The Blagger's Blog 28th November 2014

A weekly roundup of media news and talking points, sans effort

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Thought for the Week 

Well, the people’s army are not wholly trained… …They are enthusiastic volunteers, and volunteers make mistakes and that lady made a mistake.???” Ukip leader Nigel Farage, as quoted in The Guardian, trying to explain away why a representative of the party confused Westminster Cathedral- an iconic and very British London landmark- for a mosque when criticising a BBC poll on whether the party was taken seriously or not.

Weekly High

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, someone- or rather a group of people- send a tandoori lamb chop into space. Designed to promote a new book from British author, Nikesh Shukla, but we say it also doubles up nicely as a nice advert for the durability of GoPro cameras.

 
 

Weekly Low

There was more negative press for Tesco today when the chief of Greater Manchester Police criticised the retailer or failing to properly prepare for Black Friday. As products were heavily discounted shoppers descended on the supermarket giant’s branches, but staff lost control of crowds at seven locations across the UK’s second city, with reports of crushing and general disorder.

 
 

Stories to keep an eye on

Facebook is launching a new stand-along network, Facebook At Work, which has been compared to LinkedIn.
Sony has apparently covertly crowd-funded a new smart watch made from e-paper. Which sounds impressive.

 

Just in case you missed it

The latest issue of Smoking Gun’s monthly newsletter, John Watson’s Case Notes, has now been published. This month we’re talking about the need to future plan or risk the survival of your business, Vine as a journalistic tool, the battle of the Christmas TV adverts and our work for Flava-it, spreading the #Meatlust. Take a look here.