- A New Zealand advertising agency pranked a radio station (and by extension other DJs around the country who also claimed to be looking at the same prank to their listeners) into giving them 72 hours worth of free advertising in the run up to announcing a new season of the TV show, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, by having actors pretend to get up to all sorts of shenanigans in a house adjacent to their studio. Being a self-confessed cynic I wonder if anyone inside the studio was in on it, but you have to admit that it was a well devised plan that seems to have paid off.
- I had no idea how bad the American TV news bulletins were this shoddy in their presentation. Everything is entertainment to them and should be accompanied by pop music. And it was the same when they reported the news that athlete Oscar Pistorius had shot and killed his girlfriend. I also caught myself laughing when they, presumably to justify to their viewers why they were reporting the incident, claimed that Oscar and Reeva Steenkamp were the Posh and Becks or the Brad and Angelina of South Africa.
- You shouldn't really hate on Oprah but sometimes you have to, as I did the other day when I
watchedattempted to watch her interview with Beyonce. The whole thing is painful to watch and if, like me, you can't make it to the end, I can only refer you to my number one source of such matters, Gawker. They reliably inform me that the interview ended on a very upbeat note with Beyonce being annointed the preeminent mistress of the universe by the "O one".
- "Thousands of babies in this State are deprived of birth because of lack of regulations over vasectomies. It is patently unfair that men can prevent the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgement is more valid than the judgement of the General Assembly while women's ability to decide is constantly up for debate through out the United States". No this is not a joke but rather the words of an elected member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia. She thinks it's far too easy for men to opt out of fatherhood and wants the state to step in by making it more difficult, because "women don't have it as easy". I'm just glad I've found a black crazy person in the US government system because everytime I laugh at Todd Akin or Sarah Palin or Michelle Backmann, part of me wonders how I'd defend myself against accusations of racism.
- One of many advantages of being of pensionable age is the ability to do pretty much anything you like without fear of reprisal. I guess this is what this old man was counting on when he punched a TV reporter who dared step into his business property uninvited. Nobody wants to see violence directed at anyone not least journalists but a lot of what passes for journalism these days is utter rubbish and, I'm sorry to say, I laughed when this old man punched this reporter. The old man sounds like he's legally savvy and will probably come out of this alright but since I can't punch people who upset me I can only root for this guy and wish I could do the same.
- When slain ex-LAPD cop Christopher Doner was still on the run Charlie Sheen couldn't resist seizing the opportunity to attach his name to the story of the day and made a video appeal to the man who was on the run to get in touch with him because he had mentioned him in his manifesto. As we now know, he didn't get in touch but Charlie Sheen got what he wanted, publicity.
- I have nothing to say about this except to say that people who go on carnival cruises deserve everything they get (or don't get). These poor sods went through quite an ordeal last week and here a report of their travails.