Reality TV ratings

Well you can tell it’s autumn because the weather’s turned crap whilst the TV broadcasters have rolled out their blockbuster reality shows. We don’t watch many but we do tune into Strictly. To me it remains one of the campest things on the box but I got castigated for my views on it before so let’s just agree it’s decent Saturday/Sunday¬† night entertainment. Continue reading


last thoughts on Take That and the comeback of comebacks

I recognise it’s stretching a bit to do 3 postings around the subject of dropping my family off and collecting them later from a Take That concert. But hey if I’m going to do these 50 postings in December than I need to extract juice from anywhere. I was reflecting during the long drive home how incredible has been the turn around in the fortunes of TT. They were huge of course as one of the early boy bands and then when Robbie left the slide started and within a year or so they’d decided to split. I think that was around 1996. Then they just disappeared.

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Clothes Show and birmingham

I had a really good day today up at the NEC to see the Clothes Show with our clients Haymarket Publishing who put the whole event together. It’s a total girl’s day out to be frank but hey, even I enjoyed the experience. The main catwalk show is just brilliant. A very clever mix of models and dancers who put on a great performance. I know the 99.2% female audience were rooting for the great looking fellahs on the runway but 3 grizzled old male gits were smitten by the truly beautiful girls and Caprice’s lingerie collection was more than alright…

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are pop stars eccentric?

Not quite the title of one of Gary Numan’s two hits but appropriate I hope. A nice feature today in the Independent’s property section on Gary’s choice of home – a Gothic-themed estate in Sussex. He’s clearly got some odd tastes – everywhere is painted red, he has swords hanging in the hallway and up the stairs (he’s a big fan of Lord of the Rings…) and underneath the stairwell sits a stuffed white Alaskan timber wolf. Eh? Well apparently he spotted it in an airport shop in Seattle, kids were climbing over it and he thought it was undignified. So, he did what any self-respecting animal rights activist would do – he bought it and brought it home to the wilds of Sussex with the intention of setting it in a tundra scene complete with ice and mural. That’s still to be built but never mind ‘he’s a happy wolf now’ accordingly to Gary. Continue reading

celebrity baby names; scintillating or cynical?

I’m sure you’ve probably heard that Charlotte Church, who’d piled on a few pounds during her pregnancy, had a baby daughter on Thurs night/Friday morning. Good wishes to them. I really quite like Charlotte’s Cardiff-girl attitude. I’m not sure about Gavin’s preening but each to their own in the changing room. I have to say they make a handsome couple and she’s spunky and care-free in equal measure. Thing is, I noticed their annoyance in the media that Myleen Klass had beaten them to the name Ava for their daughter. Beaten them? It’s not like she can claim title rights. If you like the name, why not go for it too C and G?

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gary gary gary

I’ve seen a couple of tv ads tonight which are desperately awful. The first is the latest for Walkers crisps starring old big ears himself, Gary Lineker. He’s done well over 25 different ads over the years since 1995 and this must be one of the munters. It features the old Flanders and Swan ditty Mud, Glorious Mud. Maybe it’s to reflect the lousy bloody summer we’ve had – but who needs reminding?

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celebs in ads

Have you seen the new ad from Tesco featuring Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe in an apparent race to finish their shopping first? By all accounts it’s designed to showcase their one in front policy whereby additional till points will be opened if they see more than one person in a queue waiting to pay. Well I’ve never seen that happen to be honest in a Tesco store but it seems a remarkably extravagant way to promote this never-seen service. It’s nicely shot and executed and unhurried. I wouldn’t say the lads are natural actors – Borg is as wooden as his rackets – though they’re clearly having fun. But my main thought is what must this have cost to produce and is it worth it? It’s just so over-the-top don’t you think? Just 4 out of 10 guys.

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