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Flak to the future

In Dubai on December 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

If you spend enough time with chihuahuas in Dubai Airport’s check-in area, you can find out what mercenaries leave behind

Tomorrow I fly (I hope – this is Plan B after my BA flights both from Dubai to Heathrow and from Heathrow to Edinburgh were cancelled because of snow. Emirates to Glasgow, my Christmas is in your hands. Plan C involves a sled and some reindeer). I fly at dawn, and since it’s Christmas Eve, I don’t doubt it will be busy at the airport. And the flight could be delayed. But this time I’ll be spending my time at the airport on the checked-in side of the baggage handlers. Last week I waited in the check-in area for about four hours. Read the rest of this entry »

Mike Tindall, Mark Tindall; same difference, no?

In Journalism on December 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm

The latest royal engagement reminds me why I’m not a tabloid sub. (And it’s not because I didn’t want to be.)

Mike Tindall is going to marry Zara Phillips in another royal wedding.

I might have been subbing a story about their approaching nuptials for the Mirror if it hadn’t been for, well, Mike Tindall. Read the rest of this entry »

Swim free, little terrapigs

In Dubai on December 20, 2010 at 12:21 am

Freeing my terrapins into the Media City pond is a sad end to a long relationship. But hopefully it’s for the best.

Today I set my three terrapins free in the Dubai Media City pond. I had been meaning to do it last night, but I had a moment of realisation that, while I didn’t want to be stopped from liberating them or disturbed when I was saying what was bound to be an emotional goodbye after four years, it would have been unnecessarily bewildering for them for me to set them free in darkness. Read the rest of this entry »

The Media and Marketing Show jumps shark

In Advertising, Dubai, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Photography on December 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

With a display of books by the founder of Scientology, and a cowboy on his way to the tallest building in the world, the 2010 Media and Marketing Show has moved away from its roots.

Last week saw the Media and Marketing Show in Dubai. It was heralded, as usual, by press releases claiming record-breaking numbers of exhibitors, which stand up to very little scrutiny when compared to last year’s figures, and those of the year before. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Forbes help brands do the write thing?

In Advertising, Digital, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Public relations on December 10, 2010 at 12:53 am

If Forbes is letting bloggers pay to write under its name, should we embrace this and let brands learn to engage rather than preach and plug?

I managed to run 10km today. But that’s beside the point. Except that it was on the way back from this run that I was listening to an Ad Age podcast that talked about how Forbes is selling its name to bloggers (you can read the article the podcast was discussing here). Read the rest of this entry »