The Blagger's Blog 19th October 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Thought for the week

“20 tons have fallen from my shoulders.” Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner on breaking the world skydive record, and becoming the first man to break the sound barrier without a vehicle.

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Light news success stories in the papers this week included…
…Cheryl Cole and new boyfriend Tre Holloway, who were featured in 20 stories, more than the 15 that reported on 45,000 pupils having to resit GCSEs due to a disagreement over grading…
…Leona Lewis, who came clean about her feelings towards a member of One Direction, and wound up in 11 articles, whereas the bomb in Pakistan that killed 15 or more only found its way into 4…
…and, finally, Big Brother’s Chantelle Houghton, and her suspicion that the father to her child loves Katie Price, which formed the crux of 2 headlines, the same amount as focused on Botswana allowing women to inherit property.
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

Whether you see it as a marketing stunt or test of human endeavour it’s impossible not to be impressed by Austrian Felix Baumgartner’s 128,000ft skydive, during which he reached 833MPH, destroying both the sound barrier and YouTube record for live broadcasts. Only Red Bull…

Weekly low

With Google’s track record for good PR it’s surprising to see the search giant here. Nevertheless, the company’s earnings report being released accidentally, resulting in a huge loss of share value, doesn’t bode well for its corporate appearance.

Things that may happen next week…

The European Council will issue a statement on Monday October 21st regarding the ‘Hillsborough debate’, whilst Wednesday sees the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2012- something that links in with a recent blog of ours, we might add.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 23rd October, Manchester- An Audience With Women Leaders @ The People’s History Museum; A discussion on the role of women in industry and business, made possible thanks to NABS and Hearst Magazines.
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