The Blagger's Blog 5th August 2016 – Pokemon addicts, Kanye courts IKEA, Syrian literature

A weekly roundup of media news, sans effort


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Quote of the week

“We had a big falling out this week when we were supposed to be meeting our wedding photographer… …I was playing Pokemon in the park.”

Ryan Gavan, 32, one of The Sun newspaper’s ‘Brits who are addicted to Pokemon Go’. It’s a real problem apparently.

Weekly high

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Kanye West has made a couple of statements this year that suggest (nay, make clear) that he wants to collaborate with IKEA on some furniture designs. IKEA responded via Twitter, saying they could make him famous. The viral internet-sphere has gone crazy with potential products the two global brands could make together.

Weekly low

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Thomson Airways ensured one of their passengers was greeted with a 15 minute grilling under the Terrorism Act once she had returned home to Doncaster from her family holiday in Turkey. The reason? Crew spotted her on the outbound flight, reading a copy of Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline. Faizah Shareen, the woman who was detained, was said to be very upset. We’re not surprised.

Stories to keep an eye on

Someone has designed a Grand Hotel Budapest-style beehive, for the more refined bee. It’s pretty cool.

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games open tonight, and we’re expecting big things from the ceremony considering this is the most famous city on the planet when it comes to carnivals.

A new Ofcom study shows more than 1/3 U.K. internet users have tried a ‘digital detox’ at some point.

Just in case you missed us

In the last week or so we’ve been musing plenty. Machines are now writing news stories, not sure what that says about the future of journalism. And Pokemon Go is already becoming a fixation for many, and source of income for many brands- here’s how to turn Pikachu into profit.