I have been…

•February 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

… crap again and not posted for ages.

I sorry.

Things in the works:

– Update on my current campaigns at Puuuublicasity

– Views on Oscars

– My belated review of Black Swan

– Empire Records

– Top tips for hosting a blogger event

Please get in touch if you want to be involved in any form of guest blogging

Oscar Nominees…

•January 26, 2011 • 2 Comments

For those of you who have yet to see the nominations for the 2011 Oscars, here is a break down of some of the key ones (courtesy of Oscars.org).

Though I have yet to see some of the movies or actors/actresses in action, I have highlighted who I want to win in bold and who I reckon will win in italics. And if you come a cross a bold italic, I think you’ll understand.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”
  • James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

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Guest Blog: John Edden

•January 24, 2011 • 1 Comment

Everybody is talking about it and in the last week I have read far too many blog posts from ‘experts’ stating why new question and answer social media site Quora is the next big thing. The site allows you to post a question that its community answers, akin to the old fashioned Yahoo Answers. Apparently though, Quora is far more superior than Yahoo Answers, far more useful and is set to become bigger than…dare I say it….Twitter!

I’m not convinced….I wouldn’t be. I’m a miserable journalist – the kind of person who is never happy until something unconnected to them, fails. What you don’t know is that Quora has already failed….twice! Interested? Allow me to continue…..

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2011 Movie List: Black Swan

•January 17, 2011 • 3 Comments

As soon as I saw the teaser trailer for this film, I knew it was my kind of film, and definitely one to watch out for in 2011. Having been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress at last night’s Golden Globes, it seems it definitely is.

Plot summary (courtesy of IMDB): A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like the evil twin sister of the White Swan, the Black Swan. Continue reading ‘2011 Movie List: Black Swan’

Celebs and their Tw-omotion!

•January 10, 2011 • 3 Comments

Today, I came across a very interesting article in The Mail on Sunday regarding celebrities and the legality promoting consumer products via the oh so trendy Twitter. Catching my eye immediately, I had to read through this and see whether the issue had developed since when I read about it a year ago. But unfortunately, it seems as though the Office of Fair Trading is still warning rather than enforcing.

If you didn’t see the article, the tweets highlighted included:

“Grey Goose in the house” (Lily Allen)

“I’m in London until Thursday, then it’s back to New York. Chilling in the May Fair” (Peaches Geldof)

“Can’t wait for my new range rover!!” (Henri Holland)

Courtesy of The Mail on Sunday (09.01.11)

What concerned me whilst reading the article is the assumption that OFT make when they begin to worry about this type of issue. Do we really trust a celebrity who tweets ‘I love this X, Y or Z’? And if we do, do we assume that they have said this with no financial gain? Does OFT really think we are that naïve? Are we that naïve?

As with all topics/issues like this, I like to ask my faithful followers (yes, I do have a God complex) and I got some great responses from Sarah Hayward and Bumbling Along – in fact it started a whole mini debate about the subject, and threw out some ideas that I had not even considered.

As a young professional who works in media (specifically PR) I like to think that I am pretty au fait when it comes to promotions and celebrity endorsement – so obviously, to me this issue seems ridiculous, as I would never fully trust Lily Allen telling me she loves Grey Goose. But, what about those who don’t work in media? And is age a factor in how likely you are to be influenced?

So, whilst writing this blog, I did a bit of a 360 and started to think that maybe there should be laws put in place to ensure promotional transparency. If we are wanting the online world to be respected/trusted as much as the offline, then maybe this is the move we need.

“@mumrablog but my sis is scared of the Internet as she’s scared of being conned. Laws, enforced, might give her confidence @aaronhuckett”

Courtesy of Bumbling Tweets

These laws would also save celebs from criticism, as I am sure that even the A-listers love a good Starbucks and fancy tweeting about it with no other agenda than to let the world know what they have just had for lunch (food tweets are, after all, my favourite).

But actually, is it hurting anyone? What a conundrum. This article seems to have raised more questions than anything else!

I would really love to hear your views on this, as many of my readers are bloggers who receive consumer products to review, which can be seen as a huge benefit of blogging – so do you feel that you have to give positive feedback?

And finally, massive thanks to Sarah and Bumbling Along, follow them here:

http://twitter.com/mumrablog

http://twitter.com/bumblingtweets

 

 

Top Five Artists…

•January 7, 2011 • 1 Comment

With the start of a New Year, and a sense that this year was going to be ‘different’ or maybe even ‘my year’, I was hoping to have a nice long, wordy article about the challenges that the PR industry are going to face in 2011.

However, as today seems to have been totally written off with client work and general day to day admin, I have about 5 minutes to write a post. You may think I should have just left this until next week and focused on the important things, but I promised you all that 2011 was going to be different – so I am going to blog no matter what happens.

So here is the break down of my top five artists, inspired by a recent trip to Tate Modern.

5. Gerhard Richter

Probably best known for his abstract work, and his minimalist pieces, I absolutely love his use of photography, and how it makes movement an art.

4. Jackson Pollock

Dripping paint over a canvass and making you feel that much emotion from random splatters – this guy definitely has to be up there!

3. Gustav Klimt

Possibly the most ‘classic’ of my fav’s – he makes the top five as I was mesmerized by his painting Kiss when flicking through my very first art book when I was a little-un!

2. Mark Rothko

My most recent purchase (obviously not an original) from the local art shop (to me Tate Modern is local) and I adore his pieces – this will be the first thing that adorns the walls of my home when I eventually enter the mortgage game.

1.  Roy Lichtenstein

Was a close call between Roy and Mark, but Pop Art is always going to be one of my absolute favourite styles of art, so I had to go with Roy. And as you may be able to see, this picture is used in the design of my blog!

… I will be back

•December 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

 

 

Look out for me in 2011, promise to start blogging again!