Academy award-winning Reese Witherspoon – drunk and disorderly

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

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Sequestration or cuts? Invest or spend?

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The power of words in swaying public opinion

 

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

Obama and Ahmadinejad try the macho man PR method – with mixed results

President AhmadinejadPhoto credit: Daniella Zalcman

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

How to counter your critics – one simple lesson from Beyoncé

Not just a great Diva, but a clever one too!

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

A New Year’s Resolution: Promise not to promise anymore

Photo by Carmello Fernando

Photo by Carmello Fernando

New Year is, traditionally, a time when we commit to diets, teetotalism, fitness regimes or generally being more laudable people in a promise – to ourselves more than anyone else – to be ‘better’ somehow. And, traditionally, we tend to break those promises after (and this is, admittedly, a wild approximation) a month. But while a cheeky glass of Chenin or going a fortnight without Zumba may be a New Year’s promise broken they are not, generally speaking, fatal – either literally or metaphorically.

But rash promises made to others – particularly to the media – really can be fatal to one’s reputation, especially when they are unambiguous, cast-iron pledges. Here are some examples of those who learnt the hard way: Continue reading

Susan Rice: How to make enemies and fail to influence people

Susan RicePhoto by US Dept. of State

Susan Rice
Photo by US Dept. of State

A few months ago, Susan Rice, current US ambassador to the UN, seemed to have a clear shot at replacing Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State. But last week, she withdrew her nomination for the job last week after it became painfully obvious that she would struggle to get approved by Congress. Continue reading

Michelle Obama has had a good Presidential election

Michelle Obama
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Remember the summer of 2010 and Michelle Obama’s holiday jaunt to Spain with her two daughters and a select group of friends which unleashed a storm of criticism, with accusations of jet-set living at taxpayer expense even as millions of Americans struggled to make ends meet in a lagging economy.

“Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette…than an average mother of two,” drummed  Andrea Tantaros in The New York Daily News, gifting headlines like ‘Let them eat Tapas’.

Well, Michelle Obama has had a good presidential election in 2012. And the French, home of that same Marie Antoinette, absolutely adore her. Continue reading