The Blagger's Blog 5th October 2012

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Thought for the week

“We have made a terrible mistake.” UK Government on ‘The Great Train (Franchise) Robbery’.

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Light news success stories in the papers this week included…
…Kristin Cavallari, best known from TV’s The Hills, revealing her body post-pregnancy, and appearing in 7 articles, whereas Iran’s warning it was ready to retaliate following Israel’s pressure to curtail a Tehran nuclear programme only made it into 3 …
…The Ryder Cup WAGs, who featured in 26 stories, in contrast NASA found evidence streams once existed on Mars and bagged just 6…
…and, finally, Emma Watson on the promo trail for new coming of age movie The Perks of Being A Wallflower, the crux of 45 headlines, meanwhile one of the Libyan rebels thought to have captured Gaddafi was buried in his hometown and only saw 3.
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

Ever the innovative marketplace, this week saw a new campaign unveiled in support of Resident Evil 6, the latest in the best-selling video game franchise. Pitting Mitt Zombie against Barack Cadaver, it’s safe to say this is far more entertaining than the standard U.S. Presidential Election imagery.

Weekly low

It has been a week of embarrassments for the BBC, with much-loved host Sir Jimmy Savile connected to allegations of sex crimes against youngsters, followed by a back stage technician asking “What the fuck is that?” during a live breakfast broadcast, unfortunately within ear shot of a radio mic. Oh dear.

Three things that may happen next week…

Prometheus will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray, offering a welcome distraction from economic doom and gloom, dismissals will take place in the UK Department of Transport following the West Coast franchise nightmare, and on Sunday, October 14th, the deadline arrives for the extradition of maths teacher Jeremy Forrest, currently eluding police with a runaway school girl.

Dates for your diary

Monday 8th October (and all week), Leeds- Leeds Digital Festival @ Round Foundry Media Centre; The largest celebration of all things digital West Yorkshire has to offer.
Thursday 11th October, Manchester- NABS Manchester Music Quiz @ Photolink Creative Group; Return of the popular music quiz for marketing and creative types, held in association with Bauer Radio.
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