A Blog by Mr P A Rhodes
- Name: Paul Rhodes
- Location: London, United Kingdom
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Picture the scene. You are the advertising agency looking after Young's, producers of fishy products and (apparently) the inventors of Scampi. Some thrusting Young's executive wants to cash in on the latest Bird Flu scare and get the public eating scampi for Christmas lunch. There's a slogain: "Young's. Make fish the dish of Christmas Day." Do you: (a) suggest that it probably isn't going to be a PR or commercial triumph; or (b) agree - but then print the slogan in the *smallest possible* type in the corner of the poster? Meanwhile, perhaps you're busy working out just why anyone is supposed to care that Beechams All In One has "3 TIMES more active ingredients than Paracetamol" (and just to be clear, it "Contains 3 x the nube of actives"). Or if anyone will notice that the bloke in the photo appears to have dislocated his elbow fairly seriously, if that's really supposed to be his hand. In other news, I understand orange and pineapple squash has *2 times* more flavours than orange squash. Tum te tum.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Hello, I'm a potential customer!
Look away now if I've already bored you about this one by email. Actually, that's probably everyone who might ever read this, isn't it? Anyway, I ought to try to train myself to use this thing so here it is again: Apple are, famously, running some ads comparing Macs and PCs. The new UK versions that have just started star comedians Mitchell and Webb. The ads, with their "I'm a Mac and I'm much cooler and funner" theme, are presumably targeting the less technically savvy PC users. So, I hope my experience of actually trying to see the ads isn't typical...
- There's one of those Mitchell & Webb Mac ads that I keep hearing about. Perhaps I'll follow this "see all the ads" link to see the rest of them...
- "Quicktime 7 is required". Which version have I got? Let's check... start the player... No, I still don't want to upgrade to QuickTime Player Pro, thank you very much, I just want to see your funny ad.
- OK, this is Quicktime 6.5.2. It's probably got an Update option...yes! No: "Your QuickTime Software is up to date".
- Maybe it'll work anyway. Apple stuff "Just Works" - it says so just below the player box. And it is now playing the ad soundtrack... but without any pictures.
- The "Quicktime" tab at the top of Apple's UK web site gives me a "page not found error". [subsequently they seem to have fixed this]
- So, login as admin, find and install Quicktime 7 (painless enough), and back to Apple's site to watch the ads. It defaults to the US site so now it's the bloke from The Daily Show. Also, the picture keeps breaking up in bizarre ways that give the characters unpleasant facial deformities.
- OK, found the English versions. Hmmm...
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
How not to move a harpsichord - a problem in logic
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
It's ten years today since my father died. Not something to dwell on particularly, but to mark the anniversary in a small way we visited the Courtauld Gallery. Highlights included Cranach's Desperate Housewives and Raoul Dufy's Blue Peter Design a Mural Competition Winner, 1906. And some nice Cézanne and Kandinsky. National security of course precludes disclosure of the incident involving my father, Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, the spy Anthony Blunt, and some Michelangelo drawings. At least until Dan Brown offers the family a large sum for the book rights.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I have created a blog because it is The Law that anyone on the Internet over a certain age must have one (under a certain age, you must still have one, but it's on myspace and uses colour, sound and imagery to prevent anyone over a certain age from reading it). I don't actually have anything to say, though. Ho hum.