Over egging? Humour meets Twitter head on – this time it works

Nick Clegg - Image by the Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg – Image by the Liberal Democrats

Throwing eggs and other bakery related goods is not just confined to Justin Bieber but it’s a bit of a British tradition, with previous Prime Ministers and party leaders not exempt from this form of protest.

Memorable moments such as then Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott’s infamous run in with an egg wielding citizen back in 2001, or more recently, UK Opposition leader Ed Miliband being the target of a spontaneous, politically motivated egging whilst on the campaign trail at a street market in London last year.

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#Mangogate – A ‘win win’ publicity stunt, mango-mania puts small town Bowen on the map

Mango

One of Australia’s 150 ‘big things’ erected as tourist attractions was stolen last week, sparking the debate ‘Is this a publicity stunt?”

The three-storey, 10 tonne mango was the pride of small town Bowen, before it disappeared in the middle of the night on Monday, 24th February.
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Rant or Reason?

PR and winning the debate

Piers MorganImage credit: Cow PR

Piers Morgan
Image credit: Cow PR

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

A coup for Twitter as the Pope tweets – and not in Latin

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Dalai Lama still on top – on twitter at least

This week, Tweeters welcomed Pope Benedict XVI into The Twittersphere.

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.”

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Prince Philip’s humour saves ‘his grace’

Official portrait of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh taken in the Centre Room at Buckingham Palace in December 2011 © Royal Household/John Swannell

In the 65 years since he married Queen Elizabeth II, consort Prince Philip has built a reputation for his caustic wit and politically incorrect gaffes.

And he has hit on one of each in the space of a week:

At the end of last week, he endeared himself to every spouse by berating an award-winning silversmith over the time-consuming problem of the jewellery clasp. You know – Queen comes in wearing full evening ball gown, as you do… “Those infernal clasps are absolutely impossible. You fiddle with them for hours, then they suddenly come undone and they fall on the floor but you have no idea why”…. Continue reading