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Posted by Tim Ireland at April 13, 2006

Category: Consume!

The Times – Drugs companies ‘inventing diseases to boost their profits’: Pharmaceutical companies are systematically creating diseases in order to sell more of their products, turning healthy people into patients and placing many at risk of harm, a special edition of a leading medical journal claims today. The practice of “diseasemongering” by the drug industry is promoting non-existent illnesses or exaggerating minor ones for the sake of profits, according to a set of essays published by the open-access journal Public Library of Science Medicine.

UPDATE – Somewhat related video. (In the first verse, at least…)

Posted by Tim Ireland at March 24, 2006

Category: Consume!

All those not going over the top should be submitting a story or project about sofas.

To answer a question that’s now been asked twice: I’m not on the judging panel, and the Terms & Conditions only stop two Friends of Bloggerheads from entering (those who helped to build the back-end and are therefore closely associated with the project).

Get writing, get shooting, get blogging.

Cheers all.

(Alternatively, you could spend the rest of the day playing the incredibly popular game Don’t Shoot The Puppy, which fell off its host yesterday, but is now mirrored here.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at January 5, 2006

Category: Consume!

Take Charles Kennedy, a knife, George Galloway and a wine bottle… and make up your own ending.

I’ll be over in the corner, with my head in my hands. Slowly rocking back and forth.

(Hell, I was only thinking just this afternoon that what we needed right now was a bloody good sideshow.)

UPDATE – Chicken Yoghurt – Let’s play house

UPDATE – If you were watching, you may recall non-celebrity Chantelle being disappointed to learn that she was not allowed to impersonate an *existing* celebrity. Here’s why Big Brother thought it necessary to stipulate this condition. (Another one here.)

UPDATE – How did I find that? Well, I started here, at the page of the world’s most convincing Charles Kennedy impersonator.

Posted by Tim Ireland at December 14, 2005

Category: Consume!

No-one wants the mobile phone number of a hot Page 3 lesbian. Oh well. If she’s smart, she’ll have disconnected the thing by now, anyway.

Posted by Tim Ireland at October 3, 2005

Category: Consume!

Via Britblog Roundup # 33: – On Cillit Bang and a new low for marketers…

I came across one of these comments on Friday, but tracked the IP back to a company by the name of Southern Pacific Mortgage Limited, filed the matter under ‘bored office jerk’ and left it at that… but some of what Tom has heard from Reckitt Benckiser is revealing to say the least.

Right now, I’m watching and waiting to see what Monday morning brings, but the words ‘raging cow’ do keep ringing through my mind.

While we all wait for telltale fallout, you may want to check out reactions from those who do think it’s a misguided marketing exercise. (Warning: these comments are sure to be cleaned up sometime this morning.)

UPDATE – Two other blogs showing ‘Barry Scott’ on the loose:

UPDATE – Comments were deleted en masse at 9:30am and again at 1:30pm. It wasn’t until 2pm that they worked out how to turn on comment previews. The site now informs us that ‘comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them’. Backword Dave (who has a rundown of some pre-deletion comments here) said it best: What a great idea. Troll real blogs with phoney comments, and delete real comments from your phoney blog.

UPDATE – “We would like to apologise for something that’s not our fault.” Huh? What?

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 28, 2005

Category: Consume!

You must buy a skull-shirt and you must do it now.

Posted by Tim Ireland at July 8, 2005

Category: Consume!

Where are the enterprising chaps from now that we really need them?

Posted by Tim Ireland at July 6, 2005

Category: Consume!

Those who know me well will know of my great love for sport, so my unbridled joy that the Olympics are coming to town will not surprise you.

(Yay. Hooray. Watch me jump up and down with glee. But not too high, mind. I want to save something for 2012.)

It’s also pleasing to think of how important it will be to improve security – say, by the introduction of ID Cards – well in advance of this glorious event.

UPDATE – Image posted to B3ta.

Posted by Tim Ireland at July 6, 2005

Category: Consume!

Introducing The G8 Justice League.

Posted by Tim Ireland at July 5, 2005

Category: Consume!

Live 8 and the 2003 anti-war rallyI saw this aerial shot of the Live8 concert in Hyde Park last Saturday and it got me a-thinking.

I poked around for an aerial shot of the rally following the protest march against the Iraq war from 15 Feb 2003. The best one I could find was here.

Smaller versions of both pictures appear to your right. If you take a look at the lower-left of the Live8 picture, you’ll see a distinctive intersection. That same intersection appears in the middle-right of the protest picture.

In the Live8 picture, the north-eastern corner of Hyde Park provides a second reference point and provision of scale.

In the picture of the anti-war rally, the second reference point and provision of scale comes via the two pathways converging at another intersection at the edge of the lake.

I used these reference points to take these two shots and map them out on top of an aerial photo of Hyde Park. There is some overlap of structures, but it’s the crowds we’re interested in.

Live 8 compared to the 2003 anti-war rallyThe crowd numbers at Live8 were pretty much static, and estimated to be around the 250,000 mark.

Estimates for crowd numbers for protest march in London on Feb 2005 range from 750,000 to 1.5 million, but not everyone who went on the march stayed for the rally (many went home or staged further protests in central London and at the US Embassy). At the rally itself, speeches began at around 2pm and continued well past 4, and the crowd began to dwindle significantly after 4pm, but I think it’s fair to assume that this photo was taken sometime during this two-hour period.

When mapped out for visual comparison, the anti-war crowd appears to outnumber the pop-concert crowd by 3-2.

In other words, 375,000 to 250,000.

One crowd came to see U2, Madonna, REM, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Maria Carey, Pink Floyd, Sting, Dido, Coldplay… and Ms. Dynamite.

The other came to protest and stayed to see Charles Kennedy, Tony Benn, Mo Mowlam, George Galloway, Harold Pinter, Ken Livingstone… and Ms. Dynamite.

The result of the latter gathering beyond lip-service? Sweet bugger all.

Chances of Geldof getting a million people off their arses and into Edinburgh and having this ‘historic mandate’ make any kind of difference beyond yet more lip-service? Sweet. Bugger. All.

UPDATE – Steve Punt – 20 years ago, I just wanted a loo break: There is one other big difference. In 1985 Thatcherism was in its pomp. Live Aid felt subversive – the young had taken matters in their own hands, and the government were wrong-footed. In 2005, we all know Blair and Brown, would like to make a gesture to Africa. We also know that more than a million people went to Hyde Park two years ago to say No to invading Iraq, and Blair took no notice whatsoever. And if George Bush can ignore global warming, he can ignore Keane, Robbie Williams and bloody Dido.


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