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Saucer of milk for Moneysupermarket's Paul Troy. The site's consumer marketing director, has told Marketing Week what he thinks of the characters used to front rival companies' ads.

Ohhhh no! Churchill Insurance did not want to insure a bulldog as it was too old

Advertising: Will you insure me?

Ohhh no, we can't insure your bulldog. This was the response from Churchill Insurance when Timothy Taylor, of Leicestershire, tried to get a quote to cover his six-year-old bulldog, Monty, who'd just been given a clean bill of health.

Thomson Holidays child-free advert 'misleading', rules ASA

A Thomson Holidays ad that promised a child-free resort has been ruled misleading after the company said it could not guarantee the claim.

Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt banned by ASA

A Virgin Media campaign featuring Usain Bolt has attracted a third round of complaints, this time over misleading claims about doubling "everyone's" broadband speeds.

Danny Rogers on PR: The agencies living in fear of the Mad Men

Contrary to popular opinion, PR professionals often lack self confidence in what they do. And since PR was added to the Cannes Lions festival in 2009, they suffer a collective crisis of identity.

Coup for embattled Sir Martin Sorrell as WPP swoops for a majority stake in AKQA

The British founders of AKQA, the world's biggest independent digital advertising agency, are celebrating after Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP bought a majority stake which values the business at around $540m (£343m).

Colgate censured for misleading advert

The firm behind the Colgate brand has been reprimanded by the advertising watchdog for wrongly implying that one of its toothpastes has the backing of health professionals.

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Watchdog bans Wayne Rooney Nike tweets

Tweets sent by footballers Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere have been banned after a watchdog ruled they were advertisements for sportswear giant Nike.

Harvey Nichols has faced criticism for its latest press and poster campaign

Commercials: Bad taste, good advertisement?

Harvey Nichols is the latest big brand to blur the line between edgy and offensive in its new ad campaign – and it's far from alone. Tim Walker finds out whether going over the top always pay off

Northgate Solar Controls 'terror threat' glazing advert banned

An ad for an anti-shatter window firm warning of the possibility of a terrorist attack during the Olympics has been banned for causing undue fear and distress, a watchdog said.

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell faces pay deal backlash

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell will face a backlash tomorrow over the £6.8 million pay deal he has defended as a reward for "performance, not failure".

Band accuse VW over ad

The ghostly vocals, echoing guitars and swelling chorus could only be Beach House, the Baltimore duo acclaimed for their “dream pop” sound.

Shares in Mecom plunge after ad warning

Shares in Mecom plummeted nearly 48 per cent yesterday after the beleaguered European newspaper publisher admitted profits would fall short because of a "significant deterioration" in advertising.

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Minnie size me: Disney bans junk-food ads for kids – with a little help from Michelle

As a global media conglomerate that owes its entire existence to square-eyed children who spend their waking hours glued to a television set, the Walt Disney Company makes an unlikely advocate for the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

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A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
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UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
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Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

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Why did we stop eating whelks?

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In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

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The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
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New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
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Can scientists save our sea life?

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Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice