Tesla Coil Electricity Fight – Awesomness!

I just had to share this…  How amazing.  I love stuff like this.  Starts off awseome and gets even more awesome.  This is a definate Cirque du Soleil act.  Maybe it was…  if not it should be.

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Now I just need to get the wife to but me a big tesla coil some special suits and a set of POI’s and I’ll be busy all christmas!

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Humorous Underground Stickers – A bit of fun or vandalism?

A new craze has hit London underground – one that few people will notice but those that do are sure to chuckle.

Stickers are being put up all over the underground in an attempt to add some humour to the somewhat dullness of a typical underground journey.  They can be purchased online for as little as £2 each and come in many shapes and sizes.

And they are starting to get peoples attention.

They use the same font and branding as TFL but turn the typical warning sign or underground map into something a bit more fun.  

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The Bristol Pound – A Solution to Recession?

The Euro is in crisis, England is in a recession, so what are Bristol traders doing about this? Creating their own currency.

Businesses local in Bristol have started trading in Bristol Pounds, which has been set up as an online currency as well.

By having their own currency, Bristol is encouraging money circulation within Bristol itself.

If someone walks into a shop and pays for something in Bristol Pounds, they cannot go and pay a national supplier using this as it won’t be accepted. Instead they will have to use it to pay local suppliers or pay staff.

By doing this they are keeping money circulating within Bristol and promoting the use of local traders and suppliers.

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Lynx Apologises to Harry for its Lynx Effect

lynx apologising to harryWhenever something ‘big’ happens in the world that could be used as part of a marketing campaign, its a race between the big players to become a part of it.

The Olympics was one of the recent events which saw many businesses use to their advantage despite the tight advertising control Locog insisted on.

The latest so called scandel to be used is the current sensation around naked Prince Harry pictures. 

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Was the Olympics Good For Business?

I recently had a bit of a rant on linkedin that I though would make an interesting blog post.  Some names have been removed to protect peoples identity. And some extra bits added for theatrical effect.  My intention is not to degrade what was an amazing olympic games.

I loved the Games.

What a fantastic display of British Hospitality. What an amazing buzz around London. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish. I was glued to the TV for most of the events we were competing in and my fingers were regularly hopping to that red button.

But seriously… good for our industry?

Why are Locog so intent on stopping anyone from printing or displaying the olympic rings? It’s ridiculous. How do they even own the rights to this? It was originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. I’m sure he would have not been happy with the way the logo is guarded. Particularly as he designed it as the coming together of continents.  Hardly sounds like the “olympic spirit” we hear so much about.

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A Brilliant Day out at BeWILDerwood

Whilst on holiday in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk we decided to visit Bewilderwoodthe attraction with “wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and a hint of intriguing characters”. I didn’t know what to expect, we had our daughter, Bella with us, who is 1 with us so she’s isnt quite old enough for many things yet but she likes to be involved and take part none the less.

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The Oddbins Approach to Olympic Advertising

A lot of businesses have been trying to cash in on the Olympics but with very strict advertising rules this has been hard to do. 

Without having millions of pounds to secure being an official Olympic sponsor you will not be able to the mulit-national brand partners that are cashing in on being able to boost their advertising through the games. 

So Odd-bins took a slightly different approach and decided to launch an attack on the Locog advertising rules. 

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Promo Gifts in the West End – Sir Spamalot

As a thankyou for our fast turnaround on some branded umbrellas, Mel managed to secure us some tickets to see Sir Spamalot on tuesday.  I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  I’m not a huge fan of musicals, I generally get dragged along by my wife.

For those that don’t know Sir Spamalot is a musical rendition of the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Spamalot tells the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in their quest to find the holy grail.

On the night we went Marcus Bridgstoke played King Arthur, a role that is shared with impressionist Jon Culshaw from August the 8th to the 2nd of September.

Roman said that Patsy was played by Todd Carty (Mark from Eastenders) but until I saw the posters outside I refused to believe him. Maybe I always imagined him to be taller?

Maybe it’s because he was always bent over with a large pack on his back?

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Nike Takes on Adidas in Olympic Advertising

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With Adidas being names the official sportswear partner of London 2012 and Team GB, it was only a matter of time before Nike came on the scene with some form of Olympic advertising.

Nike are set release a 9 month long campaign with the strapline ‘Find Your Greatness’ which is based around inspiring UK athletes, whatever their aspiration or level and inspiring potential in everyone.

And guess when it’s going to be released – Friday 27th July – the same day as the opening ceremony.

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