…if you work in OCTANE and are into tech, which I understand is a niche market, is that we scooped the CNET Networks PR Campaign of the Year last night. Unashamed self promotion, but what the hell.
It’s our first award all on our own you see (rather than basking in our mother brand’s reflected glory) so we’re understandably chuffed. We got it for the Postini campaign (on-demand communication security and compliance solutions don’t you know) which has been a ‘fantastic journey’ as they say on X-Factor.
The lovely people at CNET even let us use the logo. Look. Here it is. Proof.
Wow. I upload my first blog pic and we win an award all in one day. I think I need to go and sit down for a bit.
Filed under: Random stuff
Hmmm, not getting the hang of this regular blogging lark. And who can blame me. Especially as the top story on Sky News (yes, they actually said “today’s top story”) is the Jeremy Kyle Show headbutt.
Things wot I learnt from it:
1/ Jeremy Kyle show participants are actually people. I always thought they were actors. But people like that actually do live in Britain. You may shop next to them in Tescos. Scary.
2/ Jeremy Kyle show producers sometimes wind them up like rabid dogs before unleashing them on stage. So unless you start insulting their mother or calling them “girlfrieeeend” you should be alright.
Life changing stuff. I feel much more rounded today.
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In the whole increasingly desperate and front-page-exclusively dull Amy Winehouse debate, a lot has been said – and now by her parents and in-laws.
I’m no big fan, but I think my linkbunnies feed this morning says it best. So I will now plagiarise it shamelessly.
What good music was ever written on drugs anyway? Hmm…
It’s that day of the year where TV stations wheel out precocious little sixteen year-olds who think they know it all to gloat about their achievements and predict their obviously stellar career path over the next decade.
Yup, it’s GCSE results day in the UK. And as I cringe watching the interviews, I can only hope I wasn’t as irritatingly opinionated, overwhelmingly positive and just plain naive as they are.
Ah, the ‘optimism’ of youth.
The thing which strikes me about these results – apart from the overwhelming urge to throw my phone at the screen when a teenager starts lecturing me about the real world – is the dramatic fall in students taking modern languages.
If these young tykes were as worldly-aware as they’d like to think, surely they’d realise that globalisation is the overwhelming economic trend of our time and they’d be well advised to prepare themselves by studying Spanish or Chinese for example. But fewer of them are, despite the wider range of options open to them in this area.
The quote that really leapt out at me was this: “Fewer students are doing modern foreign languages. There is definitely a need for something which reflects the level of interest and enjoyment to be had in the subject.” And one whipper snapper just told BBC News 24 that he didn’t need languages as he didn’t want to work for the European Parlaiment! Like that’s the only place you’ll need them…
Surely the more important reason is not just fun, or a job in Brussels, but cultural awareness and preparation for the career they’ll be following in a few years time? I think it’s high time schools got more vocational in how they choose and even market subjects to students in the context of what’s going on in the world.
Or am I actually the naive one in thinking that, with business and the Internet overwhelmingly dominated by English, the need for understanding of other countries and the ability to communicate in other languages is not redundant?
Or am I just a patronising, bitter ex-modern languages student who is now being told he has a niche and less valuable degree than he thought?
Filed under: London
…number one in an occasional series.
You’re standing on the platform of Earl’s Court station, waiting for the crappy Olympia train that never comes, and you look up the stairs where a dumpy middle-aged lady is struggling with her case. A few steps up, a tall blonde stunner is looking at a tube map a little perplexed. Who does the checked-shirted foppish Fulhamite between them go to help?
Hardly a tough one. But it put me in mind of something I read earlier in the day. If you can’t be arsed to click, I’ll summarise. Newsnight’s Jeremy Vine is on a tube and sees somebody get taken apart by a big hard agressive type. He does nothing, but vows to the next time. The end.
As a response, it seems pretty lame, but we’ve all been there. I’ve had a couple of occasions on trains where I’ve sat back and let something happen because I’d rather get home/to my mate’s wedding than take a trip to hospital for corrective facial surgery. It’s not something I’m proud of but it’s also natural self-preservation when a fairly large group of upper-teenage kids (both times in my case) are involved and there’s one of you. Especially in a world where stab-proof uniforms are deemed necessary. (Ugh! I linked to the Daily Mail. I feel dirty.)
The first of these times I actually spoke up. Nobody backed me, I got full on death-glares and some substantial lip, and so I got back in my box, closed my eyes and tried to think myself to my happy place. And I didn’t make that mistake the second time.
Not sure where I’m going on this. Suffice to say that anonymity is the default setting for most of us in confrontational situations, especially where violence is a probable consequence. Mr Vine’s argument is that if one stands up others will. Well not really in my experience. It’s much easier to speak up after the event, talk about how you would have had ‘im if only you’d finished the paragraph in your book before he got off, and vow to be a better citizen next time.
I wish i could lay out ten rampaging hoodies with my silky ninja moves. But I can’t. And I hope I have the courage to step in next time I see an injustice, but I don’t guarantee it. It’s partly how i’m made, and partly how I’ve been shaped by experience.
Filed under: Random stuff
So you start a blog and then you get the busiest week you could have, your football club goes into meltdown, and you just forget about it. Which kind of defeats the object really.
Oh well. Hardly back with a bang, but I thought this was quite amusing.
Kind of begs the question really, which activity is more criminal? Nicking a wireless connection or leaving it open in the first place? Slaps on the wrists all round say I.
And who hasn’t tried to steal a bit of banwidth when they desparately needed it/wanted to check Facebook? Granted, not as blatant as sitting on the front path with a laptop (respect), but there’s not much difference really.
We did some client research recently, and about 10% of Europeans from memory steal wireless access from their neigbours. The Poles are apparently the most prolific at this. So if you live next door to one (which is entirely likely where I’m from, and especially as Mrs L is from that neck of the woods) then put a lock on it pronto.