Archive for April, 2010

Sure, crisps and rugby are a sexy combo

Posted in Food & Drink, Shopping on April 28, 2010 by Johnnie

There’s quite a storm in a crisp poke about the new Hunky Dorys billboard adverts, which feature curvy young women in supposed-rugby gear alongside slogans like “Are you staring at my crisps?”, “Others Haka, we Hunky” and “Tackle these”.  For those of a certain vintage and persuasion, I’m sure they’re a comforting throwback to the sexist humour of such comic geniuses as Roy Chubby Brown and Jim Davidson.  The ads also say Hunky Dorys are “Proud sponsors of Irish Rubgy”, a claim the Irish Rugby Football Union refute since it only apparently applies to Navan.

As Conor Pope points out in his article in this morning’s Irish Times, shock value is often the best promotion a product can get.  Unfortunately, given the ubiquity of “models” in bikinis being photographed promoting all sorts of depressingly pointless products on Grafton Street or St Stephen’s Green over the past decade, it’s hard to believe anyone could actually be shocked by the continuing tackiness of the advertising industry – even if we ARE currently experiencing the (ahem) “Celtic Phoenix” effect.

But, T&A images aside, why are we yet again being exposed to utterly inappropriate foods being used to advertise sport?  Continue reading

Hot heads

Posted in Star "Style" on April 14, 2010 by Johnnie

Is the current, idiotic trend of young men wearing woolly hats on blisteringly hot days the new ‘wearing shades at night’? Continue reading

Big treat for Craig Doyle fans this week

Posted in TV on April 7, 2010 by Johnnie

It’s an exciting week for Craig Doyle’s legion of fans – not only is his new chat show, Tonight with Craig Doyle, starting on RTÉ One this Saturday night, but there are interviews with him in BOTH the RTÉ Guide and TV Now.  That’s two magazines featuring his tousled hair, affable dimples and down-to-earth self-deprecation.  Actually, the heady days of BBC1’s Holiday apart, it’s hard to think of a more exciting time to be a Craig Doyle fan.  *Spoiler alert* Continue reading

Scrabble: now available in “moron”

Posted in Grave News, Words on April 6, 2010 by Johnnie

The world of ‘rules’ is in mourning tonight, after Mattel announced that the forthcoming new edition of Scrabble will make proper nouns acceptable.

According to a ‘spokesperson’, “this is one of a number of twists and challenges included that we believe existing fans will enjoy and will also enable younger fans and families to get involved.”  In other words, the thickest members of society will now get one from Santa and not feel entirely excluded – especially now that Burberry, Kappa, Liverpool, Coldplay, Shoxx, Parkhead, Carlsberg, McDonalds and Hollyoaks are about to become potentially high-scoring options. Continue reading

Hail Mary

Posted in Advice, Conspicuous Consumers, Food & Drink, Shopping, Words on April 1, 2010 by Johnnie

This blog has already warmly welcomed the Green Party’s proposal to introduce tax incentives for vegan converts but not even the most militant plant-eaters among us could have predicted it would receive the support of Mary Harney TD.  While I and many others are still more than a little worried about the content of her forthcoming statement on the issue, word from government sources is that Ms Harney’s conversion to the cause is “deadly serious”.  If so, this will represent the single most positive step she has taken in her tenure as Health Minister.

Besides the Harney’s heavyweight backing, other mooted proposals include using celebrity vegan and former Miss World Rosanna Davison to front a campaign aimed at school children, where re-education on popular myths, such as the health benefits of dairy products, is already well underway (I for one am absolutely delighted my daughter is now receiving soya milk in class), as well as subtle condemnation of lazy parents who hold children’s parties in burger joints. 

While this will inevitably wind up ICSA members (as well as countless others, like those who are already gearing up to protest against the forthcoming ban on cruel, outdated “sports” like horse and dog racing), it’s truly wonderful that the government of Ireland is actually putting the health of its citizens ahead of commercial “imperatives”.  I Have Grave News salutes all concerned for their magnificent efforts in trying to change the way we think, eat and farm, especially in this gruelling week of NAMA horror.  Continue reading