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First Defense

These two ads carry a common theme – first defense.- 😉 The first is for Vicks ‘First Defense’ cold medicine and this ad makes me giggle every time I see it. The second was voted funniest ad in Europe in 2005. Initially you’ll almost certainly find this one pretty heinous but stick with it – I can almost guarantee that it will make you laugh out loud.

‘I want those sweeties!’ ….

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Photos with a wow factor

I know I’m no Annie Leibowitz (more’s the pity) but I plug away at my love of photography, gradually learning more and slowly seeing improvements in my art.  It’s hard not to compare yourself to others however and there are those even on Flickr whose work I just find totally enchanting (here ) or that simply blows me away (here and here) .  Best keep your head down and plug on for fear of being totally discouraged, I think.

Sometimes however, I come across a photo that has such a wow factor that it makes me think ‘that’s it’.  Pack away all the gear because that is incredible and probably, for me, totally unattainable.

Jose Luis Rodriguez has just won first prize in this year’s Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  This was a shot that apparently took him years to plan and that he had even sketched out on paper beforehand.  The planning shows.  If I attempted this I’d get a blur of fur as the wolf disappeared out of shot.  Jose’s shot is so crystal clear, well lit and well timed that it looks just like a storybook illustration brought to life.  Hats off to Sr. Rodriguez, he’s a worthy winner.

Leaping wolfYou can read more about the competition and the winners in other categories by visiting here.

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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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Back then

Back ‘when I were a girl’ (said in a Yorkshire accent) I used to travel a lot with my parents.  Commercial air travel was still relatively new and I clearly remember how when we’d see air crew walking through the airport their heads were held high with pride, and everyone looked admiringly at them.  Have you seen the film ‘Catch me if you can’?  Well, if you weren’t around in the 1960s to see what I’m talking about for yourself, that film shows you pretty much what it was like to be air crew then.  It was the coolest job – seriously, those people were mini gods.  I remember having ambitions as a little girl to be an air hostess. I  have to tell you, however, that every time I said so to my mother that she would quickly retort: ‘You want to be a trolly dolly?  Really?  Ooh no, I don’t think so!’ (I did secretly keep on dreaming though).

A couple of months back an ad  for Virgin Airways was released on TV and it plays on this nostalgia because they are currently celebrating 25 years as an airline.  When we fly anywhere long distance nowadays I am of course swayed not only by price but by the convenience of the destination airport for us, plus those all important airmiles.  Still, I  have to say I have a tremendous soft spot for Virgin and will use them whenever I can.  This is partly because I have huge admiration for Richard Branson but mostly because Virgin were once incredibly generous with us.  You see we took the girls over to the States one year on an ‘all in’ Virgin holiday and to cut a long story short, our holiday fell short of expectations.  Nothing totally horrendous, just really not what we had expected.  When we got back I wrote to the company to say how disappointed we’d been, not thinking that I’d ever hear anything back from them.  Well, far from it.  A short while later I received a letter of apology and – here’s the thing –  a full refund for the holiday.  I was, and still am, blown away by this generous attitude, so is it any wonder that Richard Branson (already a business hero of mine) rocketed right up in my estimation?  It was probably also a clever business move on their part because over the years I’ve missed absolutely no opportunity to extoll the many virtues of Virgin.  There is no better advertisement than a totally smitten customer.

Here’s that wonderful ad … and they really couldn’t have picked a better piece of music because it’s one of my all time favourites ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. ‘ Ah them were the days’ (she said, back in her Yorkshire accent).

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A happy start to the weekend

I’m not being a very good blogger lately am I?  No time to web surf you see. I’m also thinking that this blog is really pretty weird because of its scrapbook-type nature.  My last post was about the mafia’s [alleged] misdoings and it’s going to sit alongside a video of cute babies.  I am nothing if not totally random and diverse.

I’m not one of those women who coos, oohs and aaaahs at every baby on the planet but this ad is just adorable and makes me feel good every time I see it. There is something so sweet and special about hearing babies laugh and in this ad the third baby is positively creasing himself.  Wonderful!  Here’s a happy start to the weekend then…

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Sweet Lullaby

I love this piece of music.  It’s by French duo Michel Sanchez and Eric Mouquet (together forming musical group ‘Deep Forest’) and samples a traditional lullaby of the Baegu people in the Solomon islands.  The lullaby is called Rorogwela and is sung here by Afunakwa.  I find her singing hauntingly beautiful.

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Rescuing Bibi

I must admit that I find human beings frustrating, complex and often simply beyond my comprehension.  We sometimes do such unspeakable things to those around us.  However we are also capable of such kindness and selfless courage in order to help not just fellow humans but also helpless animals.  Today’s Mail Online has a story that covers the rescue of Bibi, a tiny Maltese schitzu. Bibi was blown by a strong wind into the ocean and might have drowned had it not been for a brave and kind-hearted member of the public, Raden Soemawinata. Positive news stories like this are a joy to see.

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