Sunday, November 25, 2007

I kid you not

As seen in a local neighbourhood. I wonder if the plate was bought as a gift? Wish we had seen the driver - me and the misses laughed out loud so much.

Reminds me of an old quote from Jeremy Clarkson about America and it's language that it would be inappropriate to leave here.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Does it have to be this way?

While this is great, it does make me ask the question 'Does our world really have to be this confrontational'? Creative tension is often useful to push everyone when coupled with respect for one another, but out-and-out confrontation in an agency is counter productive and has only one outcome. In my experience it is often a result of a lack of respect, which in turn is driven by a perceived lack of talent.

The real thing is that most agencies are not the best at communicating with one another internally. Or maybe I'm getting old and tired of it all.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The joy of a bacon sarnie

I've been in Europe the last couple of weeks. Got to spend a couple of days in London and read more on the controversy caused by Professor Martin Wisemen and his demonisation in much of the British press for his attack on many things yummy (which in large quantities it seems are more likely to cause cancer). So I am sat in the Star Cafe, on my second round of bacon sarnies (white bread, with supporting cup of rosie) when I realise the irony of my situation. Should have made it whole wheat I guess!

Lost in translation

Wonderful. From my recent jaunt to Rome.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Brilliant, artful use of a medium

I love this. Thanks to Chris (who, being in the record business, has a keen interest in this sort of stuff) for sharing this. It's a great mash-up and I just think it has been done with such charm with some great lines in it. Genius. Watch it till the end, as it then takes you to a site called The Fame Game.

So the site is looking for your creative (or not) genius. As they say ...
Not only is The Fame Game the natural home for all your diverse super-skills (elbow fart to high-brow art, comedy gurn to karaoke turn)…

…you can also make your unquestionable genius pay-off by snaffling one of our ridiculously brilliant prizes.

Each month they have a gold, silver and bronze prize (1,500 quid to 500 quid) and the winners also go into a grand prize draw ...

…for their chance at the Big Time - £25,000 cash prize plus guaranteed iTunes release, publicity support and the title Fame Game Champion 2007.

All you have to do to get on the road to glory is register, upload your clip and then keep checking the Fame Game Chart to see your fame skyrocket!

Chart high enough and you’ll be enrolled into our Hall of Fame.

Think you’ve got what it takes?

Well, come on over Supernova…Your fifteen megabytes of fame starts here – RIGHT NOW!

So, just do it (unless your name is Phil Collins).

Cadbury - now Wonderbra

Wonderbra have released a take on the Cadbury Gorilla, proving that the Cadbury spot was great at creating echos (or perhaps it should be referred to as bounce!)

It's not possible to embed the youtube move, but you can follow it here.

The one thing that scares me in all of this? That Phil Collins may be gearing up to make a come-back. Lord!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Skoda - lovelyness

Been in Italy all week in meetings. This came up in conversation early on, along with the Cadbury Gorilla.

The thing about these two particular campaigns (along with the recent JC Penny work) seems to me to be about the echos that they have created in the market place. I like the notion of an echo around an idea. It's not about the making of a TV ad, it's about an idea and how that idea creates echos in culture.

That leads to a great conversation about how you make this idea echo. Which gets you to things like ....