Posts from 18th October 2006

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Oct 06

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – “Woodstock”

FT + Popular63 comments • 6,297 views

#292, 31st October 1970

In the whole Popular project so far, “Woodstock” represents my biggest turnaround in opinion between hearing and writing about it. On first listen it sounded dreary, sappy and self-satisfied – I had it earmarked for a 2, or even a 1.

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SecondLife vs No Life

FT + Proven By Science6 comments • 921 views

One of the more eyebrow-raising branding successes of the year has been SecondLife, the “real world” massively multiplayer online ‘game’ (or ‘environment’ maybe) which has been getting regular press – marketing and mainstream – for the willingness of various businesses to advertise there: most recently Reuters, which has assigned some poor sucker thrusting young journalist to its virtual beat.

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We are all Wurzels now

FT + Pumpkin Publog9 comments • 925 views

There was an interesting article in this week’s Marketing Week about cider, which is undergoing something of a boom. Actually the article wasn’t especially interesting for what it said about cider itself (other than to point out that the ‘cider revival’ had got going before Magners got in on the act). It’s more the idea that cider as a product was in the right place and the right time to capitalise on underlying booze trends, which the article summarises thus:

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Last night, another Whispererer

Do You See + FTPost a comment • 601 views

Last night’s Ghost Whispererer conformed fairly closely to the formula I described yesterday, thankfully. If it hadn’t, I’d have looked like a proper Charlie.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been helping to tidy up some of the FT archives, and bringing some old FT essays into the current template. Exciting stuff, yes? I bring this up because one of the pieces I did yesterday was this classic piece of vintage Ewing, musing on fandom, pop, comics and continuity. And last night’s show was all about the backstory.

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