The Blagger's Blog 23rd March 2012
A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort
Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week’s light news success stories included…
…Britain’s Got Talent, which is set for a return to our screens and as such made 71 headlines, whereas the Government’s NewBuy scheme to help first timers get on the property ladder only bagged 55…
…Russell Brand, who landed himself in legal strife after throwing a photographer’s mobile phone through a window, with 43 articles reporting on the news, in contrast the Kony 2012 video about child soldiers only featured in 42 (despite 83million YouTube hits)…
…and finally, David Beckham eating a burrito whilst out for lunch with his family, the crux of 32 stories, whereas Bo Xilai, a leading Chinese government official, was sacked by the Communist party after attempting to prevent a police inquiry into his family and only appeared in 38.
Coca Cola has been responsible for some of the most timeless adverts of all time. This latest for the calorie free Zero product may not be quite as memorable as ‘Holidays are coming’, but still, we like the idea.
If you’ve got Google, use it. Released in time for St Patrick’s Day, Nike’s new Dunk Low sneaker is called the Black and Tan. Unfortunately that’s also the nickname given to a notoriously brutal British paramilitary unit of the 1920s, invoking bad memories.
Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs Sheffield
The cause of Fabrice Muamba’s cardiac arrest, which left him dead for 78 minutes after he was struck down during a Bolton Wanderers game, remains unknown as he recovers in hospital, so naturally plenty of people are talking about it. In more upbeat news the 2012 Budget is out…
Top London #tags (seven days to 23/3/2012)
In London, home of our coalition Government, that Budget is high on the agenda, what with the controversial ‘Granny Tax’ and reduced 50p rate. Less dividing lines can be seen regarding Muamba’s collapse mind, with everyone showing solidarity for the sportsman.
Top Austin #tags (seven days to 23/3/2012)
Both teams in Sheffield- Wednesday and United- are still riding high down in League One, and on the local Twitter sphere (#twitterblades, #swfc, #sufc). Aside from this there’s also that small matter of BBC’s smash TV series The Apprentice, which is back again.
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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