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Will Wenlock and Mandeville do the business for London 2012?

Well it’s all very clever and, based on a script by children’s author Michael Morpurgo, quite charming in the launch film. But will these two cyclops-type things do a good job in merchandising the 2012 Olympics Games in London? They’re ...

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UK’s COI to publish agency fees for government ads

Which is the last thing ad agencies need as they face up to the likely cuts the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government is likely to impose on the hitherto generous Central Office of Information, the body that handles government ad spending. ...

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Car sales drive China boom (bling’s doing OK too)

According to the Wall Street Journal’s Wealth Report a lady in China sent 30 Mercedes to the airport to pick up her $580,000 Tibetan mastiff last month. It’s not known what the other 29 were for, one unkind comment in ...

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Nestle bows to Greenpeace online campaign

More evidence of how the web is enabling pressure groups with relatively small budgets to embarrass global brands emerged today with the news that Nestle, owner of the KitKat brand, says it is to work with NGOs to investigate its ...

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How the politicians failed to get through to the voters

One of the reasons for the hung parliament produced by the general election may simply be the mediocre quality of the communications from the three parties. homework for you In past elections, slogans such as the Tories’ “Labour isn’t working” ...

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Gravity-defying Lord Bell reports record revenue at Chime

Lord Bell, Tim Bell as was in his Saatchi & Saatchi days, is that rare breed of adman who proved equally adept at doing something else. Public relations is not so different from advertising of course but the cultural divide ...

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Will the Tories really slash the UK COI’s £232m budget?

On the face of it it’s a done deal, the Tories and their putative allies the Liberal Democrats have vowed to cut the UK’s deficit – currently standing at an imposing £167bn – so shaving 20 per cent or so ...

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Boys, boys! Boulton and Campbell square up on Sky TV

Sometime or other we may have a government in the UK. In the meantime we must amuse ourselves with the antics of the broadcasters and here we have Sky political editor Adam Boulton and Tony Blair’s spinmeister Alastair Campbell (once ...

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Forget about Greece and the Eurozone, think East

Which, of course, under pressure, just about everybody in the US or Europe has been told for years, but we don’t really believe it do we? But the latest Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence survey shows that consumers are feeling pretty ...

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