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Hooray, someone’s finally done something with the Out-of-Office media space

Ever since this, we have dreamed of making something that plays on the Out of Office message media space to all its smug potential, but we’ve never quite found the right brand to do it for…

Happily Antidote have just done it for Travel Republic, and it’s simple and marvellous:

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Read them all here:

https://www.travelrepublic.co.uk/getoutofoffice/

Win a place at the School of Communication Arts, with The Dan Wallace Scholarship

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Here at BMB we work with a very talented team from the School of Communication Arts called Martin and Olly.

In the year above them at school, there was a wildly talented, energetic and madly passionate kid, Daniel Wallace. Sadly, last year, Dan lost his fist-fight with cancer.

In his memory, the school has named a scholarship after him. http://www.danwallacescholarship.com/

There’s a very moving tribute here.

So if you know anyone that would like to apply, or could help promote the scholarship, please share this.

 

What’s the best way to get a placement? Sell yourself.

We love it when creative teams do clever things to PR themselves.

Of course, having a brilliant book is the main thing. But thinking of a fresh way to get yourself noticed is the holy grail. 

After two years Nat and I are hanging up our placement scout-caps and handing the job over to the brilliant Martin and Olly. So we thought we’d do a little tribute to some of the best things we’ve seen over the last two years.

Rob & Joe’s taxonomy of agency names - we gave them a placement off the back of it. They’re great, get them in!

Richard & Jolyon’s tube map of agencies - awesome team, spoken for now though.

Will & Yury’s The Papal Headhunters - (I also love the bit of Italian they snuck in at the end)

Andy & Polly’s Valentines Cards for Creatives - just brilliant.

An oldie but a goodie – Nat’s ‘toilet reading’ - So called because they snuck into Peter Souter’s loo whilst they were face-painting at his children’s birthday party. It won Nat and Danni (her then partner) a placement at AMV in 2002.

And last week, this landed on our desk, from a junior creative in Belgium.  Brain Juice scan Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 5.17.12 PM Screen Shot 2014-05-08 at 5.17.19 PM
We’ll leave you with this though. An inspiring little movie about not giving up. Made by most the recent team we got in, who’ve just been hired. Congrats to Rachel Miles and Michael Tsim!

 

The Original and Best Copywriter

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(Via Irene Hoffman)

 

A tiny url

 

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: http://vimeo.com/89289579

 

 

 

A nice innovation from Corona just in time for Summer

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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

#WorldPoetryDay

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THREE ROMANTIC WAYS TO SAY ‘IT’ THIS VALENTINES DAY

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 pornhubcommentsonvalentines.com - (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

NOT TO COME OVER ALL BAH-HUMBUG, BUT

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

 

 

IF ROB RYAN HAD AN EVIL TWIN… MEET MISTER BOB BRIAN

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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 misterbobbrian.tumblr.com (again, done with love!)

 

 

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