The Blagger’s Blog 20th April 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Last week’s light news success stories included…

…On Direction being sued for $1million, whilst touring Australia, and Rihanna’s desire to hook up with band member Harry Styles, which collectively appeared in 88 articles, seven more than the 81 that reported on Instagram being bought for $1billion by Facebook…

…Rihanna promoting her new, rather dubious looking film, Battleship, and managing to get the title into 73 stories, whilst US republican candidate Rick Santorum pulled out of the race to be come his party’s presidential nominee and appeared in just 62…

…and finally, Adele coming out on top of the youngest rich list with a reported stash of £20million (who said the record industry was dead?), the crux of 57 headlines, whereas the National Union of Teachers threatened to strike if their summer break is cut and only 42 reported on the stand-off.

(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

Our beloved all-natural snack Panda has been up to its innovative tricks again. The famous bear has previously been involved in all manner of activities (not least an indoor skydive), but this new video, Panda Balboa, takes things to another level. Adrian!

Weekly low

At school you learn the importance of deadlines, but Home Secretary Theresa May apparently didn’t listen, as radical cleric Abu Qatada is sticking on British soil for the time being after his deportation stalls, again, due to Government delays.

Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs New Orleans

Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 19/4/2012)

#mufc #mcfc

#primaryschoolmemories #highschoolmemories

#grandnational #secondaryschoolconfessions

#towie #thevoiceUK

#cfc #lfc

Clearly from this list the Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am, and Danny O’Donoghue fronted talent show The Voice UK is being watched by someone in Manchester. Last weekend also saw the Grand National keep us entertained, so plenty talking about that controversial race too.

Top London #tags (seven days to 19/4/2012)

#primaryschoolmemories #cfc

#secondaryschoolmemories #thevoiceUK

#lfc #towie

#f1 #secondaryschoolmemories

#twothingsthatdontmix #grandnational

Quite what has caused Britain’s two most densely populated cities to engage in such an exchange of memories from school is a mystery to us, but Londoners are also sharing nostalgia. Other than that the UK’s biggest horse event also crops up, as does The Only Way Is Essex, again.

Top New Orleans #tags (seven days to 19/4/2012)

#nola #thoughtsduringschool

#yougetmajorpointsif #nationalbestfriendday

#incollege #saints

#itstimeforyoutorealize #ididnttextyouback

#ifindthatattractive

Amazingly even in N’Awleans Tweeters are harping on about their #thoughtsduringschool. Elsewhere #nationalbestfriendday sounds like a great idea, whilst we could think of numerous ways to finish the sentence #yougetmajorpointsif…

That was The Blagger’s Blog, a selection of statements, statistics and noteworthy newsies from across the media and social world, amalgamated, allowing the time-starved professional to start a conversation from thin air.

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