David Beckham retires from football– but his global marketability remains the same
Beckham, who has played football in England, Spain, Italy, America and France, last week became the first English player to have won four domestic titles in four different countries. He bows out of the game having achieved 19 major trophies including 10 league titles and scoring or providing assists in more than half of his 534 top-flight games.
Academy award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested last month after police stopped the car her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was driving to give him a sobriety test. Witherspoon wouldn’t stay in the car when asked to do so by the officer and was given a disorderly conduct charge. Continue reading →
In the US, the Obama administration has just introduced something called sequestration. These are actually mandatory spending cuts – what the Europeans call austerity measures but somehow it sounds a rather less painful practice than that short sharp word ‘cuts’. (Btw, austerity to the Germans has very positive connotations of good standards of fiscal discipline, austerity measures are very acceptable in Germany!) Continue reading →
President Ahmadinejad Photo credit: Daniella Zalcman
After the Iranian space agency ‘apparently’ sent a monkey into space, one man has put himself forward as the Middle East’s Neil Armstrong, with current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad volunteering himself as the country’s first human astronaut. Continue reading →
As one of the best-selling artists of all time, Beyoncé is certainly the mistress of her own image.
Having sold over 75 million records worldwide, won 16 Grammy awards, launched her own fashion line, married one of the most financially successful hip-hop artists and entrepreneurs in America, and recently given birth to their first child (for which the couple lost their bid to trademark, yes, trademark her name) surely nothing can go wrong for Queen B? Continue reading →
Quentin Tarantino, the Hollywood director known for his violent – and popular – movies, launched into nothing short of a melt-down last week, when questioned by Channel Four News presenter, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, over whether there is any link between movie violence and real life violence. Tarantino flew off the handle, bounding, wide-eyed and clammy from one PR blunder to the next. Continue reading →
Losing your temper is rarely a recipe for PR success but, as in the case of radio host Alex Jones, blowing off steam can really damage the credence given to your side of the story.
Following Piers Morgan’s (host of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight) less-than-even-handed labelling of gun advocate Larry Prattas an “incredibly stupid man”, radio host Alex Jones organised a petition calling for the British interviewer’s deportation. Cheers could be heard all around the UK – except it would mean that Piers would come back to haunt the UK media rather than the US. Continue reading →
In front of a crowd in the Vatican Audience Hall, the head of the Roman Catholic Church used an iPad 4 to send his first tweet: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”