The Blagger's Blog 10th August 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Thought for the week

On Saturday I will party like it’s my birthday” – Ussain Bolt on winning Gold in the 100 and 200m at London 2012.

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Light news success stories in the paper this week include… Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, stars of Twilight and young lovers, separating, with 29 stories reporting on the split, in contrast Kofi Annan’s resignation as U.N. envoy to Syria only made it into 29…
……Snoop Doggy Dogg changing his name to the even more ridiculous Snoop Lion, converting to Rastafarianism in the process and grabbing 13 headlines, three more than the 10 that ran on Tetra Pak man Hans Rausing, who pleaded guilty to preventing his dead wife’s burial…
…Victoria Beckham buying her mother steamy novel 50 Shades of Grey, with 6 publications jumping on that hot potato, in comparison only 5 told of MP Eric Joyce, who removed an electronic tag to compete in a boat race, only to be fined £600.
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

There’s no denying the entire nation has been bitten by the London 2012 bug. Despite this it’s important to recognise the slightly less than wonderful aspect of this sporting spectacle, from exploited cleaning staff to completely inappropriate sponsors. Thankfully, this little short from Tom Scott helped us all keep things in perspective this week.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjQcbPyVoBs

Weekly low

The Daily Mail and Daily Express both run a double page spread on the success of Team GB’s dressage team in the ongoing Olympic Games. Looks like the subs and picture editors may need to go on a refresher course though, as they ended up using a photo of the Dutch contenders, who finished third in the overall rankings. Egg on face, anyone?

Three things that may happen next week…

Chris Moyles could get a late night radio show, no doubt to end the suffering of office workers across the UK, BSKYB’s high share price may level out after News International’s $1.6billion loss, whilst Stelios and his Easy Jet comrades might vote to remove Sir Mike Rake, currently the airline’s chairman, because of his involvement with Barclays bank.

Dates for your diary

Monday 13th August 2012 – Manchester; CIM Social media benchmark in-depth review @ Manchester Business School looks to provide an interactive and in-depth review of Social Media Benchmark results.

Saturday 18th August 2012 – Liverpool; OggCamp 12 @ The Art & Design Academy will see technology enthusiasts meet and share ideas on all aspects of programming and business IT.

If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email [email protected]or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!