Archie gets a pair of birds for his office

Nice to see that Archie Norman, chairman of Asda, hasn’t lost his sense of humour, despite having his wings clipped in the recent Puffin/Penguin spat with United Biscuits.

The Diary understands that Norman has just bought a painting of two puffins by aspiring bird illustrator Adrian Smart, to be displayed proudly in his office.

Smart, who is clearly smart by nature as well as by name, sent Norman a cheeky letter suggesting the purchase in the light of the recent biscuit launch.

As a keen supporter of the arts, the Diary would like to urge brand owners at Bird’s Custard, Stork SB, Swan matches and Dove soap to brighten up their boardrooms by buying a similarly apt composition.

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