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Let's play a little game. I'm going to describe an ad and you've got to guess who it's for. Ready? We open on a grey, windswept beach. It's so bleak it gives you goose pimples just looking at it. There's a rag-bag group of kids walking with nowhere to go. They wave to the hobo in his beachside shack. He's cooking mackerel for his breakfast. This ad's shot like a movie; it feels like the beginning of something.

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The advertising and public affairs giant WPP yesterday predicted a 2 per cent fall in 2009 sales as advertising continues to suffer from troubled firms reining in their spending on marketing and promotions.

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Perhaps it was once true that, yes, the ads on TV were better than the programmes. But a rummage through adland's 2008 suggests that the ad industry can't cling to that comforting cliché; the ads contained depressingly few gems.

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If you work in advertising or the media and you haven't had the email yet, it's only a matter of time. It's the email that orders collective belt-tightening, a brake on all recruitment, perhaps mandatory redundancies and it's infiltrating in-boxes around town. Adopt the brace position.

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Beale's Best In Show: Audi (Bartle Bogle Hegarty)

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Sex toy, pleasure enhancer, erotic stimulator, Rampant Rabbit. Call it what you will, it's a vibrator, and we don't like to talk about that sort of thing.

Beale's Best In Show: Levi's (BBH)

Not many advertisers stay married to the same ad agency for five years, let alone 25. But the relationship that Levi's has with Bartle Bogle Hegarty has done more than stand the test of time. It has set the advertising agenda and produced some of the most enduring and iconic campaigns of the last quarter of a century.

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