The Blagger's Blog 23rd November 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

 

Thought for the week

“Russia is a cow from whom she can come and get milk – that is, money – and then leave, while not following our laws.” St Petersburg MP Vitaly Milonov, discussing Madonna’s gay rights speech during her concert in Russia’s second city, which some believe violated national legislation by potentially having an adverse effect on the nation’s birth rate.
 

Worth the paper it’s printed on

Light news success stories in the papers this week included…
…Helen Flanagan wearing a sexy two-piece swimsuit, forming the focal point for 27 articles, in contrast administrators only made 5 when they closed 41 Comet stores, resulting in a loss of 1,000 jobs…
…Nadine Dorries eating insects, and appearing in 29 stories, meanwhile oil giant BP’s $4.5billion out of court settlement following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon only made it into 21…
… and finally, boxing star David Haye taking a shower, with his buff physique grabbing 10 headlines, double the 5 focussed on charity donations falling by 20%, or £1.7billion .
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

More Movember news this week, with the likes of British Airways, Virgin, Qantas and WestJet all painting moustaches on the front of their aircraft in order to pledge support for the month-long drive to raise money and increase awareness of testicular and prostate cancer.

 

Weekly low

Poor old Susan Boyle. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out this talented Scottish opera singer isn’t the most image-savvy star in the record store. Unfortunately apparently her public relations representatives seem a little unsure too, what with the now infamous LP launch hashtag.

 
 

 Things that might happen this week…

The results of the Leveson inquiry into media standards (phone hacking etcetera) will be made public on Thursday, and on the same day Smoking Gun PR staff will head to Gorton Monastery for the annual CIPR PRide North West awards, with our office in the running for 9 trophies. Oh, and Argentina may default on its national debt after a U.S. court ruled $1.3billion owed needs to be paid back immediately.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 27th November, Manchester- Manchester Net Squared November Meetup @ Manchester Digital Laboratory; monthly meeting of creative web types.
Tuesday 27th November, Leeds – Bettakultcha @ The Greenhouse; open debate and discussion on all things contemporary and cultural.
Thursday 29th November, Manchester- Digital Shorts, Content Marketing and Social Media @ MacDonald Hotel; one hour lectures and talks on all aspects of content marketing and social media.
Thursday 29th November, Manchester- CIPR PRide North West Awards @ Gorton Monastary; the great and the good of the region’s public relations industry meet to recognise the year’s finest campaigns.
If there is a success story, blunder, or news event you’d like to see included email helloATsmokinggun.co.uk or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!