1. While PRs just love trotting out research, even we draw the line somewhere and today that line was well and truly passed. Now, we’re sure the Manchester Food Research Centre does some sterling work but we’ve got to question why a leading academic working at the centre has spent time researching the best way to eat marmalade on toast. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/8374222/Eat-marmalade-on-cold-toast-says-scientist.html And the fact that his conclusion is that marmalade should be thin cut and eaten on cold toast just adds insult to injury.
2. The obvious highlight of International Womans Day had to be Leona Lewis being named as the most influential woman to live or work in London in the past century by Metro readers. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/857454-leona-lewis-named-londons-most-influential-woman This story caused outrage from the female side of lorry HQ, but thankfully Katie Price lives in Brighton so things could have been a lot worse.
3. Celebrities + social media = the potential for disaster. This week saw the continued, and some say crack fuelled meltdown of Charlie Sheen via his own online show and Twitter http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3460487/Charlie-Sheen-admits-Im-losing-my-mind.html and we love the fact that old Chas is on the look out for an intern which led us to consider which of our lovely interns deserves a well earned secondment.
4. The “three-year glitch” has replaced the “seven-year itch” as the tipping point where couples start to take each other for granted http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/08/us-relationships-itch-odd-idUSTRE7274LE20110308. Good news for William and Kate then, only 37 months to go.
5. ‘Missing’ questions on 2011 Census baffle public http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8371197/Missing-questions-on-2011-Census-baffle-public.html is not really the best start for the Big Society is it David.
6. Denmark to swap stamps for texts http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12703744 Okay, so when we came across this story it seemed a jolly good idea. Then one of the practical young lorry interns pointed out that they would be better off simply not writing the letter or paying for a stamp via text and texting the person the letter was intended for. Ah the innocence of youth.
7. The UK government has been taking a beating in the press for many months as the news of cuts leaked out, but maybe Dave and Nick’s PRs have missed a trick. How about following the lead of Malawi to distract the public from the cuts and criminalising farting in public. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20110210/twl-malawians-voice-anger-against-fartin-41f21e0.html Genius.
8. World smallest man gets in trouble for not using a child booster seat http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/857627-smallest-man-in-the-world-in-trouble-with-police-for-not-using-child-seat Of course only the Australian police could ever get away with this.
9. Why does a council’s website have a click-use licence? http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2011/mar/07/richmond-council-planning-pages I’m pretty sure this isn’t what Tim Berners-Lee has in mind when he invented the World Wide Web.
10. Last but not least, in an age when image is everything we loved the honesty of VM Ware CTO and senior vice president of research and development Stephen Herrod who, during his time at Stanford University told founders of Yahoo and Google to stop wasting their time and focus on their school work before they went off and started their businesses. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12682026