Thursday, 30 August 2012

Tripe In The News

Those doughty folk at The Tripe Marketing Board managed to wheedle their way in to the City Diary on the Times, yesterday...

Where will they turn up next??

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Tripe Fights Back!

Five years ago I reported here that tripe sales had been facing a year on year decline since 1953. The Tripe Marketing Board were marshaling their (admittedly slim) resources and preparing a comeback for the product. 
It has taken time. 

Fortunately, a bequest from a recently-deceased tripe lover means they have been able to invest heavily in advertising and social media. They now have a website and a YouTube Channel (to which they are inviting subscribers).  They seem to be using Facebook to good effect and recently offered me the post of Chief Twitter Feed. I can't pretend I'm unhappy as the retainer they have offered will pay for a nice little holiday somewhere warm over the winter (and I don't mean Southport!). 

As their slogan puts it: Love Life. Love Tripe. I don't think I could put it better than that myself. 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Check Your Facts!

It's a long time since I've had to make reference to Wally Green. As a cub reporter on the Stockport Examiner, Wally was a great influence on me. It was towards the end of March, 1967, and I received a phone call inviting me to a meeting of the Avril Phirst Appreciation Society - supposedly a group set up to commemorate the career of an Oldham actress from the 1930's. 

I was all ready to attend, when Wally suggested I make a few enquiries about the Society. Needless to say, they didn't check out, and I managed to avoid a bit of egg on my face by covering something which was clearly an April Fool's joke. If only the Wally's Wise Words were available to today's journalists. It started here: 

and in less than 24 hours had appeared here 

not to mention here

Now, did anyone even attempt to contact Sir Norman Wrassle, who is quoted so extensively? Wally's Wise Words should be tattooed on the arm of every journalist. Check your facts - especially if they appear on the World Wide Web! 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Olympic Fever Sweeps The Sitting Room

While I can't pretend I'm not enjoying the Women's Beach Volleyball, I must confess I am finding the saturation coverage of the Olympics a little difficult to bear. 

I can't help feeling that more local sporting attractions are being somewhat overshadowed by the media's constant focus on London 2012. It's time the balance was redressed...