2. Which agency offered an experienced candidate a job with the promise of £500 a month if she proved her worth?

3. Which organiser said the pain of cancelling a large consumer show was like having a pineapple inserted into his backside?

4. Which director tripped up the steps of a London restaurant and unfortunately damaged her leg?

5. Which agency directors are finally going public with their relationship after months of speculation by colleagues?

Attached to each balloon were tags that had been sold for £1 each. The person whose balloon travelled the furthest and had their tag returned would win a weekend for two in the country where it landed.

Congratulations therefore to Keith Lewington, whose ticket was found floating in the Baltic Sea. Luckily, the person who returned it was from Poland so last month Lewington jetted off to Warsaw. Krystian Kochanowski, the Polish man who returned the ticket, has won a weekend in Milton Keynes.

Diary is sure he'll enjoy the experience but wishes him luck navigating his way round all the roundabouts.


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