Caution: Â Austrlia Â (so… language!). Â Fun starts at 1:22
Caution: Â Austrlia Â (so… language!). Â Fun starts at 1:22
Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?
Grand Central Station in NYC is radioactive. (source)
A blast from the recent past: Â X Factor Internet Party
Remarkable similarity. Â Both of these judges also upset a lot of people, and they were also kicked out.
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The Guardian has done a hit job on Lynton Crosby but they have given him the most awesome job description.
It would be easy then for David Cameron to give up on Mr Crosby and his promise of good polls ahead; except, he canâ€™t. Lynton Crosby is his Designated Bastard, the man his party has paid fistfuls of money to order all of them about and get them to do whatever it takes to win. Itâ€™s the stuff of tradition for Tory governments to get in an expensive Designated Bastard at election time; itâ€™s the line of life, a cycle of comfort. The Designated Bastard arrives, tells them not to be pussies, puts up posters about Labourâ€™s tax bombshells, flashes up cartoons of the Labour leader in the pocket of someone, or being the poodle of someone, sitting on someoneâ€™s lap, wearing someoneâ€™s hair, or being stuck up someoneâ€™s arse.
Usually, the party pays devoted attention to the Designated Bastard. First, because heâ€™s so expensive but really because heâ€™s such a Bastard. He gets them to do things theyâ€™ve spent the past five years being ordered not to under any circumstances. For five years, theyâ€™ve been clenching their teeth and talking about partnership and coalition. Theyâ€™ve been pushing Big Societies and feeling everyoneâ€™s pain by sobbing that weâ€™re all in it together. Â Â Read more »
Rachel Glucina tells a few home truths about Campbell Live, John Campbell and those seeking to beatify him.
Campbell can evidently see the writing on the wall. He has engaged media lawyer Linda Clark to fight his cause. And supporters have launched a PR campaign taking to Twitter with a barrage of hyperbole and excuses.
Here are a few of the over-reactions:
â€˘ John Campbell is irreplaceable.
â€˘ John Key is in MediaWorks’ ear and behind the show’s demise because it holds the government to account.
â€˘ Campbell Live is the only one doing serious journalism.
â€˘ Its exit will signal the death of hard-hitting news, public interest and political accountability.
No. No. No. And no.
There are 20 quality current affairs shows out there, not including Seven Sharp. John Campbell is not the be all and end all…actually he will probably be the end all.
The truth, of course, can be a bitter pill to swallow. Low ratings and commercial reality is what’s at stake. Retaining viewers and growing advertising revenue is core.
The show has been hemorrhaging viewers and ratings for years. Addressing why audiences are tuning out may be difficult for Campbell when his name is on the door. No one likes to lose a popularity competition, and let’s face it, that’s what prime time is.
He’s had ten years of coming second…let’s face it isn’t going to change.
Campbell, I understand, has refused to accept internal suggestions that the show needs to adapt and develop to meet the changing face of media.
Suggestions that he should have a female co-host were strongly rebuffed.
Word has it he rejected a 3 year deal, preferring martyrdom and possible saint-hood instead.
Superficial alterations were made to the programme earlier this year. Campbell Live got a new logo; its host a three-piece suit and gimmicky facial hair.
But that didn’t put a band-aid over the sore, let alone find a legitimate solution to a systemic problem. Viewers are fleeing and how do we keep them? Grow a goatee.
If the behemoth that is TVNZ could adapt and meet the challenges of retaining viewers at 7 o’clock, then what’s stopping TV3?
Campbell Live, which recently celebrated 10 years on air, has long struggled in the ratings competition against counterpart Seven Sharp. And TV3 knows if it’s not winning at 7pm, viewing numbers for the rest of the night will be affected.
The bottom line is people are digesting news differently. No longer are audiences prepared to sit down for a 90-minute hard news marathon. News divisions around the world have had to repackage content in a more engaging way at prime time.
Since news the television current affairs show may be axed, ratings have jumped for Campbell Live.
A crueler tongue than mine likened it to knowing that you are dying and having your funeral early to see who will turn out. Of course it’s a capacity crowd. How long that crowd gathers at the wake and sheds a tear is another thing.
Campbell, a former share trader, was little amused at comments made by John Key, a former broker, who declared last week he has little sympathy for a programme on a private station that needs to net commercial returns for shareholders.
Key branded it an “entertainment” show which got Campbell’s Y-fronts in a knot.
Campbell retaliated on air like an insolent child – he played Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You in the opening credits of his show, and signed off: “I hope we entertained you”.
Let’s hope the Campbell Live fracas has not turned into an ego platform for a man who couldn’t see the writing on the wall early enough.
The ratings boost won’t last…the luvvies will have moved on to rage about something as equally insignificant as a pompous, sanctimonious twat called John Campbell.
– NZ Herald
The other day we called the chuggers from Coromandel highway robbers and it turns out we were right…and the media has picked up on our call.
A small-town group’s roadside fundraising methods have been labelled “aggressive” by authorities, with commentators even calling the stint highway robbery.
Coromandel group KoputauakiÂ CombinedÂ CommunityÂ Centre carried out illegal fundraising after they stopped cars on an open road and asked for gold coin donations.
People from the centre set up traffic cones on a 100km/h stretch of Colville Rd, north of Coromandel town, over the weekend and reportedly asked motorists to donate a gold coin before they were allowed through to continue their journey.
Thames Coromandel District Council said the activities breached a council bylaw, and that council had spoken to its lawyers about the breach.
Council’s Thames area manager, Greg Hampton, said the centre did not apply for a permit for the fundraising, so had breached a bylaw. A permit is required under the Public Places Bylaw, and the group also should have submitted a traffic management plan, Hampton said.
Hampton could not confirm whether council was considering legal action.
“We haven’t really discussed that yet, and we haven’t had an official complaint.”
Controversial blogger Cameron Slater weighed in on the debate, stating on his Whale Oil blog that the activities were “highway robbery”.
“Imagine this sort of carry-on popping up all over the place?Â This needs to be stamped out, and stamped out hard.”