Thursday, 25 September 2008

He's taller than me and you

Check out my brother teaching his son Oliver Aston Villa songs. I love it when Oliver corrects him! Start 'em young is what I say.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

The Gatekeeper at the End of the World

When you're driving around deepest, darkest Wales at 5am, looking for a field that doesn't exist, the last thing you need to see sitting nonchalantly halfway up a telegraph pole is this...

Thursday, 18 September 2008

CC Watchdog

A clever little trick that a good friend of mine taught me a while back:

When complaining to a company via email, for example an airline, a restaurant, a bank etc 'CC' to send shivvers down the receiver's spine. It works a treat. I don't even know if that is the email for the real Watchdog, but who cares...just giving out the impression that they're watching over your correspondence ensures instantly better treatment!

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Give a Goat a Job

I just found this...

It was my old partner's and my business card/logo when we were trying to get a job in advertising. It's a real photo. I shit you not. The goat was called Tina. It lived in a field behind my old partner's house in Cornwall. What posture, what symmetry...

Is it as good as this though? This is the image that pops into my head whenever I think of something decent...slap that paw!

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Crack TV is Back

I'd rather watch a good American TV show/series than a movie nowadays.

So, Dexter's back. Boom. Season 3 will be on-air very soon over here. I've just watched the first episode. What a great, great show it is. I'm not normally into crime and all that, but Dexter is different, it's got a fascinating, morally confusing hook: he's a serial killer who only murders bad guys. So, you find yourself in the unusual predicament of liking a serial killer...which makes for great TV. Watch it.

Also back on air is the Season 4 of Prison Break. Now, this really is crack TV. Like 24, you simply have to keep watching to find out what happens next. The first season was shit-hot, but then you wonder how they can spin it out. But they do, reasonably successfully as the breakees are on the run. Then season 3 - back in prison again, except it's the worst prison in the world. Then season four, out again. In, out, in, out. Some great characters in this series too, my particular favourite being the devilishly dark redneck rapist Teabag...amazing, the next Kevin Spacey?

Another brilliant bad guy, and also in the running for my mantle of the next Kevin Spacey, is the superb Michael Emerson aka Benjamin Linus in Lost. I'm going to sound like a right old geek now, but Lost is amazing. Most people just dip in and out, then go 'there's polar bears and they're actually all dead and the island is purgatory, and the writers just make it up as they go along'. Oh no no. This is screen writing at it's very best. The amount of times it has just blown me away is ridiculous. I know a few people who gave up in season 2 as it got a bit slow, but seasons 3 and 4 were just fantastic, mind-blowing in fact. Check out this well geeky map some psycho has put together...

Monday, 8 September 2008

Toilet Humour

Whilst shooting 'up north' on a building site, I came across these rather beautiful examples of toilet humour in the port-a-loo there. Still pondering whether to call that number...of which I've removed the last digit (so now you've only got a 1 in 10 chance of reaching her/it!)

Advert Alert

A couple of new Maccy D ads we've just finished, '06:37' and '08:51', revolving around the idea of 'A breakfast for any morning'. We tried to keep things as real and observational as we could. Directed by the young and fantastic Mr Ewan McNicol over at Blink.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Fish are Fucked

It's true. There really aren't plenty more fish in the sea. Why? Because we've eaten them all.

It's as simple as that. Scientists predict that by the year 2048, the sea will be empty. This is very bad news. Sea-life produce 40-odd% of the air we breathe, which means that when the sea reverts to a prehistoric jellyfish soup, we too are fucked.

The solution? Stop eating fish that isn't sustainably caught eg. doesn't have a sustainable fish logo. Ask fishmongers and waiters where the fish comes from. If they try and fob you off, or can't tell you, don't buy it.

Anchovies, scallops and tuna are the most popular fish at risk.

But, the sad truth is that no-one will really care. Why? Because fish aren't cute and cuddly like pandas. Plus, because we can't see what's going on under the waves, most of us will turn a blind eye.