Wonga are winning

You’ve probably seen this in the news today, but if you haven’t, the press release which has come out from Which? about the need to clean up the entire credit market demonstrates that Wonga are definitely winning. The Which? statement confirms everything that Wonga has been saying pretty well since Day One: that it is often …

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Cambridge dress

You know how every now and then you see a news story that makes you think that people take life terribly seriously in areas that you never thought really made much difference to anything? Today, that news story is lurking somewhere in the middle of the Times under the headline, “All change for Cambridge dress …

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A bit of Fielding

A lottery is a taxation/Upon all the fools in creation/And Heaven be praised/ It is easily raised/ Credulity’s always in fashion (1732) I was interested today to read the exchange in the DCMS Select Committee hearing which took place a week ago last Tuesday, featuring people from Camelot talking about the National Lottery. I had …

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Fantasy Betfair

In my earlier post on the CVC/Richard Koch bid for Betfair, I commented that they may be buying into the current strategy to take on the bookmaking industry at its traditional game, or alternatively might be playing Fantasy Betfair. This blog, which is part 2 of my thoughts on a potential private equity bid, is …

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Send them off!

I’m hoping to find some time to write up some thoughts on the back of last week’s Asian Gaming Conference which I was at in Macau, but in the interim, I saw this over the weekend, and I have a question on the back of it: Last Sunday’s Ryman Premier League game between Thurrock and …

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Blackberry car crash

There have been some pretty dodgy broadcasting performances on display in the last few months. Acting BBC DG Tim Davie’s attempt in front of Sky cameras felt like it would never be beaten for car-crash corporate comms. But then the day before yesterday, Blackberry’s European MD had a nightmare as he did the rounds launching his …

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Efficient?

I’ve just been reading a gambling update which tells me that an enforcement note released by the Spanish authorities over the summer stated that as a result of the regulator’s actions, 55 out of 80 potentially illegal gambling sites with the highest relevance in the Spanish market either have shut down or don’t accept Spanish …

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Hillsborough

I mentioned that there were lots of things I have wanted to write about, had I had more time to do so and still get a blog up within a relevant timescale. One of those was the Hillsborough verdict. I have no connection with Hillsborough. But back in 1989, within weeks of it happening, I …

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Empty seats

I was on LBC yesterday morning talking about the empty seats at the Olympics. I’m amazed, from a PR perspective, that LOCOG and others in a position of knowledge have handled the issue so badly. Yes, empty seats are really annoying for people (of whom I am one) who tried for lots of tickets in …

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Is that Camembert I see?

In his book analyzing the role of conspiracy theory in the shaping of modern history, the award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch lambasts the technique of building arguments “brick by unreliable brick”, and allying the result to “the synthesizing of radically diverse subject matter into the requisite coherent pattern” in order to create a thesis where “absolutely …

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