Friday, December 29, 2006

Save Screech's house!

Apologies for not making a post for a while, I'm blaming it on Christmas and all that jazz and definitely not on laziness from my part! Anyway, whilst being caught up in the 'christmas rush' I was watching Hollwood TV (for academic purposes only of course...) and came across a feature on Screech from Saved by the Bell. Talk about a blast from the past! Screech Powers, played by Dustin Diamond (what a name, surely with a name that like you're destined to be famous?) was in Saved by the Bell which when I was growing up was one of THE greatest shows. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of Saved by the Bell, it was about a group of school kids in America. There was the jock, the cheerleader, the cool and mischievious kid, the clever one, the fashionable yet slightly bitchy one and the geeky one. Screech was the geeky one. Anyway, back to my main point... On this TV programme, Screech or rather Dustin was explaining how he got himself into a bit of a pickle (I'm keeping it short and sweet so as not to bore you) and had to pay $250,000 for his house within 30 days. He came up with the idea of selling T-Shirts but he called them D-Shirts (see what he did there?)to save his house. People bought the $15 shirts in their thousands and sure enough his house was saved. To be honest, if I was not a poor student, I would probably have bought one too just to say that I helped save Screech's house! Am I sounding sad?! Hmmm anyway let me know if anyone is richer than me and decides to buy one! The whole concept of buying t-shirts from a guy who we used to watch, and love on tv just made me laugh and I thought I should share it! The site is quite amusing and as I said, if only I was not a poor student!!

It also got me thinking though about child prodigies and how they often go off the rails or get themselves into a bit of a mess. Britney who sprung to fame at 15 got hitched in Vegas and then divorced within hours and is now going through divorce number 2. Drew Barrymore was a child star (ET) who discovered drink and drugs in her teens although luckily seems now to be on track. Did Dustin not have anyone older or wiser guiding him on how to spend or rather save his pennies? It made me laugh that on this site for saving Screech's house, he refers to himself as a "famous celebrity"... yes so famous that he can't afford to save his house.... no further comment. I also found out a little more about Dustin Diamond - he has made a sex tape (not one that I watched I might add or ever have any intention of watching. He scares me a little with clothes on so off would be a nightmare for me!) But, then again hasn't everyone in the celeb world made a sex tape? One night in Paris springs to mind, Britney's in on the game and even Imogen from BB7 (Does she count as a celebrity?!) Do these people really think that when they break up with their partners from that time that they won't decide to cash in on their fun and frolics? You'd have thought that each would have learnt from one another but apparently not! It does make you wonder if they do it because they want the attention. My aim of this posting was, funnily enough, NOT to talk about sex tapes and so I think this is a fine time to bid you farewell and hope that I have not tarnished my name in anyway or associated myself with a sex tape... oh what have I done?!

*** Please note there are no links to any of the tapes!!!

As usual let me know your thoughts! :)

Friday, December 08, 2006

Hmmm... I'm not convinced

I came across this and thought it was quite in keeping with my blog. But as my title suggests, I'm not convinced about my look-a-likes! I think it's more a wish that I looked like Jessica Simpson that a reality. I can't help but think though that your look-a-likes depends quite a lot on which direction you're looking in your picture! It's just a bit of harmless fun and an ego boost so try it out! Let me know who you all look like!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

A good bit of PR!

As you know, I'm a PR student. Over the weekend I was flicking through a newspaper when I came across PR heaven. Imagine... There's a vacancy in your company, you advertise for someone to recruit, you flick through all the applications then suddenly a familiar name pops up... Kate Middleton. Heard of her? Well I certainly have and I know that Jigsaw (the company in question) had too. So, what does this company do? Give her the job of course! For those of you who have no idea what I'm banging on about, I'll explain. Kate Middleton is the girlfriend of Prince William and, according to many newspapers the inevitable future wife of Prince William. She's a very attractive girl who appears to be squeaky clean and liked by William's grandmother (always a help when she happens to be the Queen!) Anyway, Kate has landed herself a job with Jigsaw as their accessory buyer. Haven't Jigsaw done well! Over the weekend alone I saw this story in at least three newspapers. This is publicity that Jigsaw would never have otherwise achieved had they employed Jane from down the road and what a way to get people into the store looking at their accessories. I for one will probably have a browse just to see if our possible future Queen has good taste or not, or maybe take a few hints on what I should be accessorising with to blag myself a prince!

All this got me thinking though... My perfect job would be what she is doing. I own 25 belts, 19 handbags and too many shoes to put my mind to so I think I qualify as being 'interested' in accessories. Kate did a history of art degree at St Andrews in Scotland so could someone please inform me as to how this relates to accessories or even fashion in any way?! My cinical side is popping up to say hello yet it comes... Could she have landed the job because... shock horror... she's famous? Could it be she has connection with the owners of Jigsaw? I think this could be a positive. However, I'm not saying that I think she'll be rubbish in her new job because just to look at her you can see that she's gorgeous and isn't short of a sense of style so I think she'll be good. It just leaves me questioning, what if. What if Jane down the road had a first class degree in accessory buying and was up against Ms Middleton for this job. Who do you think would have got it? I no who I think and I'm sorry to say that I don't think it would have been our Jane!

While on I'm on the subject of PR, another story that caught my eye over the weekend was that to do with Threshers. Threshers had sent out an EMAIL yes an EMAIL with 40% off vouchers attached that basically all you needed to do was print off the vouchers and then use them in any of their stores. Is there really a marketing department out there capable of coming up with such a bad idea? If there is they need to be sacked! The story goes... Threshers come up with an idea to send this email out to a 'selected few', who were suppliers, and they say on the email that this can be forwarded to family and friends. Did they really not think that these family and friends would forward it to their family and friends who would forward it to theirs and then to theirs etc etc until it ends up all over England and even as a link from a comment left on one of my postings?! Had I been in that meeting, I certainly would have pointed out the flaw in this plan. But, is it really a flaw? Or is it clever PR and marketing at work? Let's assess the situation... It's nearly Christmas and new year, people need to get the wine and champers in, where are they going to go? Maybe Asda, maybe Morrissons, maybe the off license down the road or maybe Threshers because they have a 40% off voucher! By getting people in their door, Threshers are stopping people from going to their competitors to buy their booze. Does anyone know if Threshers have upped their usual prices to make 40% still seem like a great deal? I read a quote from Threshers saying that £100 bottles of champagne were in the deal and that they could not be bought for £60... personally if this was an error, I would have thought that they'd be keeping schtum about that! Granted 40% off is a lot and it could be possible that this was a genuine error by Threshers, or rather they are a victim of their own success. Figures will be out shortly to determine whether or not this was a disaster for the chain but my guess is that they'll make a profit and people will be impressed with their generosity and consider shopping there for their alcohol again in the future. They've generated themselves a lot of press coverage and didn't even need a celeb on the way! Please leave your thoughts!