We imagine that radio station Kiss FM was flooded with calls from distraught teenagers last weekend.
During a news bulletin on early Saturday morning, the sombre newsreader announced that the Spice Girls were officially splitting up, with Posh Spice embarking on a solo career in the new year.
The Diary could not hide its relief. It would be the end of any more press releases about the latest chocolate/soft drink/crisps/deodorant marketing deal. Phew!
Alas, the red-faced newsreader was mistaken. The feisty five are still together and the fax is still jammed with tales of product endorsement. A cruel joke on journalists around the world, perhaps?