The Blagger's Blog 17th July 2015

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

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Quote of the week

“Who do you sponge off?” Prince Philip to a group of female community workers in Chadwell Heath, East London, on Thursday, during a royal visit. Unlike many of his public gaffes, though, this one was a joke. Hopefully.

Weekly High

There are bad adverts, good adverts, and great adverts. This week Camelot impressed us by coming up with the latter, via a stint from Piers ‘Loathed By Many’ Morgan, compelling would-be-Lotto players to stop the media man from winning a few million and creating a British landmark dedicated to himself.

Weekly Low

People really need to watch what they’re saying more. Take Hollywood actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), who whilst giving a Q&A on Batman v Superman likened Comic-Con 2015 to genocide. Yep, we got that right- genocide…

“It is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can’t think of anything that’s equivalent.???

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Stories To Keep An Eye On

The Bank of England is expecting interest rates to rise by the end of the year, potentially to around 2%.

Amazon Prime Day, which offered subscribers huge savings on a variety of products, has beaten Black Friday in terms of overall sales for the online retailer. 

A new smartphone – the Turing Phone – is said to be almost indestructible, being built from a liquid metal tougher than titanium and steel, and unhackable, offering the best security of any model on the market. A launch is expected this year. 

Just In Case You Missed It… 

On the blog this week we’ve been getting to grips with Meerkat’s new Cameo functionality, which allows other users to take control of a broadcaster’s stream, and asking ‘has Instagram changed journalism?’