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The Blagger's Blog 5th August 2011

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Worth the paper it’s printed on?
Last week there were…
…137 articles on the marriage of Zara Phillips to rugby star Mike Tindall, but just 7 on the death of Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, a BBC journalist killed by insurgents in Afghanistan…
… 7 stories appeared on L’Oreal’s airbrushing of adverts featuring prominent celebrities like Julia Roberts, and the subsequent withdrawal of said commercials, while Poland’s Defence Minister resigned following a report into the fatal air crash that killed President Kaczynski and only 3 pieces ran…
… and finally David Beckham launched an underwear range and 14 articles were published, but an Iranian nuclear scientist was shot dead in Tehran and no more than 5 stories appeared.

(Source: Journalisted)
Weekly high:
Next month Andre Ovredal’s much hyped monster movie Troll Hunter arrives. As the build up grows Momentum Pictures, the folks behind the film’s UK cinema push, posted this advert on The Guardian job pages, apparently looking for Troll Hunters in the London area. Yes, there is a link to the official website. No, there’s no company Land Rover.

Weekly low:
Blackburn Rovers may have fallen from prominence since they lifted the Premiership title back in the glory days of Shearer and Sutton. Unfortunately this rather painful advert for the club’s new owner, Indian chicken specialist Vengy’s, will only help thrust them back into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Half time meat snack, anyone?

Battle of the Tweets: Manchester vs London vs New Delhi
Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 4/8/2011)

#mufc #f1

#mcfc #bbcf1

#stayonyourfeet #reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend

#dragonsden #manchester

#key103live #wembley

Unsurprisingly football is making a big impression on Manchester’s Tweeting types, what with the season kicking off imminently, though not before United take on City in this Saturday’s Charity Shield at #wembley. Dragon’s Den is back on the BBC too, which while being a popular series in most localities means something more here as it’s filmed in town.

One to watch: ukmarketinghelp (UK Marketing Help – Marketing Trainers & Experts; 11,264 followers / 5,930 updates)

Top London #tags (seven days to 4/8/2011)

#dearyoungself #thereisalwaysonperson

#omgsoepic #mufc

#dragonsden #f1

#ose #eastenders

Londoners had decidedly less to write home about compared with their northern counterparts when the Premier League called time in May. Despite every team in the capital finishing up empty handed though this weekend’s charitable match up is still a talking point for anyone partial to the sport. Apart from that various ‘comedy conversations’ are trending, we’ll leave it at that.

One to watch: grattongirl (Sarah-Jayne Gratton – TV presenter, producer, author; 62,438 followers / 37,956 updates)

Top New Delhi #tags (seven days to 4/8/2011)

#funnyfacts #truetweet

#nollywoodhastaughtem #saveit

#cricket #dearyoungself

#trentbridge #slutwalk

#indvseng #funnyfac


One major contest the UK has overlooked in its 140 character bursts is England and India’s test match which continues to entertain. There’s also a #slutwalk taking place this weekend designed to change attitudes towards the country’s women who are increasingly subject to prejudice and bigotry based on what they wear, just in case another tag caught your eye.

One to watch: fakingnews (Faking News – English language Indian news satire website; 42,542 followers / 8,026 updates)

That was The Blagger’s Blog, a selection of statements, statistics and noteworthy newsies from across the media and social world, amalgamated, allowing the time-starved professional to start a conversation from thin air.
If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email [email protected] or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!

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