The Foreign Desk
That caught your attention. Which is exactly the thinking of the Outdoor Advertising Association, which is using the 'Career Women Make Bad Mothers' slogan to convince the public of the power of poster ads.
So the controversial – some might say downright offensive – statement will be glued to the side of double-decker buses and across [...]
Hide behind the sofa now. Doctors are voicing their concern that Government plans to allow broadcasters to use product placement will put us at risk of being exposed to marketing for unhealthy foods and alcohol.
It seems the British Medical Association, which has written a letter of complaint to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, [...]
When it comes to stopping Islamic extremists trying to blow up their underpants, America’s security agencies demonstrated this week that their fat-necked employees are about as much use as a chocolate teapot.
When it comes to persecuting journalists who manage to embarrass them, these gun-toting buffoons are, however, a ruthless force to be reckoned with. [...]
I was in Sri Lanka last week working on a couple of stories and was amazed how both the mood and the landscape had changed. Since I was last there in May in the immediate aftermath of the war, the number of road-blocks and check-points has dramatically reduced and there's a brighter mood about many [...]
Earlier this year, I wrote a story from Sri Lanka about the efforts of several senior LTTE members to surrender in the very final stages of the war and how they were shot dead – apparently while walking towards government troops and carrying a white flag. My sources were pretty good – I had spoken [...]
A few weeks back, I discovered that the Church of Scientology was using images of Sir Winston Churchill, together with quotations from his speeches on a selection of its fundraising and recruitment literature (read about it here).
The descendants of Britain’s wartime leader duly issued a cease-and-desist letter, instructing the endlessly-colourful organisation to stop trying to [...]
I've long argued that every time you take a flight, or get on a bus or make an overnight coach journey, you should be sure to talk to the person next to you. As I discovered earlier this year in Thailand, no matter how tired or grumpy and not in the mood to chat you [...]
The Bourne films represent one the most valuable franchises in Hollywood, with the last in the series making back $440m (four times its budget), at the box office alone. So goodness knows what crisis meetings are being held tonight amid reports that Matt Damon is about to make himself unavailable for the fourth in [...]
There’s a classic episode of South Park which revolves around a simple observation: while racism against African Americans, or Latinos, or Native Americans has become firmly unacceptable, mainstream US culture can be surprisingly tolerant of discrimination against people who happen to boast a foreign nationality.
I was reminded of this satirical trumph (which you can watch [...]
Earlier this year, Sir David Frost announced to much fanfare that he was to executive-produce a remake of the classic WW2 movie Dambusters, in conjunction with the Director, Producer and all round film mogul Peter Jackson.
A full-scale replica of a Lancaster bomber was built. Stephen Fry was brought in to write the script, and many [...]
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