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Judderman

I read today that this ad, for Metz Schnapps, caused a stir back in the 1990s because parents across the nation complained that it was way too scary for children to be aired on TV, and that eventually it was banned. Hold on, if that’s true, I believe that adverts for alcohol would only have been aired after the 9 o’clock watershed (when all wee bairns should be tucked up safely in their cosy beds). I’d have to say to the complainants then: Come again? Too scary for who? Are you sure it wasn’t you?!

My parents introduced me to classic horror movies (the likes of Bela Lugosi as Dracula) at a young age. We all huddled together on the sofa to watch and ironically, what I remember is not the feeling of horror but the fact of being cuddled up close to Mum and Dad. Maybe that held me in good stead in some way because to me, this ad is no worse than an old Grimm’s fairy tale. Am I unusual, or are people turning into wimps?

Just by the by, doesn’t the narrator have a lovely accent?  I think it’s the same as Bjork, i.e. Icelandic.  I’d love to speak like this – I’m tempted to reinvent myself with an accent that rrrumbles arrround its rrrs, gently thuddds its way around d’s and sing-songs its way through sentences.  Much more romantic sounding than my middle England mixed with ‘something else’!

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Midsummer's Day: a conundrum

AliceWhite_01Hey, here’s a question for you:  Why, in the northern hemisphere, do we call 21st June ‘Midsummer’s Day’ when 21st June actually marks ‘the start of Summer’?  Aha…

Did you know that in meteororololololgical terms Spring begins on 1st March, Summer on 1st June, Autumn – 1st September and Winter – 1st December?  Those dates make more sense to me in terms of what the weather is actually doing, certainly where I live, and in my own mind this is closer to how I think of the year. (That still doesn’t make ‘Midsummer’s‘ day on 21st June mind you).  Confusing, innit?

Well, just who went and confused things by willy nilly declaring the start of the seasons as the 21st of March, June, September and December?  I bet it was those pesky Christians (no hate mail please – to all intents and purposes I’m one of them …which doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m currently a fully paid-up member of the club).   If you know the answer, do tell.

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Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there.  If you haven’t already, check out the videos I posted yesterday:  A funny (and wincingly painful) clip from the brilliant Paul Merton’s trip to India, and maybe my favourite ad of all time (well…so far), the Guinness surfers and white horses ad.

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Fathers' Day – Guinness Ad

I’m posting two videos in honour of Father’s Day tomorrow: 

Here is the Guinness ‘White Horses’ advertisement – voted the Best Ad of All Time in a 2002 poll conducted by Channel 4 and The Sunday Times. It was also a worthy multi award winner, chalking up more industry awards than any other ad in 2009.  It’s ten years old therefore and in my mind is still a hard one to beat.

The other video is an unmissable scene from the Paul Merton in India series on Channel 5 (one to make the guys wince as they laugh).

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the Dads out there!

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Fox's biskwits

I love this latest ad for Fox’s biscuits.  Who ever thought of a Mafiosa panda?  Genius!

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Feelgood

I saw this for the first time last night and I don’t care what a few cynics are saying over at YouTube, this makes me feel happy, so I’m posting it here:

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