Trying to get your brand to tap into certain subcultures’ wallets is hard at the best of times. Increasingly, brands are pushing the limits of message delivery, but Levi’s certainly couldn’t have predicted that their new advertisement featuring scenes from protests resembling the London riots would cause such a stir.
Bigoted members of British society must be speedily wringing their hands and tensely furrowing their eyebrows in anger that this has happened. While not quite the same as the Name Your Hood campaign, Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Shariah law enforcement zones have been set up.
Piers Morgan might have been speaking nonsense when he made the modest claim that all he knew of phone hacking was that someone once told him that it was possible. The embattled CNN host, who has spent a fair amount of time defending his knowledge on hacking lately, appears to have forgotten about a 2009 interview.
The younger Murdoch’s credibility was tested last week, after he told a parliamentary committee that he was not aware of evidence that eavesdropping at the News of the World went beyond a jailed rogue reporter. At least three former top executives, including a former editor, have pointed fingers back at James. What happens next is critical to his future.
Earlier this morning, 2oceansVibe reported in morning spice headlines that James Murdoch was accused of misleading British parliament about his knowledge of phone hacking at the News of the World. Two former key players at the paper issued a statement contradicting one of Murdoch’s key claims. Now Cameron wants answers. Real ones.
BBC News Magazine recently ran a feature on American words and turns of phrase which have entered into language in the UK. This prompted hundreds of responses from people who gave further examples and naturally complained about most of them. Some, in true British style, were truly scathing and really rather entertaining.
Quick on the draw, as usual, Nando’s has had a little dig at the ex real Cell C CEO. Lars Reichelt, who announced his sudden and immediate resignation this week, will return home to Switzerland to spend more time with his family. He’ll be watched though.
Anyone who has had the privilege of being at a Foo Fighters concert, actually, anyone who knows their music, will know the energy that this band has. Especially frontman Dave Grohl. On Monday night they performed at the iTunes Festival in London. Some fans had a fight and Dave was not impressed. At all. NSFW by the way.
Hugh Grant has joined the fray against the News Corp phone hacking calamity and was on hand to deliver his personal perspective of things outside the British House of Commons yesterday. He told the BBC that Margaret Thatcher was an undignified sycophant and that every prime minister since then has basically tickled Murdoch’s belly for him.
A fair portion of the smartphone market in this country belongs to BlackBerry, because unlike the rest of the world, we still pay rather exorbitant data fees to the carrier firms that run the market. And free messaging is like, so cool. Not internationally though, where BlackBerry maker, RIM, is in a serious make-or-break space.
Come on, you all know what we’re referring to in that headline. It’s just a little bribe and you’re done. In there. RICA sorted. It’s actually hardly surprising, but it deflates the high we all experienced with the relatively hassle-free event that was reported in a lot of the mainstream media.
Personally, I took Shakespeare as more of an opium den kind of a guy, but I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be the first to admit that. Anyway, a South African anthropologist from Wits University has set in motion a request to open the graves of William Shakespeare and his family to determine, among other things, what killed them.
Here, at 2oceansvibe, we are quite familiar with some of the unusual pat-downs that the American Transportation Security Association (TSA) has conducted, but this one is surely the most controversial yet. They actually said they had identified something “wet and firm” and that they needed to remove the diaper to complete their checks.
It’s bizarre enough when a person is declared dead for whatever reason, but then somehow miraculously wakes up from this death to surprise everyone. Obviously, it isn’t the kind of thing that happens very often. Now, a Russian woman has had a heart attack at her own funeral upon waking up and seeing the mourners that were attending it.
The pilot probably already knows this, but now we know too. He will have to go and warm his own chicken or beef whenever he flies now. He was having a go at flight attendants, and referred to them as a “continuous stream of gays and grannies and grandes,” according to a transcript of the March 25 flight over Texas.
This week we have seen two interesting reasons why the information bill, in its current form, needed amending. We learned of South African sniper weapons in Libya, and we have now learned of the many millions Gauteng tax payers will likely fork out for the lack of passengers using the Gautrain.
A new club that opened in Jakarta, Indonesia, this weekend, is encouraging women to be totally obedient to their husbands and focus on keeping them sexually satisfied. Predictably, the new branch of the 800-member strong organisation has generated a chorus of disapproval from activists and academics alike.
It’s not clear exactly what Amy was on when she performed in Belgrade on Saturday night, but whatever it was, it was a lot. During her 90 minute performance, Winehouse managed to mumble mostly and may have even hallucinated a few times too. The next few legs of her European tour have obviously been cancelled.
Muammar Gaddafi’s government are in contact across Europe with members of the Libyan rebel army. Earlier this week the head of the World Chess Federation, a man with direct Kremlin links, took Gaddafi on in a ‘diplomatic’ chess game. Maybe his persuasion has helped.
Men are regularly accused of disturbing other people’s sleep with the sort of loud snoring that can travel through walls and make its way around quiet suburban streets. Now a study, albeit a small one, is adding further fuel to that fire by claiming that your wife’s sleep is an important part of the key to a successful marriage.
As rebel forces march further west toward the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and Germany declares its support for the rebels, Muammar Gaddafi took on Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation in a game of chess on Sunday. What do they have in common? They’ve both been in powerful leadership positions for a long time.
The campaign against the current tabulated form of the proposed Protection of Information Bill peaked at the end of last week. The ANC finally realised how silly it might look in the long-run and joined the united push for a postponement on its signing. Desmond Tutu is now rallying us all to get behind our freedom too.
For once, news that seems to be too good to be true, actually is true. The ANC has done a little back-peddle today and called for an extension to the June 24 deadline to complete the drafting of the Protection of Information Bill. Jimmy Manyi must be beside himself at the moment.
Twitter has been ordered to hand over confidential details of five British users in what may become a landmark case for the social networking website. It is believed to be the first time the social networking site has been forced to provide details about users in the UK.
The name Storm is gender-neutral, but it’s also listed as a synonym for controversy in some dictionaries. And at just four months old, blond-haired, blue-eyed Storm and its (sic) Canadian family have opened up a debate that is getting traditionalists and liberals understandably excited.
A European government official has claimed that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is travelling between Tripoli’s hospitals at night to elude bombing raids by NATO jets. The official has said that he is doing this because he knows that the hospitals are something that the air raids will not target.
Zimbabwe’s privately owned NewsDay newspaper has said that a magistrate in Bulawayo has set a trial date for Vikas Mavhudzi, who faces a charge of posting offensive messages on Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Facebook wall, for June 10. Mavhudzi became the first person to be arrested in Zimbabwe for a Facebook post. Screenshot after the jump.
With only four days left until the final climax of Manchester United’s football season and their Champions League final clash against Barcelona at Wembley this Saturday, Fergie is expected to address the matter later today. The issue poses a huge test of Giggs’s experience and Ferguson’s ability to galvanise his squad for Saturday.