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I recently bought a dove shower-gel miniature on the sole grounds  that it was cute.

As veteran readers of this blog may remember, I (lol) am rather fond of things that play with scale.

My sister sent me this today – three tiny films from Rushes that show off their CGI skills.

They are short, sweet and reminiscent of Slinkachu (if his people could walk and talk, that is).

Watch them here:




A nice innovation from Corona just in time for Summer




Happy Poetry Day World

In honour of this very important day, a clever wordsmith has put last year’s news stories into a poetry anthology.

Read all about it here


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Spread the love this Valentines Day not with an Elizabethan Sonnet, but with one of these…

Hugh Grant, on a greetings card:

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Or any one of these emotionally repressed valentines cards for us Brits here.


Conversely, you could go for one of  these much less uptight chappies:



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From the pure poetry that is - (thanks Martin H for discovering them)


Finally there’s always this miserable bugger, guaranteed to have your beloved falling at your feet in a collapsed heap of undying adoration.


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From Mister Bob Brian


Fresh off the back of these hugely cynical could-be-christmas cards by Mister Bob Brian, I thought I’d do another really joyful post to end the year with!

My new favourite wordsmith is the poet Wendy Cope. One of her most beautiful pieces of work is this, in my opinion, which I first read on a tube card panel. If you don’t know her work already, I implore you to look it up!

She has also written two really rather wonderful poems about Christmas.

If you’re someone who loves Christmas, you might want to look away now.

If on the other hand, you’re someone who has a somewhat dysfunctional family unit, you might appreciate the dark sentiment behind this one.

I personally think it’s a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.

Either way, merry Christmas one and all!


A Christmas Song

Why is the baby crying

On this, his special day,

When we have brought him lovely gifts

And laid them on the hay?


He’s crying for the people

Who greet this day with dread

Because somebody dear to them

Is far away or dead,


For all the men and women

Whose love affairs went wrong,

Who try their best at merriment

When Christmas comes along


For separated parents

Whose turn it is to grieve

While children hang their stockings up

Elsewhere on Christmas Eve,


For everyone whose burden,

Carried throughout the year,

Is heavier at Christmastime,

The season of good cheer.


That’s why the baby’s crying

There in the cattle stall:

He’s crying for those people.

He’s crying for them all.


Like I said, it’s not the chirpiest!

Next up, there’s this UTTER GEM.

I’m not – but it made me laugh out loud. So true!


A Christmas Poem

At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle,
The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle
And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle
And the whole business is unbelievably dreadful, if you’re single.

By Wendy Cope





We dearly love the artist Rob Ryan. We really do. Truth be told, I (Lol) find his stuff so moving and unabashedly sentimental that I’ve been known to weep when faced with too many of his beautiful paper-cut poems at one time. In fact, a friend once had to actually extract me from Ryantown because it was all so romantic and whimsical that I thought I was going to pop.

That said, in recent years, it’s possible to think that he’s become a little bit overexposed. His ubiquitous romantic paper-cuts are on every tea-towel, mug and lunchbox going - well, in my house anyway.

So, with the season of goodwill and cheer upon us, some friends and I got to thinking what MisterRob’s work would look like if you sprinkled a bit of um, realism over it…

Which is how we ended up with this curmudgeonly old bastard, Mister Bob Brian.

Illustrated by Graeme McGregor, with words by Danni Emery, Lauren Taylor and yours truly, we bring you this loving pastiche…papercuts from a world that’s glass half empty.

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See more where that came from at (again, done with love!)




Nat and I have blogged about amazing CVs before. But this is a truly brilliant one, if you’ve not had a play on it already.

Thanks @Ollywood for spotting it.

Hope it gets him lots and lots of work. ‘Til it’s Game Over, that is.




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At last, we’ve found Don Draper’s First Portfolio (#DonsFirstFolio)

Congratulations to Drew Haselhurst and Dan Dehlavi. They blew us away with an entire book of ads that could quite feasibly have been written by the hand of a young, wide-eyed Don Draper.

Their ads will now live forever in Don Draper’s page in our ‘utterly tremendous’ * site which in time will also be archived at the wonderful History of Advertising Trust.

Dan and Drew beat hundreds of other entries to win a placement at BMB. Well done guys. Looking forward to having you here.

Here’s a selection of their ads, written while ‘in character’ as Don. 


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You can see the rest of Don’sFirstFolio, and the work of the runners up here.

Overall, we were chuffed with how many of the entries drew on the art direction styles and erm, attitudes, of the MadMen era.

Thank you to everyone that entered. Hope you enjoy looking at the work – it made us laugh a lot.




* Itsnicethat’s words, not ours

Win a placement at BMB competition – Deadline extended till Monday.

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Thank you for all the Don Draper entries so far. They are very entertaining.

We’ve decided to extend the deadline till Monday at 18.00 so if you’re yet to enter and fancy a placement at BMB have a think over the weekend.

If you need some stimulus have a look at this.

We’ll be announcing the winner of the placement mid next week.

Good luck!

PS. The placement will be from Monday 9th September to 4th October.


Out of all the books we rounded up for our site, there was one Creative Director whose portfolio we just couldn’t track down, no matter how hard we looked.

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But it did get us thinking about the kind of campaigns he might have had in it.

So, we’re setting a brief to all up and coming creative teams around the world:

Write a spec campaign that you imagine could have been in Don Draper’s first ever portfolio. 

The work will be judged by Jon Hamm himself*

The best campaigns will be forever enshrined within Don Draper’s portfolio (along with links to the creative teams’ own portfolios), but the best campaign overall will also win a months placement at BMB London for the creative/creative team who wrote it.

If you’d like to enter, please send scamps or designs to by Friday 30th August 2013.



*The 4 week placement will be from 9th September to 4th October 2013

* This may well be fictional




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