Thursday, November 29, 2007

Can bites Dog

I mentioned two posts previous that the picture of dogs in garlands was my favourite BBC news story picture. Well it has been well and truly surpassed by this fantastic effort. Is it worth a BBC News Online entry? Probably not, but it’s great.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Free Rice

This is a great example of the power of the internet. Just by playing a game to increase your vocabulary you can be actively helping to donate rice through the UN food programme for affected parts of the world. A look at the ‘totals’ page makes for interesting reading too as you can see how the game has been gradually picked up around the net which has led to higher and higher donations of rice.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Money Makes the World go Round

Guinness has unveiled their new advert that cost 10 million pounds to make. 10 million! And it’s not even that good. (I can’t link to it as work have banned youtube – you can’t blame ‘em, they want to make money).

It’s a horrible thought - all that money being spent on something which is just a giant dominoes game with cars, hay and books. Dominoes are hardly an original idea either. And this is probably before the ad agency even picks up its fee. Guinness is hardly a struggling company. I wonder how much money was given to the random Argentinean village that it was set in.

And then as if that wasn’t heinous enough a restaurant in New York has launched a pudding that costs $25,000. It’s just not necessary. Anyone spending that amount of money on one piece of food should at least match the amount with a donation to charity.

I’ve nothing against free market capitalism at all, but surely basic decency and restraint could be shown? If that has made you all down then at least read / look at this story about dogs being treated really nicely – for one day at least. (The picture I have used is possibly one of my favourite BBC news photos of all time.)